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Monthly Archives: October 2011

NTU’s new Immersive Room opens

[A press release from Nanyang Technological University]

[Image: A robotic avatar with mobile video conferencing capabilities developed by NTU researchers. Photo by Ernest Chua]

Enter the virtual world of avatars, dolphins and fashionistas at NTU

NTU’s centre of new media research showcases discoveries that can be applied to improve everyday life

Published on : 11-Oct-2011

In a room resembling an IMAX theatrette on Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) campus lies a new virtual world with practical applications that the public can immerse in and interact with – and go wow!

Called the Immersive Room, it is the latest star attraction at the Institute for Media Innovation (IMI). It was opened this afternoon by Dr Tan Chin Nam, former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, and Chairman of the Media Development Authority (MDA), and current Chairman of the MDA’s International Advisory Panel.… read more. “NTU’s new Immersive Room opens”

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Call: A Telepresence Timeline

Call for Participation – A Telepresence Timeline

The International Society for Presence Research (ISPR; is creating a timeline of important developments related to telepresence.

Please participate by submitting your suggestions for items to be included in the timeline by using the short form here – the list of developments will be refined at the ISPR 2011 conference in Edinburgh, Scotland October 26-28 and installed on the ISPR web site after that.

We’ve divided telepresence-related developments into the categories of TECHNOLOGY, PUBLICATION, INSTITUTION, CULTURE and IDEA (see the form for details and examples).

Note that in addition to developments that have occurred, predictions for presence-related developments in the near and distant future are also encouraged!

For questions, please e-mail Matthew Lombard at

–Matthew Lombard, Frank Biocca, and Wijnand IJsselsteijn… read more. “Call: A Telepresence Timeline”

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Job: Human and Robot Navigation in Structured Environments project at University of Freiberg

Dear colleagues,

Note that the position is open to behavioral researchers as well as to architectural design or geoscience graduates.

Please feel free to distribute to others who might be interested in this post.

Best regards, Christoph Hoelscher


Postgraduate Position / Junior Researcher
at the Transregional Collaborative Research Center
SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition, Universitaet Freiburg

Project R6-[SpaceGuide] ­ Human and Robot Navigation in Structured Environments

Under the condition of job release / (vorbehaltlich der Mittelfreigabe)

Project Description:

The mission of our research group is to better understand human wayfinding processes and their interaction with the environment. The overall aim is to employ cognitive science to work together with architects on improving the design of buildings with evidence-based design approaches as well as user-centered evaluation methods, ranging from real-world observation studies to Virtual Reality experimentation.

The goal of R6-SpaceGuide is to investigate human and robot navigation in structured environments.… read more. “Job: Human and Robot Navigation in Structured Environments project at University of Freiberg”

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VR tool facilitates diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity

[A press release from University of Navarra Hospital via Basque Research; more information, including a 1:21 minute demonstration video, is available here]

University of Navarra Hospital presents new tool for facilitating diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity


The team of specialists at the Neuropaediatrícs Unit of the University of Navarra Hospital has taken part, with the Nesplora company, in the design of “AULA”, a novel test aimed at providing a more precise and complete diagnosis for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The new tool is based on the development of sophisticated software that introduces the child to a virtual scenario similar to a school classroom. According to the company, “the tool is designed to evaluate the processes of attention and help in diagnosing the disorders caused by the deficit”. The test was tried on a sample of 1,500 children between the ages of 6 and 16.… read more. “VR tool facilitates diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity”

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Call: The Third Augmented Human International Conference (AH 2012)

The Third Augmented Human International Conference (AH 2012)
Megève, France, March 8th – 9th, 2012

The third Augmented Human (AH) International Conference will be held in Megève on March 8th and 9th 2012 after being in Tokyo last year. The AH international conference focuses on scientific contributions towards augmenting humans capabilities through technology for increased well-being and enjoyable human experience. As for AH’10 and AH’11, the proceedings of the conference should be published in the ACM Digital Library as a volume in its International Conference Proceedings Series. As the conference venue is an upper-class ski resort with many art fans, a special Augmented Human and Art (AHA) exhibition session open to the public should be organised on March 10th and 11th if enough demonstration and art material are accepted to the conference. The art researchers may choose to put on sale their art material exhibited during the exhibition session.… read more. “Call: The Third Augmented Human International Conference (AH 2012)”

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4D Cinema: Movies that smell, blow air and shake you are just the start

[From The Sydney Morning Herald]

Cinema with a new dimension

Movies that smell, blow air and shake you are just the start. Here comes the 4th dimension.

