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Job: Carol Kennedy PhD in Multi-Touch Technologies for Museums, Libraries and Archives

The University of Birmingham
College of Arts and Law
and
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Invite applications for

The Carol Kennedy PhD in Multi-Touch Technologies for Museums, Libraries and Archives

The Carol Kennedy PhD is a fully funded studentship, covering fees and standard living costs, and will explore the use of multi-touch technologies in museums, libraries and archives (MLAs). The student will re-present existing digital content held by these institutions, creating novel and exploratory ‘demonstrator’ projects that build on existing datasets/databases of text, 2D and 3D data. The candidate will use the world class facilities at the University of Birmingham to build their outputs and test them with diverse user groups. The thesis will contextualise this work in relation to current theory and practice of multi-touch technology use within MLAs, look at the design process for multitouch displays and how best to utilise and evaluate the technology to effectively meet user needs.… read more. “Job: Carol Kennedy PhD in Multi-Touch Technologies for Museums, Libraries and Archives”

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Apple’s new patent for multiplayer GPS enabled interactive iPhone games

[From iPhone World]

Apple’s new patent for multiplayer GPS enabled interactive iPhone games

November 5, 2010 by iPhoneWorld

A newly unveiled Apple patent (USPTO #20100279768) reveals Apple’s plans for multiplayer, location-aware interactive iPhone games.

In a nutshell the patent describes how iPhones could be used for real-world cooperative gameplay, using the iPhone’s sensors, camera, GPS module and WiFi/wireless internet connection.… read more. “Apple’s new patent for multiplayer GPS enabled interactive iPhone games”

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Call: Seminar in Visual Culture 2011: Alternative Worlds – A retrospective of the last 111 years

Alternative Worlds: A retrospective of the last 111 years

Call for Papers/ Art Presentations

Seminar in Visual Culture 2011

Deadline for proposals: 13 Dec. 2010

Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, Room ST 274
(School of Advanced Study, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, WC1B 5DN London)

This series of seminars acts as a forum for practicing artists, researchers, curators, students, and others interested in visual culture who are invited to present, discuss and explore a given theme within the broad field of Visual Culture.

In an attempt to escape the doom and gloom of the economic crisis the theme for 2011 is ‘Alternative Worlds’. The aim is to examine the dreams, plans and hopes, but also the nightmares and fears reflected in utopian thinking since 1900 in the Western hemisphere. What has become of all those possible worlds? How do they reflect their contemporary culture and society and what, if anything, do or can they mean for our present, or indeed, our future?… read more. “Call: Seminar in Visual Culture 2011: Alternative Worlds – A retrospective of the last 111 years”

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Mars500 astronauts in Russia living as if they’re actually colonising Mars

[From The Express]

VOYAGE TO MARS? WE’RE ALREADY THERE!

As a one-way trip to the Red Planet is mooted, we reveal how, deep in the most inhospitable places on Earth, astronauts are already living as if they were actually colonising Mars.

Saturday October 30,2010
By Jane Warren

The idea of making a new life on Mars is strangely hypnotic.

It may be famously inhospitable – there’s hardly any oxygen and if you step out unsuited your lungs will explode due to the thin atmosphere – but these drawbacks don’t seem to stop the allure of the Red Planet in the popular imagination.

And now comes news from no less an authority than Nasa that man may be living there by 2030. There’s only one problem.

If you are among the first to make the journey you’d never be able to return to Earth.… read more. “Mars500 astronauts in Russia living as if they’re actually colonising Mars”

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Jobs: Two tenure-track positions in Georgia Tech School of Literature Communication and Culture

There are two open tenure-track jobs in the Georgia Tech School of Literature Communication and Culture in Atlanta, Georgia. One position is in Digital Media and the other is in Cultural Studies of Science and Technology. Details are below. … read more. “Jobs: Two tenure-track positions in Georgia Tech School of Literature Communication and Culture”

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Holographic telecommuting may soon be possible

[From Wired, which features a 1:40 minute video]

Holographic Telecommuting May Soon Be Possible

By Lisa Grossman
November 3, 2010

A new holographic display can transmit three-dimensional movies from one location to another almost in real time. If Princess Leia had to send her “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope” message from Earth today, it would now be technologically possible.

“We can take objects from one location and show them in another location in 3-D in near real time,” said optical scientist Nasser Peyghambarian, and project leader from the University of Arizona in a press conference Nov. 1. “It is no longer something that is science fiction, it is actually something that you can do today.”… read more. “Holographic telecommuting may soon be possible”

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Call: Immersive Education Initiative 2011 iED Summit

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:
Immersive Education Initiative 2011 iED Summit

World’s leading immersive learning experts and practitioners convene May 13-15 in Boston

http://mediagrid.org/news/2010-10_2011_Boston_Summit_CALL.html

BOSTON, MA – October 12, 2010 – The Immersive Education Initiative today issued an open call for iED Summit 2011 papers, posters, workshops, panels, general presentations, demos, and outliers (novel late-breaking research and technology). Boston College will host the three-day iED Summit (http://MediaGrid.org/summit) from May 13-15 through special arrangement with the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College.… read more. “Call: Immersive Education Initiative 2011 iED Summit”

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Game characters to get authentically rumpled clothes

[From New Scientist, where a 0:33 minute video is available; the Stoll et al article is available here]

Game characters to get authentically rumpled clothes

17:30 24 October 2010 by Shanta Barley

Computer game developers use sophisticated algorithms to inject real physics into virtual worlds – painstakingly mimicking the way that light reflects off objects, for instance. But there’s something unrealistic about the citizens of those virtual worlds: their clothes barely register a crease or crumple, no matter how much running and jumping they perform. That could soon change, thanks to software which ensures that a game character’s clothes ripple and ruffle realistically as the action unfolds.… read more. “Game characters to get authentically rumpled clothes”

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Call: Forum for AI Research Students 2010 (FAIRS’10)

FAIRS’10 – Forum for AI Research Students 2010

Call for Participation  

A full day of workshops and presentations FREE TO STUDENTS
December 13th 2010, Cambridge, UK
Deadline for applications: November 29th 2010

http://www.ai-research.org.uk/FAIRS2010/
http://www.bcs-sgai.org/ai2010

AI-2010 is the latest in the leading series of UK-based international conferences on Artificial Intelligence run by the BCS Specialist Group on AI. In 2007 we launched the Forum for AI Research Students to support student members of the AI community, and repeated the event in 2008 and 2009. SGAI is again offering this event at AI-2010. This event offers a full day of workshops and presentations and is FREE TO STUDENTS.… read more. “Call: Forum for AI Research Students 2010 (FAIRS’10)”

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“Holodeck” episode of Sci Fi Science premieres

[A press release from Mechdyne via HPCwire (High Productivity Computing); a description of the episode from the Sci Fi Science web site follows below]

 

November 01, 2010

Mechdyne CAVE To Be Featured on Discovery Science Channel

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa, Nov. 1 — The CAVE Automatic Virtual Environment integrated by Mechdyne Corporation in March 2009, at Rowan University in Camden, NJ, will be featured in and episode of Sci Fi Science–Physics of the Impossible airing on the Discovery Science Channel beginning November 3, 2010, at 9 p.m. (CDT.)

Dr. Michio Kaku serves as host of the program and was on site in New Jersey for filming of the program which is tentatively called “Holodeck.”

“The CAVE provides an immersive, interactive and navigable 3D simulation of any environment you desire,” explains Dr. Shreekanth Mandayam, professor and chair of Rowan’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department.… read more. ““Holodeck” episode of Sci Fi Science premieres”

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