About Luc P. Beaudoin
- At CogZest: Founder and President,
- At Simon Fraser University, the academic home of my Cognitive Productivity Research Project: Adjunct Professor of Education.
- At CogSci Apps Corp.: Co-founder; product management.
I am the author of Author of Cognitive Productivity: The Art and Science of Using Knowledge to Become Profoundly Effective.
I am working on these projects.
Longish Bio from Undergraduate Days to Today
- My undergraduate was in Psychology, with an honour’s thesis on computer modeling the evolution of vision. My supervisor was Claude Lamontagne (himself a Ph.D. in AI [vision] from the U of Edinburgh).
- I spent the first year of my Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at Sussex University in England. I completed my thesis at the University of Birmingham (computer modelling of goal processing and motivation) with Prof. Aaron Sloman as supervisor throughout.
- I was Assistant Professor of Military Psychology and Leadership at the Royal Military College of Canada (e.g., Motivation and Performance Enhancement).
- I was an at-founding employee of Tundra Semiconductor (technical writer).
- I was the first employee of Abatis Systems Corp. (Senior Software Developer).
- These two companies created innovative solutions to significant problems for our customers. I learned an enormous amount about designing products (including businesses); about motivation, leadership, learning, knowledge building, etc.; more than I could have had I remained a professor. The combined valuation of those two companies soared to well over $2 billion in less than 5 and 3 years, respectively. This confirmed what I knew from studying with Dr. Claude Lamontagne and Professor Aaron Sloman: spectacular progress is possible when working with all-round excellent minds.
As a cognitive scientist, one of the things that struck me at Abatis was that, despite the fact that my colleagues and I had full access to technical documentation in electronic formats and the best computers and monitors, we printed out reams of documentation. I wondered: what would it take for knowledge workers to be better able to learn with technology, on screen, without needing to print?
So, after Abatis was acquired by Redback Networks, I set my sights on creating my own company (code named “Lakatosh”) and products to enhance cognitive productivity. One of my main goals has since then been to help knowledge workers turn external information into personal knowledge that is not just in the machines but active in one’s mind. I began designing products to optimize learning, mastery and remembering; products that leveraged the best of cognitive science and technology.
In 2002, I took these ideas to Prof. Phil Winne’s projects at Simon Fraser University. We developed software to enhance and research self-regulated learning. I became his research associate, leading our software development teams and helping raise millions of dollars to fund our R&D. I also used this opportunity to keep learning about how the mind can drive its cognitive productivity—downwards or upwards.
In 2010, I became Adjunct Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University, and I launched CogZest. With CogZest, my objectives are even more ambitious than “Lakatosh”: from information to all round personal excellence through cognitive productivity. Most of Lakatosh remained in stealth mode. CogZest will open it up as we develop and release our products.
If you’ve read and reflected about CogZest’s mission, you may have realized that an interdisciplinary background is required to accomplish it. I’ve written this page to highlight some of the background that I think is required and that I bring to the task. That includes understanding:
- Affective cognitive science (including the psychological topics mentioned below)
- The mind as a complex but accessible and controllable mechanism
- Affect: motivation (including goal processing), emotions, attitudes and performance enhancement
- Self regulation
- Self-directed learning
- Interpersonal relations, values and ethics
- Research and development
- Software development and information technology
- Knowledge worker productivity
- Personality, particularly inventiveness and efficiency
- Knowledge industry and building world-class intellectual products.
I also have an active research program to better understand sleep onset and treat insomnia. As usual, I take a cognitive science stance there too.
If you’re interested in the intersection of learning, thinking, knowledge building and productivity, then perhaps CogZest will appeal to you.
Luc P. Beaudoin, Ph.D. (Cognitive Science)
Founder and President
Author of Cognitive Productivity: The Art and Science of Using Knowledge to Become Profoundly Effective
Adjunct Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University, the academic home of my Cognitive Productivity Research Project, and
Co-founder of CogSci Apps Corp., the company to which in Q1-2014 CogZest transferred the intellectual property of our cognitive productivity software for commercialization.
I was an early investor in Tundra and Abatis. I am also an angel investor in PHEMI Systems.