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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Call: The Live Art Almanac

Call for recommendations and submissions for The Live Art Almanac – Vol. 2

An international publication of writing on and around Live Art

Deadline: 31 December 2009

The Live Art Almanac Vol. 2 is a publication produced and published by the Live Art Development Agency (London, UK) in partnership with Live Art UK, Performance Space 122 (New York, USA), and Performance Space (Sydney, Australia).

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Using Google’s Phone to Make Virtual Reality Goggles

[From MIT’s Technology Review Editors blog; watch the 2:44 minute video demonstration here]

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Using Google’s Phone to Make Virtual Reality Goggles

Tired of waiting for mass market VR goggles? Here’s an easy way to make your own.

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Job: Postdoc Fellowship Position at York U in Toronto

From: Wolfgang Stuerzlinger

Post Doctoral Fellowship Position at the ISRG, York University

The Interactive Systems Research Group (ISRG) in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at York University in Toronto, Canada invites applications for a postdoctoral position to work on innovative digital media research. York University has identified Digital Media as an area of strategic importance with a vision of further developing its existing, cross-faculty repertoire of digital media research programs. The Digital Media initiative is designed to create new research and economic opportunities around an existing consortium of industrial and academic partners existing in the York region (CONCERT). see: http://www.yorku.ca/ylife/2007/03-March/03-1 /concert-031207.htm

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Media vehicle simulates cocoon

[From Newlaunches.com; the project is on display at the Digital Contents Expo in Tokyo]

Media Vehicle simulates a cocoon

by gary, posted October 26, 2009 – 9:07 AM

This cool Media Vehicle is capable of nesting you safely into its safe confines that make it look like a cocoon. Once you´re sealed inside it, you can monitor everything that´s happening outside with the help of a large spherical screen. This screen displays grabs from a camera that is located outside it. The four wheels provide stability and fluidity of motion.

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America beats Guadalajara in first game shown in 3D

[From Reuters]

America beats Guadalajara in first game shown in 3D

Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:15pm EDT

CO CITY (Reuters) – Excited Mexicans clutching buckets of popcorn and soft drinks in cinemas ducked whenever the ball was kicked toward them as they watched Sunday’s big game between America and Guadalajara in 3D.

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Call: MOG 2010 Workshop on Multimodal Output Generation

MOG 2010
3rd WORKSHOP ON MULTIMODAL OUTPUT GENERATION
July 5-6, 2010 at Trinity College Dublin, co-located with the
INLG 2010 in Ireland
http://www.mog-workshop.org/

WORKSHOP PURPOSE

An important aspect of the new generation of intelligent systems is the possibility to employ more than one output modality when interacting with the user. A quick and successful interaction is expected when, for instance, the system’s output is presented to the user via multimedia/hypermedia in which text and graphics are merged, or by a conversational agent that combines the use of speech and gesture. In such multimodal systems sophisticated specifications are needed to combine the different output modalities in such a way that each bit of information is presented in the most appropriate manner.

The MOG 2010 workshop will be held at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and is a follow-up of the workshops on Multimodal Output Generation organized in 2008 and 2007. The workshop aims to bring work on multimodal output generation from different disciplines together to establish common ground and discuss possible future collaborations.

We invite contributions from research fields such as multimodal language generation and embodied conversational agents as well as contributions in the area of human communication, such as cognitive models of multimodal communication and interaction. In this way we hope to combine an AI/engineering perspective with input from other disciplines such as linguistics and psychology, providing a forum where international researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds can exchange ideas on multimodal output generation and engage in scientific research collaboration. Read more on Call: MOG 2010 Workshop on Multimodal Output Generation…

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Beam me to the Faculty Senate

[From The Chronicle of Higher Education; a 1 minute video is available in the web version of this story]

October 18, 2009

Beam Me to the Faculty Senate

Videoconferencing proves useful on campusesBy Jeffrey R. Young

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BRG Electronic Carillon Church Bells and Chimes.

[I’ve often enjoyed listening to church bells marking the current time and spreading music through a neighborhood but I didn’t realize they probably weren’t ‘real’ chimes – at least according to the company BRG Precision Products; there’s more information at this site); a related item about a ‘simulated’ grand piano follows below. –Matthew Lombard]

BRG Electronic Carillon Church Bells and Chimes.

Did you know that most church bells installed today are digital electronic chime systems? It’s true! Advanced electronic carillon (kare’ uh-lawn) bell systems include digital recordings of real cast bells, chimes and carillons. Even more important, digital electronic bells are more affordable and versatile than cast bells, but still maintain high quality sound.

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Call: International Communication Association – Games

[Note: Other divisions and interest groups may be of interest to the presence community too.]

Call for Papers

International Communication Association
Games Interest Group Track
Singapore, June 22-26, 2010

A reminder that the submission deadline is 3 weeks away.

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