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Call: Screens issue of Rivista di Estetica

Rivista di Estetica | http://labont.it/rivista-di-estetica

July 2014: Screens

Advisory editors: Mauro Carbone and Anna Caterina Dalmasso (mail to: annacate.dalmasso@gmail.com‎ and rivista.estetica@gmail.com)

Deadline for submission: April, 30, 2013

Description:

Nowadays screens have become, more or less consciously, our reference optical apparatus. Therefore, understanding our present experience of screens shall help us understand our present experience of seeing. Read more on Call: Screens issue of Rivista di Estetica…

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Stony Brook University opens largest resolution immersive visualization facility ever built

[From Stony Brook University; a 2:12 minute video is available here]

[Image: Image of Dubai, United Arab Emirates viewed in the Reality Deck]

SBU Demonstrates Largest Resolution Immersive Visualization Facility Ever Built

“Reality Deck” designed to assist scientists, engineers and physicians in tackling modern-age problems requiring vast amounts of data

STONY BROOK, NY, November 15, 2012 – Stony Brook University unveiled its latest engineering feat, a 1.5 billion pixel Reality Deck, at a demonstration held at the University’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) on November 15. The Reality Deck, a 416 screen super-high resolution virtual reality four-walled surround-view theater, is the largest resolution immersive display ever built driven by a graphic supercomputer. Its purpose and primary design principle is to enable scientists, engineers and physicians to tackle modern-age problems that require the visualization of vast amounts of data.

The Reality Deck, constructed with a $1.4 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and a $600,000 match from Stony Brook University, is the first to break the one billion pixel mark with a resolution five times greater than the second largest in the world. To illustrate the resolution, Project Director, Arie E. Kaufman, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department and Chief Scientist of CEWIT, said that the entire United States population of approximately 300 million people could take a “class photo” from a satellite, and “there would be enough resolution for each person to be depicted in five pixels in color demonstrating the super-high resolution of the facility.” Read more on Stony Brook University opens largest resolution immersive visualization facility ever built…

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Job: Cornell University faculty position in Communication and Technology

Job announcement

Cornell University faculty position in Communication and Technology

Position: Tenure-eligible Assistant Professor

The Department of Communication at Cornell University seeks a colleague to conduct research and to teach in one or more of the following areas: 1) Social Media, 2) Human-Computer Interaction, 3) IT in Organizations, 4) Social Psychology of Communication Technology, and 5) Digital Media. We welcome scholars who study communication technology, especially as it relates to the dynamics of individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and society. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Communication or a closely related field and have (or show promise of developing) a national and international reputation doing theory-based empirical research that will contribute to one or more of the Department’s core strengths in communication and technology; science, health, risk, and environmental communication; media effects; and technology and society. The successful candidate must be able to develop a research program connected to college and university priorities in applied social science, life science, sustainability, and information science, and should have a high potential for attracting external research funding. The position involves 50% research and 50% teaching responsibilities; publishing peer reviewed literature in relevant fields is expected. In addition, successful candidates are expected to secure external research funding. Communication faculty are expected to teach two to three undergraduate and/or graduate courses per academic year, and advise students in the Department’s B.S. and Ph.D. programs. Read more on Job: Cornell University faculty position in Communication and Technology…

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Philadelphia’s Comcast Holiday Spectacular returns on world’s largest four mm LED screen

[From Uwishunu; some of us walked over to see the Experience Wall during the recent ISPR 2012 conference]

[Image: The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a unique-to-Philadelphia high-tech holiday show screened on the world’s largest four-mm LED video display, opens for the 2012 season on Thanksgiving Day. (Photo by Joseph Kaczmarek courtesy Comcast Center)]

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, A Festive Film Experience Screened On The World’s Largest Four-Millimeter LED Screen, Returns For The 2012 Holiday Season On Thanksgiving Day

Posted by Allison Stadd
November 15, 2012

Other cities have ice skating rinks, festooned store windows and soaring Christmas trees.

But Philadelphia has something all its own.

Celebrating its fifth year, the Comcast Holiday Spectacular returns to Philadelphia for the 2012 holiday season starting Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22.

Since its debut in 2008, more than a half million people have seen the show.

This stellar holiday experience that captures the wonderful spirit of the season is a completely unique, and free, 15-minute show screened on the Comcast Center’s Comcast Experience video wall, the world’s largest four-mm LED video display with incredible resolution that’s five times that of an HDTV. Pretty freaking awesome. Read more on Philadelphia’s Comcast Holiday Spectacular returns on world’s largest four mm LED screen…

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Job: KTP Associate – Interaction Designer/Educational Technologist at IET and Sharp

KTP ASSOCIATE – POSTGRADUATE INTERACTION DESIGNER / EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGIST
The Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology (IET) and Sharp Laboratories of Europe Ltd

£21,000-£28,000 Ref: 8432

Fixed term contract for 30 months
Based in Oxford, UK.

