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Call: BCS HCI Workshop on “People, Computers, and Psychotherapy”

Call For Papers: BCS HCI Workshop on “People, Computers, and Psychotherapy”

Submission deadline: Friday 29th June, 2012

Submissions are invited for the workshop on, “People, Computers, and Psychotherapy,” which will be run in conjunction with BCS HCI 2012 (http://hci2012.bcs.org/index.html) in Birmingham, UK in September 2012.

There is an urgent and identified need for technology-led interventions for common mental health problems. The successful delivery of such technology has huge potential to impact the health and wellbeing of millions of people in the UK alone. However, the design of technology to facilitate and deliver psychotherapy is a complex multidisciplinary challenge, requiring expertise from fields such as HCI, software design, psychology, and clinical and primary care. There are significant and unique challenges involved in understanding how to bring these disciplines together to create a coherent, engaging and useful programme of therapy. This workshop is intended to bring together a diverse cross-disciplinary community of basic and applied researchers, to share existing knowledge, define new opportunities and set an agenda for future research in this field. We will explore issues that are of importance to interaction design, those important in clinical practice, and will identify the opportunities and challenges inherent in drawing these together. Read more on Call: BCS HCI Workshop on “People, Computers, and Psychotherapy”…

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Instaglasses alter your vision to feel like you’re on Instagram 24/7

[From Digital Trends]

Instaglasses always let you see the world in vintage filters

You practically Instagram everything you see anyway, so why not alter your vision to feel like you’re on Instagram 24/7?

June 21, 2012 By Natt Garun

Let’s admit it: Some of you are total Instagram addicts. You can’t seem to take pictures without the need to add filters and make them look cooler, and photos without the edits just seem bland and… oh, so contemporary. If you’re so in love with vintage photographic filters, why not see the world in them? That’s the idea behind the Instaglasses concept by Markus Gerke.

Maybe taking it one step too far, the Instaglasses concept contains a 5 megapixel camera at the side of the Ray-Ban-esque frame which will apply filters to everything you see in real life. The original viewpoint of the city too bland for you? Apply the Amaro filter to soften your surrounding. That person sitting across from you on a blind date not attractive enough? Hey, maybe a Brannan filter will help. All the buttons on the Instaglasses are located on the sides so you can switch filters in stealth mode as if you’re just fixing your glasses or hair. Read more on Instaglasses alter your vision to feel like you’re on Instagram 24/7…

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Jobs: PhD studentships in Speech Technology and Communication at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

PhD Student Positions in Speech Technology and Communication

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm Sweden

KTH School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC) announces 4 PhD positions in Speech Communication and Technology at the Department of Speech, Music and Hearing.

Read more on Jobs: PhD studentships in Speech Technology and Communication at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden…

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BBC R&D is developing 3D radio

[From The Telegraph; more information is available from the BBC]

[Image: BBC R&D have been developing acoustics that can trick the listener into believing they are really at events such as concerts with sound coming from every direction – even above and below. Photo: Getty.]

BBC is developing 3D radio

Engineers at the BBC are developing new technology to broadcast radio and television programmes with three-dimensional sound.

By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent
10 Jun 2012

Three-dimensional television may only just have arrived, but engineers at the BBC are already working on the next step – 3D radio.

Researchers at the corporation’s technology unit, BBC R&D, have been developing acoustics that can trick the listener into believing they are really at events such as concerts with sound coming from every direction – even above and below.

The technology could bring new vigour to the BBC’s long-established sound effects department, allowing its experts to fool audiences into hearing an object rising or falling.

The engineers claim that the new technology should allow consumers to receive 3D sound from their existing radio and television speakers. Read more on BBC R&D is developing 3D radio…

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Call: VIDA 14.0 Art and Artificial Life International Awards

VIDA Art and Artificial Life International Awards begun in 1999 by Fundación Telefónica, was created with the mission of supporting creative endeavours in this singular field by rewarding the pioneering efforts of artists. We are now pleased to announce the launch of the VIDA 14.0, which for the last 14 years have been rewarding artistic projects developed with technological media that offer innovative insights into the study of artificial life.

At a time when the concept of life finds itself once again in uncharted territory, a wide range of artistic initiatives attempt to illustrate and explore this phenomenon, examining its impact on our collective consciousness and how it affects the cultural, technological and social mindset.

Over the past decade, VIDA has welcomed a variety of interdisciplinary projects that respond to this situation and brought them together in a single forum. Using formal strategies that push the boundaries between existing practices, these projects offer new perspectives that force us to reconsider our pre-existing notions of life and artificial life.

What types of projects receive a VIDA 14.0?

The VIDA Award is granted to artistic creations developed using artificial life technology. Among the projects submitted to VIDA, the artists’ ties to this theme and their choice of media are very diverse. Throughout its history, the competition has welcomed proposals that challenge the boundary between living and non-living, between natural and synthetic, either by juxtaposing both realities or by creating overlapping spaces for reflection. Read more on Call: VIDA 14.0 Art and Artificial Life International Awards…

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Avatars may help children with social anxiety

[From The University of Central Florida]

[Image: A “cool girl” greets a student in the school hallway. Photo courtesy of Virtually Better, Inc.)]

Avatars May Help Children With Social Anxiety

Researchers looking for 8- to 12-year-olds to participate in study

By Chad Binette
June 12, 2012

A principal standing in the hallway says, “You are one of my favorite students!” In class, a smart girl says, “You are the nicest person in our class!”

Many children would smile and eagerly return those compliments, but some with social anxiety may be too terrified to respond.

Researchers at the University of Central Florida’s Anxiety Disorders Clinic and the Atlanta-based company Virtually Better want to give more children with social anxiety the practice they need to become comfortable in social situations. They have developed a new, one-of-a-kind computer simulation program that enables children to interact with avatars playing the roles of classmates, teachers and a principal.

