Cognitive Technologies adapt technologies to people with different needs and abilities with application domains in health, quality of life, education, transportation, IT, Leisure, etc. It is an expanding field of research, with an increasing number of technologies being used in challenging situations including piloting, Air Traffic Control, Medical technology, etc but also in widely used everyday technologies (smartwatch, phone, car, etc.). Toulouse has a strong internationally recognized presence in this area and a history of rich collaborations between Psychology and Ergonomy (CLLE-LTC), Computer Sciences (IRIT) and Neuroergonomy (ISAE). Many Toulouse projects have involved Air Traffic Control and Aeronautics (since Toulouse is the home of Airbus), but TMBI is also active in assistive technologies, an expanding field of research (Neuroprosthesis, Brain Computer Interaction and Neuroergonomics) addressed by ISAE, IRIT, and CerCo. Assistive technologies help people with special needs, including Sensory, Motor and Cognitive impairments, to perform tasks that would otherwise be impossible.
Future lines of research will address new challenges that include: helping blind people to understand spatial layout and take appropriate decisions; helping blind people access images, drawings, graphs, geographical data; helping motor impaired people use computers or robots for text input but also for mobility, helping people with memory or disorientation deficits achieve social activities, etc. The goal is to help people with Special Needs and increase their activity (writing, moving, reading, etc.), their social participation (instructional, professional, leisure, political, etc.) and improve their quality of life.