Garry Maddox
October 7, 2011

Sydney’s newest tourist attraction is a small cinema that appeals to more than just the usual two senses of sight and hearing. The Sydney Tower Eye has a floor that vibrates as waves crash against rocks on screen, a spray of mist as a skiff crosses the harbour and rushing wind as a father and son fly kites during a short 3D film that shows off the city’s sights.

”It’s a 4D experience, then you experience the views for real on the top of the observation deck,” says Rob Smith from Merlin Entertainments (Australia), whose parent company also runs 4D cinemas at the London Eye and Blackpool Tower in England.… read more. “4D Cinema: Movies that smell, blow air and shake you are just the start”

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Steve Jobs memorialized with virtual candles

[From various news sources since the death of Steve Jobs]

read more. “Steve Jobs memorialized with virtual candles”

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Job: Project officer/manager at Macquarie University for investigation of effective synchronous, remote communication

Project Officer/Manager (Requisition ID: 016JE)
Job: Academic (Level B)
Macquarie University
Faculty / Office: Dept of Education
Fixed term/part time

The School of Education, Macquarie University has an opening for a Project Officer/Manager on an exciting Australian Learning and Teaching Council project investigating how synchronous technologies (desktop video-conferencing, web-conferencing, virtual worlds) can be most effectively utilised to unite remote and face-to-face university students. The successful applicant for this academic position will work with a national team of academics to identify, characterise, and evaluate technology-enhanced ways of bringing together on-campus and geographically dispersed students, as well as help coordinate a community of practitioners from across Australia. While the appointment is initially for approximately two-years at 0.6 of a full-time load, there are opportunities for further research and teaching work for the right applicant.


  • Higher degree research qualifications (or completing higher degree research) in the educational technology area
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to critically analyse educational literature
  • Ability to operate and innovate with educational technologies
  • Proven ability to work according to objectives and deadlines


  • Track-record of successful project management experience
  • Demonstrated educational technology leadership


This individual will be based at Macquarie University with the project leader, and will:

  • maintain an up-to-date literature review
  • undertake data collection as part of a survey of current practice
  • help to develop a contact list of potential collaborators across the sector and establish online communication channels with this group
  • organise meetings
  • visit the institutions of collaborators to set up and then evaluate implementations
  • assist with the development of project reports, and
  • assist with the dissemination workshops
  • other supportive activities in conjunction with the project team that will lead to the successful and timely accomplishment of project goals.
read more. “Job: Project officer/manager at Macquarie University for investigation of effective synchronous, remote communication”
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Brain-machine-brain interface lets brain power alone move – and feel – virtual objects

[From Duke Today, where the story includes a 1:26 minute video; additional information is available in LiveScience]

Brain Power Moves Virtual Objects

Researchers closer to technology allowing quadriplegics to move arms and legs

October 5, 2011 | Mary Jane Gore

Durham, NC – In a first-ever demonstration of a two-way interaction between a primate brain and a virtual body, two monkeys trained at the Duke University Center for Neuroengineering learned to employ brain activity alone to move an avatar hand and identify the texture of virtual objects.

“Someday in the near future, quadriplegic patients will take advantage of this technology not only to move their arms and hands and to walk again, but also to sense the texture of objects placed in their hands, or experience the nuances of the terrain on which they stroll with the help of a wearable robotic exoskeleton,” said study leader Miguel Nicolelis, MD, PhD, professor of neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center and co-director of the Duke Center for Neuroengineering.… read more. “Brain-machine-brain interface lets brain power alone move – and feel – virtual objects”

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Job: PhD candidates at University of Luxembourg – Gaming and HCI in cars

PhD Candidates – Gaming and HCI in cars (2 PhD positions) (M/F)

Application Deadline: Sunday October 09 2011

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) is a recently formed centre carrying out interdisciplinary research in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) systems and services, often in collaboration with industrial, governmental or international partners.

SnT is active in several international research projects funded by the EU 7th framework programme and the European Space Agency. The successful candidate will conduct research in one or more of the centre projects and assist in the development of the SnT project portfolio. The Centre invites researchers from diverse research areas to contribute to our projects in areas such as Network Security, Information Assurance, Model-driven Security, Cloud Computing, Cryptography, Satellite Systems, Vehicular Networks and ICT Services & Applications.

The PhD project leading to a degree in Computer Science or in Psychology from the University of Luxembourg will be conducted in partnership with EPT (, the Luxembourg state post and telecom provider.… read more. “Job: PhD candidates at University of Luxembourg – Gaming and HCI in cars”

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