Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance
|Event Date/Time: Feb 24, 2005||End Date/Time: Feb 25, 2005|
|Registration Date: Feb 23, 2005|
|Abstract Submission Date: Jan 31, 2005|
Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Cognitive Science
As nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science advance, researchers are now discovering new ways to integrate their findings. This convergence will bring new approaches to what are currently very diverse areas of research - converging technology platforms, physical and mental performance, human-machine interface, human cognition and communication, learning, work efficiency, and many others. On their own, each of these technologies offers the potential for extraordinary advancement, but combined their potential is enormous and may provide revolutionary advancement in human longevity, quality of life, learning and productivity.
In 2002, the National Science Foundation and Department of Commerce issued the first report on converging technologies for improving human performance, and its outcome is already reflected in several NSF projects. The report asserts that converging technologies is "a broad, cross-cutting, emerging and timely opportunity of interest to individuals, society and humanity in the long-term." It also states, "It is far-reaching and fundamental, urging the transformation of science, engineering and technology at its very roots. The new developments will be revolutionary and must be governed by respect for human welfare and dignity."
This conference has been designed and will be co-chaired by Drs. William Sims Bainbridge, Carlo Montemagno and Mihail C. Roco. Dr. Bainbridge is Director of the Science and Engineering Informatics Program of the NSF, and has directed the division's Human Computer Interaction, Universal Access, and Knowledge and Cognitive Systems Program. Dr. Montemagno is Deputy Director, California Nano Systems Institute; Co-Director, Institute of Cell Mimetic Space Exploration (CMISE); Roy and Carol Doumani Professor and Chair, Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Roco is a Senior Advisor at the NSF, and Chairs the U.S. National Science and Technology Council's Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET). He also oversees the National Nanotechnology Initiative. Drs. Roco and Bainbridge were co-editors of the NSF/DOC report “Converging Technologies for Improving Performance” (Kluwer, 2003), and Drs. Roco and Montemagno were co-editors of “Coevolution of Human Potential and Converging Technologies” (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2004).
The potential of converging technologies for influencing and defining the future of the new products and services, and ultimately of human performance, is very broad. If you are interested in hearing directly from industry, government, research and educational leaders who will showcase methods for integrating knowledge to improve human performance, including presentations on convergence products and manufacturing processes already in development, you cannot afford to miss this event.
Specific topics include:
• Converging new technologies in industry and medicine
• Brain, mind and behavior
• Human-machine interface
• Reshaping organizations and business
• Enhancement of cell functions
• Legal and ethical issues
• Computer interfaces with nano-bio-cognitive
• International research activities components
• Government programs
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