An exciting new research project to look into advancing symbiotic interaction in the area of information seeking has just launched. The MindSee project is a cutting edge collaboration involving experts from leading European universities and research companies.

MindSee will last 36 months and is part funded by the European Commission 7th Framework programme. The project will be developing a novel symbiotic information retrieval system aiming at lowering the workload of researchers to make the information retrieval process more effective. MindSee will capitalize on recent advances on BCI (Brain Computer Interaction), fusing EEG and peripheral physiology signals (EDR, facial EMG, eye gaze and pupillometry) to unobtrusively detect implicit user responses of which users are not aware. Combining this approach with machine learning, the MindSee system will aim to better predict user intentions and exploration needs in providing a massive advance in human-machine symbiosis.

MindSee partners are: University of Helsinki, Aalto University, University of Padova, Technische Universität Berlin and i2 media research ltd (based at Goldsmiths, University of London). The team of partners brings together expertise in: machine learning and probabilistic modeling (Aalto); basic and strategic research on information technology (UH); human-technology interaction and applied cognitive science (UNIPD); research on Brain-Computer Interfaces (TUB); and research on user experience and consumer behaviour (from identifying user needs to designing market entry strategies) (i2 media research).

MindSee Coordinator Prof Giulio Jacucci said: “It is a real pleasure to lead such a well qualified team in this ground breaking Future and Emerging Technology research project.  We’ve hit the ground running, and are making excellent progress towards our objective of better, easier search online information retrieval experiences based on symbiotic human-machine interaction.”

i2 media research’s Managing Director Prof. Jonathan Freeman said: “It is really exciting to be working with some of our long term research partners and new partners in MindSee.  i2’s initial activities have been around framing our user research around our time-pressure by focus model of consumer and searcher behavior. The model applies to diverse contexts (from retail to online information retrieval), and we are delighted to see the value it brings to the design of new services. We are confident that its application in MindSee to the domain of online information search will help the project to develop a next generation of search experiences for researchers, and for the public at large when it is applied to online search more generally in future.”

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