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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Call: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA) London 2012

Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA) London 2012
Tuesday 10th July – Thursday 12th July 2012
Venue: British Computer Society, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7HA


Deadline: 22nd January 2012

ideas and concepts in culture, heritage the arts and sciences: digital arts, sound, music, film and animation, 2D and 3D imaging, European projects, archaeology, architecture, social media for museums, heritage and fine art photography, medical visualisation and more

OFFERS OF PAPERS, DEMONSTRATIONS AND WORKSHOPS by 22nd January 2012… read more. “Call: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA) London 2012”

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Halloween costume illusion cuts a hole in your torso

[From Technabob; a 0:50 minute video is available here along with additional details]

Last-Minute Costume Idea: Cut a Hole in Your Torso with Two iPad 2s

October 30th, 2011 by: Technabob

If you still don’t have a Halloween costume, you’re probably left to the dregs of the random ill-fitting Scooby Doo and Teletubbies costumes at your local Wal-Mart. But if you and a buddy can spare your iPad 2s for the night, you could end up being the life of the party.

By taking a pair of iPad 2s and strapping them to his chest and back using duct tape, Technabob reader Mark Rober managed to make it look like he had a huge gaping hole in his torso. The trick is actually pretty simple to pull off. Just connect the two devices via Wi-Fi (or a pocket hotspot), and turn on a FaceTime chat between the two.… read more. “Halloween costume illusion cuts a hole in your torso”

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Posts return next week after ISPR 2011

Following tradition, ISPR Presence News posts will take a break while many of us gather this week for the ISPR 2011 conference in Edinburgh, Scotland (details on the web site).

If you can’t join us this year, please consider attending ISPR 2012 at this time next fall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Details and the call for papers will be coming soon!

–Matthew Lombard (President, ISPR)… read more. “Posts return next week after ISPR 2011”

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Call: UMAP 2012 – User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization


Montreal, Canada, 16-20 July, 2012


UMAP is the premier international conference for researchers and practitioners working on systems that adapt to their individual users, or to groups of users, and collect and represent information about users for this purpose. UMAP is the successor to the biannual User Modeling and Adaptive Hypermedia conferences that were merged in 2009. It is organized under the auspices of User Modeling Inc.

The conference will take place at the UQAM university campus, situated in the very heart of the arts and entertainment district of Montreal. The city offers a wide array of attractions and a unique blend of North American and European culture.


The conference spans a wide range of topics related to user modeling and personalization, including but not restricted to the following:

  • Purposes of UMAP: personalizing information, recommending products, tailoring search results, enhancing learning outcomes, adapting interfaces, personalizing support, assuming routine tasks
  • User characteristics for UMAP: knowledge and skills, interests and preferences, special needs, affective states, personality, goals and plans, contexts of use, roles, cultural characteristics
  • Computational methods for UMAP: data collection, user model extraction and representation, algorithms for personalization and adaptation, architectures for UMAP
  • Usability issues for UMAP: ensuring adequate control, understanding, and predictability, preserving privacy and security, avoiding excessive narrowing of experience
  • Methods for design and evaluation of UMAP: requirements gathering, formative evaluation, user testing, validation, performance tests
  • Application domains for UMAP: e-commerce, e-learning, cultural heritage, healthcare, assistive technologies, digital libraries, office work, recommender systems, targeted advertisement, digital TV
  • Environments for UMAP: web-based systems (including the semantic/social Web), desktop systems, groupware systems, mobile and wearable systems, smart environments, smart objects, virtual environments 
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Microsoft shows off 3D concept ‘HoloDesk’

[From The Huffington Post]

Microsoft Shows Off 3D Concept ‘HoloDesk’ (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post 
Jason O. Gilbert
Updated: 10/20/11

Hang on to your perceptions of reality: Microsoft just released a video of a 3D ‘HoloDesk,’ a radical system that allows users to seemingly manipulate 3D objects like balls and cubes with their hands.

Check out the [4:15 minute] video to see what this means.