The simulation, designed for children ages 8 to 12, allows clinicians to play the roles of the avatars while the children sit at a computer in a different room and respond to situations they encounter routinely. The children practice greetings, giving and receiving compliments, being assertive and asking and answering questions. Read more on Avatars may help children with social anxiety…

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Call: First conference on ‘Impacts and Risks of Artificial General Intelligence’ (AGI-Impacts)

‘IMPACTS AND RISKS OF ARTIFICIAL GENERAL INTELLIGENCE’

AGI Impacts, 10-11.12.2012, OXFORD

URL: http://www.winterintelligence.org/oxford2012/agi-impacts/cfp/

The first conference on the Impacts and Risks of Artificial General Intelligence will take place at the University of Oxford, St. Anne’s College, on December 10th and 11th, 2012 – immediately following the fifth annual conference on Artificial General Intelligence  AGI-12. AGI-Impacts is organized by the “Future of Humanity Institute” (FHI) at Oxford University through its “Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology”. The two events form the  Winter Intelligence Multi-Conference 2012, hosted by FHI.

The conference will explore questions such as: How can we best predict the impact of future intelligent and superintelligent machines? How can we combine ideas from computer science, mathematics and philosophy to best estimate this impact? What will be the impacts of AGI on the world? Which directions of research should be most explored, and which should be de-emphasized or avoided?   What can we do to best ensure scientific rigour in this non-experimental academic field? What are the best ideas and methods for ensuring both safety and predictability of advanced AI systems? Can we lay the foundations to a field of rigorous study of realistic AGI control methods that lead to implementable security protocols?

The scope is wide, but all papers are expected to be of high quality and with the maximal amount of rigour that is possible for the subject area. Read more on Call: First conference on ‘Impacts and Risks of Artificial General Intelligence’ (AGI-Impacts)…

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Last Minute Robot comforts you as you die: Daniel Chen’s robotic intimacy technology explores big questions

[From CNET’s Crave blog, where the post includes another image and a 1:09 minute video]

[Image: A visitor to Dan Chen’s “Last Moment Hospital” interacts with the Last Moment Robot. Credit: Dan Chen]

Last Moment Robot: ‘End of life detected’

Imagine drawing your final breath in the sole company of a talking machine: “I am here to comfort you. You are not alone, you are with me.”

by Leslie Katz
June 5, 2012

As a woman lies on a mattress on the floor, a small white machine attached to her outstretched right arm offers the following words:

I am the Last Moment Robot. I am here to help you and guide you through your last moment on Earth. I am sorry that your family and friends can’t be with you right now, but don’t be afraid. I am here to comfort you. You are not alone, you are with me. Your family and friends love you very much, they will remember you after you are gone.

Jarred by the notion of someone dying in the company of a machine instead of loved ones (or at least other humans)? That’s partly the point.

On the one hand, the image “reveals the cruelty of life, lack of human support/social connections,” Dan Chen, who created the robot, tells Crave. “On the other hand, the robot becomes something that you can trust/depend on. It could give you the ‘placebo effect’ of comfort.”

Chen, an artist, designer, and engineer who just graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with an MFA in Digital + Media, built the machine as one of a series of functional robots capable of reenacting human social behaviors. But just how much can a machine impart comfort and security? It’s a fascinating, complex question, and one Chen explores in his master’s thesis titled “File > Save As > Intimacy” (PDF), a study of interactions based on what he calls robotic intimacy technology (RIT). Read more on Last Minute Robot comforts you as you die: Daniel Chen’s robotic intimacy technology explores big questions…

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Call: Workshop on Real-time Conversations with Virtual Agents (RCVA)

First Call for Papers:

Workshop on Real-time Conversations with Virtual Agents (RCVA)
Santa Cruz, CA, September 15, 2012
http://wwwhome.ewi.utwente.nl/~koki/rcva/
(in conjunction with IVA 2012)

Organizers:

Jens Edlund – KTH
Iwan de Kok – University of Twente
Ronald Poppe – University of Twente
David Traum – USC Institute for Creative Technologies

Outline:

Engaging in face-to-face conversations with virtual agents requires real-time behavior interpretation, modeling and generation. Advances in sensor technology, dialog management and animation bring within reach the goal of talking with virtual agents. And still, challenges remain in each of these areas, and in their combination into fully responsive, real-time interactive systems.

What are the implications of striving for real-time interaction for the following topics: Read more on Call: Workshop on Real-time Conversations with Virtual Agents (RCVA)…

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Imagineers plan new attractions in Disney’s Digital Immersive Showroom

[From The Orange County Register, where the story includes many additional images]

Imagineers plan Cars Land with virtual reality

By Ian Hamilton / The Orange County Register
Updated: June 16, 2012

Almost 60 miles from Disneyland in Anaheim, I’m standing in the middle of Cars Land, the 12-acre addition to the Disneyland Resort in California Adventure that is the largest expansion to the resort in its history except for California Adventure.

In front of me, blue skies and wispy white clouds float behind the vaguely automobile-inspired mountains of Radiator Springs, the town from Pixar’s “Cars” film. I can’t see them, but off in the distance to the right somewhere, there’s Mickey’s Fun Wheel and to the left the Tower of Terror. They are there, but all I can see from where I’m standing is this view of a quiet old town along Route 66.

This high-tech virtual reality room at Walt Disney’s Imagineering Concept Lab in Glendale allows the magic-makers to immerse themselves completely in the Disney parks, to walk through lands that haven’t been built yet and ride attractions still in development. It’s called the Digital Immersive Showroom, or DISH, and it could represent the future of Disney’s park development as well as entertainment. Read more on Imagineers plan new attractions in Disney’s Digital Immersive Showroom…

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