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Call: Workshop on Interacting with Smart Objects at IUI 2011

Workshop on Interacting with Smart Objects
at IUI 2011

Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA
February 13th 2011

http://www.smart-objects.org/

Deadline for paper submissions: 12 November, 2010

THEME

There is this undeniable ongoing trend to put computing capabilities into everyday objects and places. Well known examples range from smart kitchen appliances and objects (smart coffee machines, smart knifes and cutting boards) up to smart meeting rooms and even city-wide infrastructures.

These smart objects are fully functional on their own, but added value is obtained through communication and distributed reasoning. While other venues have focused on the many technical challenges of implementing smart objects, far less research has been done on the topic of how the intelligence situated in these smart objects can be applied to improve their interaction with the users. This field of study poses unique challenges and opportunities for designing smart interaction.… read more. “Call: Workshop on Interacting with Smart Objects at IUI 2011”

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‘Training brain’ responds to user’s touch, replicating the qualities of the real thing

[From The Gazette in Montreal; the original story includes a 2:52 minute video]

This is your brain. Any questions?

Simulator for neurosurgeons. ‘Training brain’ responds to user’s touch, replicating the qualities of the real thing

By MONIQUE MUISE, The Gazette September 16, 2010

It looked like a brain, felt like a brain, even pulsated ever so slightly like a brain, but the lifelike organ unveiled to reporters and medical professionals yesterday in Montreal was actually a highly sophisticated imposter.

Made up of detailed MRI images transferred into a computer to create a remarkably real 3-D simulation, the “training brain” is the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital’s newest technological marvel, and officials are hoping it will completely transform how neurosurgeons learn and hone their skills.

“This training system uses a first-of-its-kind virtual reality surgical simulation technology,” said Gary Goodyear, federal minister of state for science and technology, who helped unveil the new equipment at Mc-Gill University.… read more. “‘Training brain’ responds to user’s touch, replicating the qualities of the real thing”

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Call: Modeling Human Communication Dynamics

Modeling Human Communication Dynamics
NIPS Workshop, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Friday, December 10th, 2010

http://projects.ict.usc.edu/hcd2010/

Submission Deadline: October 15th, 2010

Face-to-face communication is a highly interactive process in which the participants mutually exchange and interpret verbal and nonverbal messages. Both the interpersonal dynamics and the dynamic interactions among an individual’s perceptual, cognitive, and motor processes are swift and complex. How people accomplish these feats of coordination is a question of great scientific interest. Models of human communication dynamics also have much potential practical value, for applications including the understanding of communications problems such as autism and the creation of socially intelligent robots able to recognize, predict, and analyze verbal and nonverbal behaviors in real-time interaction with humans.

Modeling human communicative dynamics brings exciting new problems and challenges to the NIPS community.  The first goal of this workshop is to raise awareness in the machine learning community of these problems, including some applications needs, the special properties of these input streams, and the modeling challenges.  … read more. “Call: Modeling Human Communication Dynamics”

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Study: If you can touch it, you’ll pay more for it

[From Connecting with Consumers]

If You Can Touch It, You’ll Pay More For It

By A J Kimmel on Friday, September 10 2010

Okay, here’s a question for you: You’re at a fine restaurant. It’s getting late, and after a terrific appetizer and main plate, you’re feeling kind of filled. There’s maybe a half glass worth of wine left in the bottle and your companion obligingly informs you that it’s your’s for the taking. So now the big decision – to dessert or not to dessert. Oh yeah, I almost forgot the question. Does it matter whether they simply list the name of the dessert on the menu, show a picture of the dessert, or bring the dessert cart around? I mean, if you want dessert, and you trust the restaurant, you’re going to throw caution to the wind, order the dessert, and be on your merry way.… read more. “Study: If you can touch it, you’ll pay more for it”

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Call: Devices that Alter Perception (DAP 2010)

Call for Papers

13 October 2010: Devices that Alter Perception (DAP 2010)

http://devices-alter.me/10/

Sensors, actuators, implants, wearable computers, and neural interfaces can do more than simply observe our bodies: these devices can also alter and manipulate our perceptions. This workshop will promote the design and critique of systems whose explicit purpose is to alter human percepts. Participants will be asked to present abstracts, images, videos and demonstrations that focus on devices that shape perceptual phenomena. The goals of the workshop are to: (1) document an emerging field of device design; (2) facilitate the development of these devices by sharing designs; (3) better understand the process of perception and how it informs the design of devices; and (4) debate the aesthetics, perceptual change, social and ethical issues as well as functional transformation the presented works envision for the future.… read more. “Call: Devices that Alter Perception (DAP 2010)”

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Creating a virtual Tibet to preserve cultural heritage

[From The Oxford Press in Oxford, Ohio; more details are available here]

[Image: A screenshot of the virtual reality mandala created by AIMS students working on projects to help preserve Tibetan culture]

Miami students work on digital archives for Tibet

By Caitlin Kluener
Contributing Writer
September 13, 2010

OXFORD — Students and faculty alike are anxiously awaiting the arrival of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Miami University for his public lecture Oct. 21.