Per the video description from the MicrosoftResearch YouTube channel:

HoloDesk is a novel interactive system combining an optical see through display and Kinect camera to create the illusion that users are directly interacting with 3D graphics. A virtual image of a 3D scene is rendered through a half silvered mirror and spatially aligned with the real-world for the viewer. Users easily reach into an interaction volume displaying the virtual image. This allows the user to literally get their hands into the virtual display.… read more. “Microsoft shows off 3D concept ‘HoloDesk’”

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Call: Predicting Perceptions: The 3rd International Conference on Appearance

PREDICTING PERCEPTIONS: The 3rd International Conference on Appearance
Edinburgh, 17-19 April 2012

Following on from two highly successful cross-disciplinary conferences in Ghent and Paris we are very happy to invite submissions for the above event.


  • 05 December 2011: Submission deadline
  • 19 December 2011: Review allocation to reviewers
  • 09 January 2012: Review upload deadline
  • 14 January 2012: Authors informed
  • 17-19 April 2012: Conference



  • Larry Maloney, Dept. Psychology, New York University, USA.
  • Françoise Viénot, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris.


  • Mike Chantler, Julie Harris, Mike Pointer


Originally focused on the perception of texture and translucency and particularly gloss, and colour we wish to extend the conference to include other senses not just sight (e.g. how does sound affect our perception of the qualities of a fabric) and to emotive as well as objective qualities (e.g.… read more. “Call: Predicting Perceptions: The 3rd International Conference on Appearance”

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Virtual worlds help autistic kids develop social skills

[From Zee News; the Echoes web site is here]

Virtual worlds help autistic kids develop social skills

Last Updated: Saturday, October 22, 2011

Washington: A new study has suggested that the benefits of virtual worlds can be used to help autistic children develop social skills beyond their anticipated levels.

Researchers on the Echoes Project have developed an interactive environment which uses multi-touch screen technology where virtual characters on the screener act to children’s actions in real time.

During sessions in the virtual environment, primary school children experiment with different social scenarios, allowing the researchers to compare their reactions with those they display in real-world situations.… read more. “Virtual worlds help autistic kids develop social skills”

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Call: i-Docs (interactive documentary) 2012

i-Docs 2012 : Call for Participation

Following the success of i-Docs 2011, we are delighted to invite your participation in i-Docs 2012, a two-day event dedicated to the rapidly evolving field of interactive documentary.

i-Docs is convened by Judith Aston and Sandra Gaudenzi on behalf of the Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England, Bristol ( The event will be held at the Watershed Media Centre in central Bristol on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23th of March 2012.… read more. “Call: i-Docs (interactive documentary) 2012”

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Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) nearing reality

[A press release from The International Telecommunication Union]

Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) nearing reality

ITU experts create enhanced television viewing experience

Geneva, 14 October 2011 – Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) took an important step towards becoming reality when experts reached agreement on most of the pertinent technical characteristics of this exciting new standard for television. UHDTV marks a leap forward beyond the current standards for High Definition Television (HDTV).

The experts, which include scientists and engineers from around the world, have been working together for several years in the ITU Study Group on Broadcasting Service (ITU-R Study Group 6) to jointly develop and agree on the technical specifications that will successfully create ‘UHDTV’.… read more. “Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) nearing reality”

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Call: IEEE Pervasive Computing and Communication 2012 – Demos


The IEEE Pervasive Computing and Communication (PerCom) conference, entering its tenth year, is a premier scholarly venue in the areas of pervasive computing and communications. The PerCom Demo Session offers high-quality demonstrations of all things pervasive from academia and industry. Demos demonstrating working  systems, innovative applications, groundbreaking ideas, and novel concepts related to PerCom are welcome. Demos from industrial researchers as well as demos from academia with a significant relevance to industry are particularly encouraged.

A “Best Demo Award” will be  presented based on research value, originality, and presentation.… read more. “Call: IEEE Pervasive Computing and Communication 2012 – Demos”

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