Cognitive Assistants


Cognitive assistants, also known as virtual assistants or intelligent assistants, are software programs designed to assist users with a variety of tasks. They use artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) to understand and respond to user input in a human-like manner.

Cognitive assistants are used in a variety of applications and settings, including personal devices, home appliances, and business and enterprise environments. Some common examples of cognitive assistants include Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana.

In personal devices, cognitive assistants are often used to perform tasks such as setting alarms, making phone calls, sending texts and emails, and playing music. They can also be used to answer questions and provide information, such as the weather forecast or directions.

In business and enterprise environments, cognitive assistants can be used to automate tasks, improve customer service, and streamline processes. For example, they can be used to schedule meetings, answer frequently asked questions, and provide information about products or services.

See also:

Cognitive Agents

Cognitive assistants for analysts G Tecuci, M Boicu, D Marcu, C Boicu… – Journal of Intelligence …, 2007 – Traditional intelligence analysis suffers from several systemic problems including: information overload; intelligence sharing difficulties; lack of time, methods, and resources for analytic collaboration with area experts; limited capabilities in regard to the … Cited by 20 Related articles All 4 versions

Explaining Task Processing in Cognitive Assistants That Learn. DL McGuinness, A Glass, M Wolverton… – AAAI Spring Symposium: …, 2007 – Abstract As personal assistant software matures and assumes more autonomous control of its users’ activities, it becomes more critical that this software can explain its task processing. It must be able to tell the user why it is doing what it is doing, and instill trust in the user … Cited by 15 Related articles All 33 versions

A pervasive cognitive assistant for smart homes J Bauchet, D Vergnes, S Giroux… – Proceedings of the …, 2006 – Abstract Cognitively impaired people may suffer from deficits of attention, initiation, memory, and planning. A pervasive cognitive assistant (PCA) able to address them is deployed into an experimental smart apartment. The illustration of the prototype focuses on the morning … Cited by 12 Related articles All 2 versions

Survey measures for evaluation of cognitive assistants A Steinfeld, PA Quinones, J Zimmerman… – Proceedings of the …, 2007 – Abstract A survey designed to measure subject perception of benefit, ease of use, usefulness, collaboration, disorientation, flow, and assistance was used to evaluate two releases of an integrated machine learning cognitive assistance system. The design and … Cited by 11 Related articles All 12 versions

Cognitive assistant system concept for multi-UAV guidance using human operator behaviour models D Donath, A Rauschert, A Schulte – HUMOUS’10, 2010 – Abstract. Future military missions require the simultaneous guidance of multiple UAVs by one or few operators from aboard a manned aircraft. In this paper an approach will be described how to supplement the human operator (s) with a cognitive and cooperative … Cited by 9 Related articles

Computational Theory and Cognitive Assistant for Intelligence Analysis. G Tecuci, D Marcu, M Boicu, D Schum, K Russell – STIDS, 2011 – Ralph, the supervisor of the warehouse, reports that the cesium-137 canister is registered as being in the warehouse, that no one at the XYZ Company had checked it out, but it is not located anywhere in the hazardous materials locker. He also indicates that the lock on the … Cited by 8 Related articles All 3 versions

Cognitive Assistants for Evidence-Based Reasoning Tasks. M Boicu, D Marcu, G Tecuci, D Schum – AAAI Fall Symposium: Advances in …, 2011 – Abstract EvidenCeYBased reasoning is at the Core of many proBLem soLving and deCision maNing tasNs in a wide variety of domains. This paper introduCes a ComputationaL theory of evidenCeYBased reasoning, the arChiteCture of a Learning agent sheLL whiCh … Cited by 4 Related articles All 6 versions

Coping with the complexity of intelligence analysis: cognitive assistants for evidence-based reasoning G Tecuci, DA Schum, M Boicu, D Marcu – 2010 – ABSTRACT: This paper presents a computational approach to intelligence analysis which is viewed as ceaseless discovery in a non-stationary world involving concurrent processes of evidence in search of hypotheses, hypothesis in search of evidence, and evidential tests … Cited by 3 Related articles All 5 versions

A Cognitive Assistant for Supporting Air Target Identification on Navy Ships E Özyurt, B Döring – Cognitive Technical Systems: Modeling …, 2012 – Abstract: During a simulation study a cognitive assistant (COGAS) is being developed for supporting the crew of a combat information centre (CIC) on Navy ships during air target identification. This contribution describes the functional structure of COGAS and its various … Cited by 2 Related articles All 2 versions

