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Call: Robots and Representation: Emerging Issues in Gender, Technology, Design and Culture

October 21, 2010

News Release

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The role of gender in technology, especially robots, will be highlighted during a one-day symposium, art exhibition and film screening at Purdue University.

“Robots and Representation: Emerging Issues in Gender, Technology, Design and Culture” is Nov. 5 in the Discovery Learning Research Center.

“As engineering and technological advancements make humanoid robots in our everyday lives a reality, rather than science fiction, we want to better understand the role that gender plays in the design of actual robots,” said Shannon C. McMullen, an assistant professor of visual and performing arts and one of the event’s organizers. “One of the questions we want to explore is how does the representation of gender change as more women enter the field of robotics? In the cultural realm, a second question we are interested in is how can artistic investigations help us ask questions about gender and robots? The symposium brings together scientists, artists and other experts for a multi-disciplinary discussion of the relationship between gender and robotic forms.” Read more on Call: Robots and Representation: Emerging Issues in Gender, Technology, Design and Culture…

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A soldier watches the birth of his daughter from thousands of miles away

[From Salt Lake City’s Deseret News]

[Image: Cecilia Rea kisses her newborn baby Amelie while talking with her husband Senior Airman Geiber Rea through Skype while he is in Afgahnistan in American Fork Wednesday.]

A soldier watches the birth of his daughter from thousands of miles away

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

AMERICAN FORK — Geiber Rea soothed and encouraged his wife Cecilia throughout an induced labor Tuesday at American Fork Hospital.

From his perch at her bedside he witnessed the strain in her eyes and beaded perspiration on her forehead as she pushed the couple’s second daughter out into the world.

When it was all over, he reassuringly told Cecilia how well she had performed during the birth.

Geiber, though, did not perform the highly symbolic act often reserved for a newborn’s father — he didn’t cut the umbilical chord.

Because he couldn’t.

He was in Afghanistan.

As part of the U.S. Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing’s Civil Engineer Squadron, Airman 1st Class Rea is stationed at Bagram Air Field near Kabul, Afghanistan. Separated by more than 7,000 miles, the Rea family used Skype to bring Geiber into the delivery room Tuesday. Read more on A soldier watches the birth of his daughter from thousands of miles away…

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Call: European Cities of Advanced Sound (ECAS) Festival as Lab project

FESTIVAL AS LAB
European Cities of Advanced Sound (ECAS)
CALL FOR ENTRIES

Call for Entries Deadline:  24 October 2010
http://submit.futureeverything.org/ecas-festival-as-lab

To launch the new ECAS European festivals network, a Euro 10,000 Commission is available for a new project responding to the theme Festival as Lab.

This call for proposals seeks projects which take the form of an experiment, a prototype or a trial in a new type of art object, technology or form of participation.

The commissioned project will receive a Euro 5,000 fee, up to Euro 5,000 production costs, plus additional limited staging costs and support.

The deadline for submissions is 24th October 2010.

Proposals which do not win the commission may still be considered for inclusion in the ECAS festivals and will automatically be considered for other sources of support. All will receive full marketing benefits, management and network support. Read more on Call: European Cities of Advanced Sound (ECAS) Festival as Lab project…

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Elsaco Kolin’s motion-sim racing platform

[From Hacked Gadgets, where more pictures and video are available]

Crazy Racing Simulator by Motion Sim

Written by: Alan Parekh October 16, 2010

I’m not much of a gamer but I think this Racing Simulator by Motion Sim could cure me! Have a look at the first video [here] to get an idea of what this system can do. The company that makes it is actually in the industrial automation business so they clearly have a good handle on what is needed to fling around the 300KG that the system is rated to handle. Read more on Elsaco Kolin’s motion-sim racing platform…

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Call: “Directions of Realism” – Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

“Directions of Realism” – Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference – February 18-19, 2011

A graduate conference sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Humanities Center, Baltimore, Maryland

Is realism a coherent category, or was it ever? Can realism stake out its identity independent of rival categories like naturalism, idealism and expressionism? This conference seeks to explore the various meanings that the term “realism” takes on within and among disciplines like art history, philosophy, literature and film studies, to understand the issues involved in identifying a work or theory as “realist,” and to map out the various trajectories along which realist conceptions have developed or are likely to develop. We welcome papers that investigate particular works or theories, those that seek to situate them within a larger comparative or historical framework, as well as those that wish to approach the issue from a conceptual standpoint. In exploring these various conceptions and the directions along which they have developed, we hope better to understand the stakes of issues of realism within and among our humanistic discourses. Read more on Call: “Directions of Realism” – Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference…

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Treating cockroach phobia with augmented reality

