Human-Computer Coexistence: Innovation in the age of smart devices - Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου - Open University of Cyprus


Purpose and brief description:

At a time when the Internet is the main space for socialisation, education, and entertainment, the human-computer relationship is evolving from interaction to a cohabitation relationship. Smart devices are called upon to adapt to the cognitive capabilities and particularities of their users, while users are called upon to train and personalise their smart devices. The present professional development programme examines the opportunity presented by these modern trends for innovation.

The professional development programme will introduce trainees to basic principles and technologies for developing innovative solutions in the context of human-computer coexistence, with an emphasis on cultivating the ability of learners to identify areas that require such solutions and propose their own ideas.

A common goal is those people without the necessary background in Informatics, who want to learn the types of modern technologies that are widely integrated into smart devices, and how these devices can be the background for developing innovative solutions to problems facing modern society.

Minimum Admission Requirements:

  • High School Diploma
  • Interest in modern technologies and applications on smart devices
  • Ability for autonomous study and collaboration as a team member
  • Ability to use a computer and search for information on the Internet.

Teaching Method / Methodology / Form of Educational Material:

  • Weekly teleconferences to discuss the main points of the material.
  • Continuous participation through support (in the e-learning platform) stands and opinions that to be found in the material of the week, with structured arguments.
  • Educational material in the form of articles (online and academic).
  • Projects to apply the skills that will be acquired in a real problem.

The professional development programmes are two months long and the participation cost is 140 Euros for each programme.

Programme Structure:

Teaching Unit 1: Modern Smart Devices

  • Presentation of existing and planned smart devices (e.g., smartphones, smartwatches), the capabilities and services they provide (eg, Siri), and the prospect of evolving into personal assistants for their users.

Teaching Unit 2: Principles of Collective Intelligence

  • Introduction to the concept of collectivity, with references to multi-agent systems, game theory, crowd wisdom, the concept of multiplication and collective calculation, the pros and cons of decentralisation.

Teaching Unit 3: Cognitive Programming

  • User-device interaction to identify user preferences, and personalise the device. Study of basic principles of mechanical learning, text comprehension, and reasoning with rules / arguments with priorities.

Teaching Unit 4: Assessment Methodology

  • Discussion of metrics and methods for evaluating solutions: usability, anonymity, providing incentives, dealing with malicious and strategic use and partnerships between users. Experimental evaluation, and simple statistical analysis.

Teaching Unit 5: Innovative Solution Development

  • Implement skills to identify a problem in modern society, develop an innovative solution, present how to use smart devices, discuss the principles it applies, and evaluate the quality of the solution.