ICDAR International Workshop on Human-Document Interaction (HDI) 2019

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Dr Tilman Dingler
University of Melbourne, Australia

The Past, Present, and Future of Reading: Building Systems to Support Reading Activities

Abstract: While writing and reading dates back to the 4th millennium BC, reading as a way of accessing information has evolved from a privilege reserved for an elite few to a skill practised by the majority of the population. Especially since the Industrial Revolution, literacy has spiked to a point where today, more than 86% of the world’s population is considered literate. Reading techniques themselves have evolved from reading aloud to silent reading, and with the advent of the digital revolution, where, how, and what we read has significantly changed. The information age provides us with both opportunities and challenges, which change our reading behaviour. Various devices are now available for reading, and their mobility provides us with unprecedented opportunities to engage with text anytime, anywhere. 
In his talk, Tilman Dingler—whose research focuses on technologies that augment human cognitive abilities—will present challenges, best practices, and future directions of ubiquitous technologies to support reading activities. With examples from his research on reading interfaces, scheduling algorithms and cognition-aware systems, this talk will outline a research agenda for systems that provide better readability, prioritise information gain over attention capture, and instil better reading habits in their users.

Bio: Tilman is a Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer at the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Stuttgart, a Master of Science Degree from the University of San Francisco, a Diploma from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, and an Honors Degree from the Center of Digital Technology and Management at the University of Munich. Before joining Melbourne, Tilman was a Project Assistant Professor at Osaka Prefecture University in Japan and spent some time as a visiting post-doc at the MIT Media Lab. In between his academic career, Tilman worked in Industry as an engineer at Yahoo! Inc. and TinyCo. His research focuses on building cognition-aware technologies that help people process information more effectively and augment human cognition.