[From Scientific American]

Virtual Revulsion Therapy: Pixelated Pests Help Treat Cockroach Phobia

Psychologists have started testing augmented reality as an enhanced form of virtual reality therapy for specific phobias

By Ferris Jabr October 9, 2010

For people with katsaridaphobia, or the fear of cockroaches, the common pests are more than nuisances—they are the stuff of nightmares. When some phobics spot one of the skittering beasts they start sobbing uncontrollably, whereas others who have seen them in their homes seriously consider moving. Psychologists can treat such disruptive fears with exposure therapy, in which a therapist gradually presents the feared stimulus to the patient in increasingly intimate scenarios. Recently, some psychologists have successfully combined exposure therapy and virtual reality to treat fears of flying, heights and spiders, asking patients to interact with simulated environments that guarantee their safety.

Now, a team of psychologists has completed the first clinical trial testing the treatment of cockroach phobia with augmented reality—a younger cousin of virtual reality that layers digital animations over video or photos of a real-world environment. The new study, published in the September issue of Behavior Therapy, is the most recent and most significant step toward bringing augmented reality therapy out of the lab and into common clinical practice. Read more on Treating cockroach phobia with augmented reality…

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Call: SimTecT 2011 – Asia-Pacific Simulation and Training Conference and Exhibition

SimTecT 2011
Asia-Pacific Simulation and Training Conference and Exhibition

Call for Abstracts

SimTecT 2011 will be held from Monday 30 May to Thursday 2 June, 2011 at the Melbourne Convention Centre in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The major theme of SimTecT 2011 is “Achieving Excellence in Training and Decision Support through Simulation”.

Download the SimTecT 2011 Call For Abstracts / Papers Brochure (607 KB PDF).

Topics

We are seeking papers specifically addressing your experience in delivering positive outcomes through simulation in two main areas:

  • Training
  • Decision Support

We want to explore the extent of what is possible, and what enablers and barriers you have encountered in using simulation.

SimTecT 2011 aims to provide delegates with a greater focus on the application of simulation within training and/or decision support contexts. Specifically, we want to hear about: What did you set out to do? How did you do it? What worked? How well did it work? What didn’t work? What are the lessons?

Definition of simulation

Simulation can take the form of play, ‘what-if’ scenarios, role-plays, and/ or representational models of actual devices, processes, events and scenarios. A simulation may be, but is not necessarily, computer-based. Read more on Call: SimTecT 2011 – Asia-Pacific Simulation and Training Conference and Exhibition…

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Richard Grunberg conducts research to find sweet spot for 3-D, high-definition

[From Ryerson University’s The Eyeopener; more information about Professor Grunberg’s work is available here]

This ain’t Avatar

One Ryerson professor is hoping to refine our 3-D viewing experience for the better, reports Jeff Lagerquist

21 September 2010

Not entirely convinced 3-D is worth your time? That’s something one Ryerson professor is hoping to change. Groundbreaking research at the school’s Digital Cinema and Advanced Visualization Lab could make wearing those embarrassing glasses slightly more enjoyable for movie watchers at home and in theatres.

“We’re looking to gauge the responses to 3-D in different forms in order to determine what’s good 3-D and bad 3-D,” said Richard Grunberg, professor with Ryerson’s school of radio and television arts. Read more on Richard Grunberg conducts research to find sweet spot for 3-D, high-definition…

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Call: International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR 2011)

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS:

12th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON REHABILITATION ROBOTICS, ICORR 2011

June 29 – July 01, 2011
Zurich, Switzerland

http://www.icorr2011.com/

Paper and workshop/tutorial submission date: January 14, 2011

ICORR is a biennial international IEEE conference that highlights the latest results from world leading research labs and clinics in the field of rehabilitation robotics. ICORR 2011 will have a special focus on clinical evaluation and promotion of interaction between engineers, clinicians and therapists. The conference will also include patient and caregiver testimonials as well as sessions about standardization of technology, technology transfer, and assessment tools. Read more on Call: International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR 2011)…

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Macy’s ‘magic mirror’ lets shoppers don virtual clothes

[From CNN; a 2:23 minute video is available here]

Macy’s ‘magic mirror’ lets shoppers don virtual clothes

By Doug Gross, CNN
October 14, 2010

(CNN) — Macy’s shoppers can now check their look in a “magic mirror” in a fitting room, thanks to touchscreen computing.

A large mirror, linked up to a touchscreen tablet computer, lets visitors to the iconic department store chain’s flagship New York location scroll through their options, then digitally “try on” clothes in the mirror. Read more on Macy’s ‘magic mirror’ lets shoppers don virtual clothes…

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