Are you looking for a challenging post in an innovative company that aims to become a leader in technology for education? Do you have a relevant postgraduate degree and experience in design of interactive technologies? This exciting 30 month post involves working on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project to design, develop and evaluate a prototype system for interactive classrooms and online learning. Supervised by Dr Phil Edmonds of Sharp Laboratories of Europe, with Prof. Mike Sharples of the Open University, it also involves user trials with schools to evaluate the technology for input to new product development. Read more on Job: KTP Associate – Interaction Designer/Educational Technologist at IET and Sharp…

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With a wag of its tail, robo-fish draws attention of real thing

[A story about presence with animals from NBC News; the article in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface is available here]

[Image: Comparison of the robotic-fish to a zebrafish individual]

With a wag of its tail, robo-fish draws attention of real thing

Convincing droids may one day help lead fish from danger, scientists say

By Charles Choi
11/14/2012

Robotic fish can make real fish like them simply by waving their artificial tails in a special way, researchers say.

These droids could lead real fish away from perils such as underwater turbines, and help scientists learn more about how real animals behave, investigators added.

Roboticists have long turned to nature for inspiration when designing robots. For instance, a robot that copies roaches’ ability to quickly disappear under ledges could lead to droids with animal-like maneuverability, while another robot can alter its colors to hide or stand out in its environment just like an octopus.

Robot fish convincing enough to lead groups of real fish around are being developed by mechanical engineer Maurizio Porfiri at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and his colleagues.

“In the long run, we’d like to use robots to influence the behavior of fish — to steer them away from pollution or oil spills or dangers in general,” Porfiri said. Read more on With a wag of its tail, robo-fish draws attention of real thing…

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Call: 13th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW 2013)

Call for Papers

The 13th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW 2013)
21-25 September 2013, Paphos, Cyprus.

website: http://www.ecscw2013.org/

Submission deadlines:
4 February, 2013: Full papers and notes
8 March, 2013: Workshops and Master Classes
10 May, 2013: Demos/Videos, posters, Doctoral Consortium

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VR test predicts real-world consequences of cognitive impairments

[From The University of Toronto Scarborough]

[Image: A volunteer takes part in a virtual reality test designed to determine if a cognitive impairment will affect a person’s ability to function in the real world. (Credit: Ken Jones/U. Toronto)]

Virtual reality could spot real-world impairments

Sep 25, 2012
Kurt Kleiner

A virtual reality test being developed at UTSC might do a better job than pencil-and-paper tests of predicting whether a cognitive impairment will have real-world consequences.

The test developed by Konstantine Zakzanis, associate professor of psychology, and colleagues, uses a computer-game-like virtual world and asks volunteers to navigate their ways through tasks such as delivering packages or running errands around town.

“If we’re being asked to tell if people could do things like work, houseclean, and take care of their kids, we need to show that our tests predict performance in the real world,” says Zakzanis. Read more on VR test predicts real-world consequences of cognitive impairments…

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Call: 7th International Symposium on Intelligent Distributed Computing – IDC 2013

7th International Symposium on Intelligent Distributed Computing – IDC 2013
September 4-6, 2013, Prague, Czech Republic
http://www.ksi.mff.cuni.cz/IDC2013/

Call for Papers

The emergent field of Intelligent Distributed Computing focuses on the development of a new generation of intelligent distributed systems. It faces the challenges of adapting and combining research in the fields of Intelligent Computing and Distributed Computing. Intelligent Computing develops methods and technology ranging from classical artificial intelligence, computational intelligence and multi-agent systems to game theory. The field of Distributed Computing develops methods and technology to build systems that are composed of collaborating components. The symposium welcomes submissions of original papers on all aspects of intelligent distributed computing ranging from concepts and theoretical developments to advanced technologies and innovative applications.

Paper acceptance and publication will be judged on the basis of their relevance to the symposium themes, clarity of presentation, originality and accuracy of results and proposed solutions. Topics include, but are not limited to: Read more on Call: 7th International Symposium on Intelligent Distributed Computing – IDC 2013…

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University of Hull to develop 3D virtual reality wind turbine

[From Bdaily]

[Image: Emma-Jane Alexander, Coordinator at HIVE]

University to develop 3D virtual reality wind turbine

14 Nov 2012
Miranda Dobson

A virtual reality 3D “cave” created by the University of Hull has been commissioned to provide training for wind turbine engineers and green energy industries.

The Higher Education Funding Council has awarded £240,000 to the University to develop the training facility in the Hull Immersive Visual Environment (HIVE), which will be used to simulate the most extreme and hostile conditions that workers in the green power industry face.

Hull’s scheme is part of a multimillion pound investment in the renewables sector, which has been led by the University’s low carbon hub, CASS.

The University has worked on links with the industry to create initiatives like this one, with a view to develop commercial projects and create income by sharing knowledge and expertise. Read more on University of Hull to develop 3D virtual reality wind turbine…

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