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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Job: Delft University of Technology – Assistant/Associate Professor in Man-Machine Interaction

Job description

The Assistant/Associate Professor will focus on performing research in the Cognitive Engineering subfield of MMI, and supervising PhD students in this field. She or he will be responsible for teaching in the area of Man-Machine Interaction and supervising interns, Bachelor’s and Master’s students. The appointee will be responsible for management tasks, acquisition of research projects, and valorisation. The appointee will support and work closely with Prof. I. Heynderickx on topics in the area of display- and lighting-related applications for consumer well-being. Examples of current areas of research are applications for Internet TV, the creation of social experiences, and atmosphere creation with light. For these research topics the appointee will collaborate with Dr. Ir. W.-P. Brinkman and Dr. Ir. P. Wiggers of the MMI group.

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Online avatar-based speed skating debuts for Vancouver Olympics

[From Free-Press-Release.com; watch a local news segment on this topic from NBC 15 in Madison, Wisconsin here]

Speed Skating “Avatar” Racers Debut at Vancouver Olympics

By Bruce Winkler on February 5, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Call: Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds

Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds (ISSN: 1757191X; print on demand and online) is seeking contributions to its 2(3) issue (winter 2010). Papers from all areas associated with video/computer games and virtual environments are welcome.

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Siri, your personal assistant mobile app

[From MIT’s Technology Review Editors blog; see a 3 minute video of Siri here]

Friday, February 05, 2010

An Intelligent Software Assistant Debuts

By Erica Naone

Last year, we selected the “intelligent software assistant” Siri as one of our top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2009.

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Call: International Workshop on coupled display visual interfaces (PPD10)

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

International Workshop on coupled display visual interfaces (PPD10)
http://www.hitlab.utas.edu.au/wiki/PPD10

25 May 2010, Rome, Italy

held in Conjunction with
AVI 2010, the 10th International Working
Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces
http://www.dis.uniroma1.it/~avi2010/

Important dates:
Paper submission deadline: Mar 19, 2010
Notification of acceptance: Mar 30, 2010
Camera ready version: Apr 10, 2010
Workshop: May 25, 2010

Recent developments have seen the wide spread proliferation of both large shared displays and small display technologies. In parallel we have seen the emergence of new classes of device which support both touch or multi touch interaction. Examples of small touch driven devices include PDAs, iPads, Tablets and iPhones and examples of large interactive surfaces (multi-touch driven displays) include the MERL Diamondtouch and Microsoft Surface. Interactive surfaces offer great potential for face-to-face work and social interaction and provide natural ways to directly manipulate virtual objects whereas small devices afford the individual a personal workspace or “scratch space” to formulate ideas before bringing them to a wider audience.

Advanced visual interfaces can be built around a combination of both private and public display systems. Such computer mediated multi-device interaction between local touch-driven displays and shared public ones presents a number of novel and challenging research problems. This workshop will specifically focus on the research challenges in designing visual interfaces for multiple display ecosystems such as the combination of small touch driven private input displays eg. (a set of iPhones) coupled with large public displays such as information kiosks, digital notice boards, Diamondtouch or Microsoft Surface. Read more on Call: International Workshop on coupled display visual interfaces (PPD10)…

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Live motion capture interactive hologram at Abba exhibition

[From the News section of the ABBAWORLD web site]

25 January 2010

Dreams Come True at ABBAWORLD – Perform Live with ABBA on Stage!

In what promises to be one of the most exciting and spectacular features of the upcoming ABBAWORLD exhibition, the audience will be able to sing and dance together with the Swedish supergroup ABBA on stage. With the high definition holographic video system Eyeliner, ABBA returns to the stage through a holographic illusion of the group for the visitor to interact with. Senior director of production Mats Daleskog of Touring Exhibitions, the company behind ABBAWORLD, says, ‘‘We were very impressed with the Eyeliner system when it was presented to us by Musion Systems, and we immediately knew that this was something we had to incorporate into ABBAWORLD. It’s an amazing, seemingly magical technology, and Musion Systems have really excelled themselves when it comes to this one.’’

Together with content provider Square Zero, Musion Systems has made it possible for the visitor to come closer to ABBA than ever before. Ian O’Connell, Director of Musion, commented, “ABBAWORLD is taking a bold step in showing the world’s first live motion capture interactive hologram in the form of a live karaoke concert. We are delighted to help facilitate this cutting edge holographic presentation which will enable visitors to experience a truly immersive ABBA concert.” Read more on Live motion capture interactive hologram at Abba exhibition…

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Call: CGAMES 2010 International Computer Games Conference

CGAMES 2010 Louisville
The 15th INTERNATIONAL COMPUTER GAMES CONFERENCE

AI, Animation, Interactive Multimedia, Virtual Worlds and Serious Games

28th – 31st July 2010

Galt House Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Organised by the University of Wolverhampton, UK, in association with the University of Louisville and the IEEE TCSIM Computer Society.

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Digital images give home buyers a vivid new perspective

[From the Washington Post]

Housewatch

Digital images give home buyers a vivid new perspective

By Katherine Salant
Saturday, February 6, 2010

Can you know what it feels like to stand in a house without actually standing in it? Can a computer-generated image of an interior that includes every detail, right down to the high-heeled shoes on the floor of a dressing room where the imaginary owner kicked them off, truly convey a sense of place?

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Call: CRIWG Conference on Collaboration and Technology

Collaboration Researchers International Working Group presents

16th CRIWG Conference on Collaboration and Technology
(CRIWG 2010)

When: Sep 20, 2010 – Sep 23, 2010
Where: Maastricht, The Netherlands
Submission Deadline: Mar 26, 2010

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Scholars test emotion-sensitive tutoring software

[From Education Week]

Published Online: December 22, 2009; Updated: January 5, 2010

Scholars Test Emotion-Sensitive Tutoring Software

‘Intelligent’ Systems Respond to Students’ Cues

By Debra Viadero

A high school student is working on a geometry problem with her tutor, “Jane.” The student solves the problem incorrectly and expresses frustration. Empathetic, Jane shows momentary frustration, too.

Then she responds encouragingly, “Let’s read again what the problem is asking.”

This scene would not be out of place in most educational environments were it not for one important detail: Jane is a character on a computer screen. Read more on Scholars test emotion-sensitive tutoring software…

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