Scientometric Study on Human Optimization


  1. Wiseman, E.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN)
The present scientometric study was commissioned by the Chief Scientist Network of Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). It provides an overview of Canadian research activity and collaboration networks in the field of human optimization. To identify major players, their collaboration networks and key research topics in the Canadian landscape, 366 references to relevant Canadian 2005-2015 publications were retrieved and analyzed using text mining software and a variety of visualization tools. Research topics have been categorized into four (non-mutually exclusive) metagroups including Ethics, Physiological issues, Computational/Cognitive issues and Automation/Robotics. A summary of the findings is provided in Table 1. Two major trends emerged from the analysis of the articles. First, there is a rich and continuing discussion of the ethical issues regarding human optimization, from technological, medical and social perspectives and across various stakeholder domains. Second, there is notable convergence of technological and social issues in the research. This finding supports the goal of facilitating workshops to help unify issues and communities in the four main areas of human optimization research. Given the presence of existing collaboration networks in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver, these would be ideal locations for such workshops. Recommendations for identifying additional Canadian research and experts in the field of human optimization include additio
human optimization;literature search;Canadian publication;human performance;ethics;teleoperation and robotics;computation and cognition;physiological enhancement
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-C235 — Contract Report
Date of publication
08 Oct 2015
Number of Pages
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