Naturalness in Human Cognitive Enhancement, 2014-2017
The project Naturalness in Human Cognitive Enhancement benefits from a €611.065 grant from Norway through the Norway Grants.
The Programme Operator of Czech-Norwegian research programme is Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.
Toward a Method for Exposing and Elucidating Ethical Issues with Human Cognitive Enhancement Technologies
Just Published: Hofmann, B. (2016) Toward a Method for Exposing and Elucidating Ethical Issues with Human Cognitive Enhancement Technologies. Sci Eng Ethics. doi:10.1007/s11948-016-9791-0
Just Published: Hofmann, B., Haustein, D., Landeweerd, L. (2016) Smart-Glasses: Exposing and Elucidating the Ethical Issues. Sci Eng Ethics. doi:10.1007/s11948-016-9792-z
Since June 1st, 2016, the HCENAT project is extended by additional activities in three key areas: 1) Responsible research and innovation (RRI) in the field of human cognitive enhancement (HCE); 2) Impact of virtual reality on human behaviour and cognitive strategies; 3) Social inclusion of patients after total laryngectomy through optimized user interface for speech synthesis.
Starting November 27th, 2015, the principal investigator of the project is Eva Žáčková. Since June 1st, 2016, the project is extended by additional activities and one new work-package.
Our researchers regularly inform the academia about their work on HCENAT project. See the list of their lectures in 2016.
Jindřich Matoušek leads a team which develops speech synthesis for patients after total laryngectomy. During the surgery, they lose their voice and the synthesis enables them to communicate via PC, tablet or smartphone while keeping the sound of their original voice. Their voice is recorded in advance and later reconstructed in a manner that it can read any text written in a simple application. Matoušek presented the work of his team in Nečtiny, January 2016.
Just Published: Žáčková, E. (2015) K čemu konvergují nové technologie? Západočeská univerzita, Plzeň. ISBN 978-80-261-0600-5
Comparison of Visuospatial and Verbal Abilities in First Psychotic Episode of Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder: Impact on Global Functioning and Quality of Life
Just Published: Rodriguez, M., Spaniel, F., Konradova, L., Sedlakova, K., Dvorska, K., Prajsova, J., Kratochvilova, Z., Levcik, D., Vlcek, K., Fajnerova, I. (2015): Comparison of Visuospatial and Verbal Abilities in First Psychotic Episode of Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder: Impact on Global Functioning and Quality of Life. Front. Behav. Neurosci. 9:322. doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00322
University of West Bohemia and ENT (“Ear, Neck, Throat”) Clinic Motol work together on so called “speech conservation” for the patients diagnosed with severe throat cancer. The speech conversation project allows the laryngectomy patients to record their voice in the period before the surgery and later, after the loss of their own vocal cords, use it to communicate with his/her own voice.
On December 10, 2015, our department organized a workshop on virtual reality for students and teachers at UWB. Smartglasses (Vuzix M100 and Meta 1) and Google cardboard were presented during the workshop and their potential for educational purposes was broadly discussed amongst fellow colleagues.