How Learning Enables Intelligence Analysts to Rapidly Develop Practical Cognitive Assistants G Tecuci, M Boicu, D Marcu… – Machine Learning and …, 2013 – Abstract—This paper overviews an end-to-end learning-based approach to the rapid development of practical cognitive assistants for intelligence analysis. A learning agent shell has been trained by a knowledge engineer with general evidencebased reasoning … Cited by 2 Related articles All 3 versions

An exploratory study into the use of an emotionally aware cognitive assistant A Malhotra, C Yu, T Schröder, J Hoey – 2014 – Abstract This paper presents an exploratory study conducted to understand how audio- visual prompts are understood by people on an emotional level as a first step towards the more challenging task of designing emotionally aligned prompts for persons with cognitive … Cited by 2

Computational approach and cognitive assistant for evidence–based reasoning in intelligence analysis G Tecuci, DA Schum, D Marcu, M Boicu – International Journal of …, 2014 – Inderscience This paper presents a computational approach to intelligence analysis and its current implementation into a cognitive assistant called Disciple–CD. Intelligence analysis is viewed as ceaseless discovery of evidence, hypotheses, and arguments in a non–stationary … Cited by 1 Related articles All 2 versions

Towards Pervasive Cognitive Assistants for Smart Homes S Giroux, H Pigot, J Bauchet, D Vergnes – Abstract At DOMUS lab, we develop theory and praxis for assistance to cognitive deficits for activities of daily living. From the theory side, mathematical or logical models are used to describe activities of daily living and to reason upon resident actions. On the praxis side, a … Related articles All 2 versions

Evaluation and extension of the cognitive assistant system (COGAS) for user-oriented support of air target identification E Ozyurt, B Doring, F Flemisch – Cognitive Methods in Situation …, 2014 – Abstract?Combat Information Centres (CIC) of German Navy ships are equipped with highly advanced command and control systems. Due to different task domains the command and control processes are characterized by a high complexity that might affect the … Related articles

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PAL Boot Camp: Preparing Cognitive Assistants for Deployment DS Lange, M Carlin, V Ivanchenko, V Berzins – 2007 – Most visions for decision support and information technology anticipate the use of machine learning to enable software to respond to an adapting environment, including the ability to learn capabilities while on-the-job. Currently, systems and software engineering … All 6 versions

Toward cognitive assistants for complex decision making under uncertainty DA Schum, G Tecuci, D Marcu, M Boicu – Intelligent Decision …, 2014 – IOS Press Discussed in this paper is a quite unique and novel intelligence decision technology resting upon three systems we have called Disciple-LTA (Learning, Teaching and Assistance), TIACRITIS (Training Intelligence Analysts Critical Reasoning Skills), and Disciple-CD ( … Related articles

The Impact of Automated Cognitive Assistants on Situational Awareness in the Brigade Combat Team CE Fischer – 2010 – Abstract: This research investigated the impact of automated cognitive assistants, specifically, the Personalized Assistant that Learns (PAL), on situational awareness, efficiency and effectiveness of decision making in the brigade combat team. PAL was … Cited by 1 Related articles All 4 versions

Deep QA: Moving beyond the hype to examine the challenges in creating a cognitive assistant for humans J Lai – Australasian Language Technology Association … – Abstract According to Wikipedia, Watson is “an artificially intelligent computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language, developed in IBM’s DeepQA project by a research team”. Hiding behind this fairly bland definition is a complex set of …

Modeling the Human Operator’s Cognitive Process to Enable Assistant System Decisions R Strenzke, A Schulte – GAPRec 2011, 2011 – … team relationship. Ac- cording to (Onken and Schulte 2010) a cognitive assistant system shall be designed as such a cooperatively function- ing automation. It is furthermore defined by the following basic requirements. The assistant … Cited by 1 Related articles All 6 versions

Evaluation Protocol of Portable Assistant Devices for Cognitive Impaired People and their Caregivers JF Moreau, H Pigot, S Giroux, JP Savary – 2005 – … 268, 2004. 15-17 September 2004. Singapore. [HGK+03] Sumi HELAL, Carlos GIRALDO, Youssef KADDOURA, Choonhwa LEE, Hicham EL ZABADANI, and William MANN. Smart phone based cognitive assistant. In UbiHealth … Related articles