A group of students headed by Glenn Platt and the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies, however, has other plans for him.

They plan on asking His Holiness to ever so kindly don a pair of 3-D glasses and take a tour through their virtual reality model of a sacred mandala, a sort of spiritual road map commonly used by Tibetans in meditative practices.

The virtual mandala is just one part of what Platt, a professor of marketing and the C.… read more. “Creating a virtual Tibet to preserve cultural heritage”

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Call: EKSIG 2011: SkinDeep – Experiential Knowledge and Multi Sensory Communication

23-24 June 2011: EKSIG 2011: SkinDeep – Experiential Knowledge and Multi Sensory Communication

International Conference 2011 of the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION NOW OPEN!

EKSIG 2011 will address the theme of “SkinDeep – Experiential Knowledge and Multi Sensory Communication”. The conference will be convened by the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG), and hosted by the University for the Creative Arts, UK.

Organisers: Kerstin Mey, Kristina Niedderer, Seymour Roworth-Stokes, Linden Reilly
Venue: University for the Creative Arts, UK
Conference home page: http://www.experientialknowledge.org
Contact: info@experientialknowledge.org

CALL FOR PAPERS

We invite submissions for the theme “SkinDeep – Experiential Knowledge and Multi Sensory Communication”. With this theme, we aim to provide a forum for debate about the multi faceted, multi sensory and multi modal possibilities of communicating knowledge in the creative and practice-led disciplines.… read more. “Call: EKSIG 2011: SkinDeep – Experiential Knowledge and Multi Sensory Communication”

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Telenoid: A strange new take on telepresence

[From MIT’s Technology Review Editors blog]

Thursday, August 05, 2010

A Strange New Take on Telepresence

Could a blob-like robot better convey the presence of a remote user?

By Kristina Grifantini

Many telepresence robots–like Anybot and Texai–resemble a teleconferencing system on wheels. Roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro, who has previously created some unnervingly realistic humanoid machines, has a different idea. His newest and arguably most unsettling robot yet is Telenoid, which resembles a barely-formed robotic child, with a soft body, clay-like face and stubs instead of limbs.

Ishiguro explains that Telenoid is meant to represent a human presence, and could be used for remote work, teaching or conversation. Unlike other telepresence bots, he says, Telenoid is able to be hugged and handled while a user is talking to a remote acquaintance.… read more. “Telenoid: A strange new take on telepresence”

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Call: Special issue on Haptic and Audio-Visual Stimuli: Enhancing Experiences and Interaction

International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems (IJAACS)

Call for papers
Special Issue on: “Haptic and Audio-Visual Stimuli: Enhancing Experiences and Interaction”

Guest Editors:
Anton Nijholt, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
Esko Dijk, Philips Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Multimodal stimulation is capable of creating strong effects on users, because the effects of the various stimuli can reinforce each other. This form of stimulation can be used to enhance entertainment experiences, as well as well-being and relaxation experiences. The causes of these strong effects and the exact relation to intensity, spatial distribution and timing of the stimuli are the subject of many investigations. One example application is using haptic and tactile actuator elements to provide the player of a game with a more thrilling experience. Linked to the visual and auditory information of the game, haptic stimuli are provided.… read more. “Call: Special issue on Haptic and Audio-Visual Stimuli: Enhancing Experiences and Interaction”

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Outer space close enough to touch

[From Space Daily]

[Image: DLR’s Space Justin is to be deployed in space as a service robot]

Outer Space Close Enough To Touch

by Staff Writers
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Sep 08, 2010

Telerobots (remotely controlled robots) can be used not only in outer space but also in terrestrial environments that are hazardous for human beings, such as minefields or areas affected by nuclear radiation. Innovations derived from virtual reality telepresence and teleaction are also being employed in technology for medicine and production environments.

The German Aerospace Center leads the world with its research into the field known as ‘multimodal telepresence’. At the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics in Oberpfaffenhofen, an entire team of researchers is dedicated exclusively to this topic.

The DLR scientists reporting to project manager Carsten Preusche at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics have developed a human-system interface which provides a user-friendly and intuitive form of interaction – between the person as the controlling virtual operator and a robot acting as the physical teleoperator.… read more. “Outer space close enough to touch”

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