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  The mission of the Cognitive Lever, or CLever, project is to develop computationally enhanced environments designed to assist not only people with a wide range of cognitive disabilities, but also their support community.

Our research group at CU has been focused for the last 15 years on Intelligence Augmentation (IA) approaches with the objective of complementing, empowering and augmenting human capabilities.

We believe that individuals follow very different learning paths. Our goal is to create environments that match individual needs and learning styles. It is our hope that people at all cognitive levels (ranging from severely disabled to extremely gifted) will greatly profit from the conceptual frameworks and systems which we are developing.

For an overview of the Cognitive Lever Project please see a five minute video demonstrating our vision.
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Empowerment, socialization, inclusion, and learning lead to independence and are the cultural dimensions and objectives of our project.

Our research is focused around three major areas:
  1. Theory development, including comprehension support with narratives, visualization and personalization, and collaborative knowledge construction;
  2. Community building, including collaborations with teachers, parents, and health care professionals, and the creation of physical and virtual meeting places; and
  3. Toolkit and system development and assessment.

Specific research topics that will be addressed include:
  1. People with disabilities form "a universe of one" requiring research in personalization, user modeling, and adaptation;
  2. Different learning paths are needed to match individual needs and learning styles;
  3. Individuals with special educational needs and very different cognitive abilities offer a unique window into understanding the human thought processes; and
  4. Research to support lifelong learning, and development of an infrastructure in which task-relevant knowledge can be shared.

Last updated: September 3, 2004
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