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Call: CASA 2012 Workshop on Autonomous Social Robots and Virtual Humans

CALL FOR PAPERS: CASA 2012 WORKSHOP ON AUTONOMOUS SOCIAL ROBOTS AND VIRTUAL HUMANS
PLACE: NEC, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
DATE: May 9, 2012

Web: http://conference.ntu.edu.sg/casa2012/Workshops/AutonomousSR-VH/Pages/AboutWorkshop.aspx

The Institute for Media Innovation (IMI), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Computer Graphics Society (CGS) are pleased to announce Autonomous Social Robots and Virtual Humans workshop, alongside the 25th Annual Conference on Computer Animation and Social Agents (CASA 2012), is to be held on May 9, 2012 at the Nanyang Executive Centre (NEC) on the NTU campus in Singapore.

Autonomous social robots and autonomous virtual humans have a lot in common as they can both be companions for the people from young children to elderly people, and long-term interaction with both types of companion is now possible. The main difference is that the social robots exist physically while autonomous Virtual Humans are software-based visual agents.… read more. “Call: CASA 2012 Workshop on Autonomous Social Robots and Virtual Humans”

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California hospitals bring telehealth into the neonatal ICU

[From FierceHealthIT]

California hospitals bring telehealth into the NICU

March 7, 2012 | By Sara Jackson

The University of California-San Diego Medical Center has teamed up with nearby Tri-City Medical Center to bring telehealth into the hospital’s neo-natal ICU unit, the hospitals recently announced.

The program offers full audio and video conferencing, which Tri-City physicians can use to consult with UCSD’s neonatal specialists on high-risk and emergency cases. The hope is to speed diagnoses and treatment plans for infants in distress, and possibly even reduce the need to transport fragile babies the 40 miles from Tri-City to UCSD, officials said.

“When a complex case arises our partners at Tri-City can request a consult and can contact us using the camera system,” Brett Meyer, UCSD’s medical director for telemedicine, said in a statement. “Our specialists can not only contribute to the care, but with telemedicine they are, in essence, virtually present in the room with the patient to render assistance.”… read more. “California hospitals bring telehealth into the neonatal ICU”

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Job: PhD studentship at The Open University – Investigating success factors in the creation and sustenance of online communities

Full-time PhD Studentship
Department of Computing
Centre for Research in Computing
The Open University

Based in Milton Keynes, UK

Closing date: 09/04/2012

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three-year PhD studentship.

Project: Investigating the success factors in the creation and sustenance of online communities

This project aims to investigate: the factors that contribute towards the creation and sustenance of online (2D and 3D) virtual communities, and the challenges that communities experience to sustain themselves? The outcomes of this project will be of particular interest to organisations in the e-government and e-commerce domains, that are aiming to engage with customers through online communities with the aim of co-designing products and services with their customers that will better meet their customers’ needs.

The project builds on our research in the domains of social software and e-society (e.g. e-commerce, e-health and e-government environments). Please see this website for a list of our publications: http://oro.open.ac.uk/view/person/sm577.htmlread more. “Job: PhD studentship at The Open University – Investigating success factors in the creation and sustenance of online communities”

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US Navy pursues a better attack submarine virtually

[From SIGNAL Online]

Navy Pursues a Better Attack Submarine Virtually

By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive
March 21, 2012

Technical advances in the field of virtual reality, also known as virtual worlds (VWs), are making it possible for the U.S Navy to tap into the collective expertise of its best submariners to design and build the next generation of attack submarines.

At the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, designers are able to create collaborative environments for submarine development using a fully immersive virtual reality application similar to the popular Second Life environment, which enables them to interact with one another both audibly and visually. Numerous participants at remote sites worldwide are linked to one another through the Defense Department’s secure computer network.

Steven Aguiar is virtual worlds program manager at the NUWC Newport Division and oversees much of the current program work involving VWs and the design of command and control (C2) facilities on submarines.… read more. “US Navy pursues a better attack submarine virtually”

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Call: 1st Workshop on Social Web of Intelligent Things and People (SWITP 2012)

CALL FOR PAPERS

1st Workshop on Social Web of Intelligent Things and People – (SWITP 2012)
in conjunction with ECAI 2012, Montpellier, France, August 27-31, 2012

http://www.di.unito.it/~cena/switp/index.html

IMPORTANT DATES

Submission of papers: May, 28 2012
Notification of authors: June, 28 2012
Delivery of camera-ready copy: July, 5 2012
Workshop: August 27 or 28, 2012

GOALS

SWITP aims at exploring a Future Social Web where things play an active role as social agents, building a personal life memory, a sense of personal identity, and ultimately a social intelligence and behavior, based on their interaction with users and with their interrelatedness with other things and people both in the real and in the virtual world.

Obviously the field of Artificial Intelligence has a lot to contribute to this emerging field, while at the same time new challenges and issues have yet to be defined and explored.… read more. “Call: 1st Workshop on Social Web of Intelligent Things and People (SWITP 2012)”

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New Facebook app Dot Friends lets people visit and socialize in bars and nightclubs anywhere

[From Business 2 Community]

Virtual World Real Potential

By Michael Katz, Published March 20, 2012

Walking into a bar or nightclub alone and striking up a conversation with a stranger is daunting for the majority of people. By nature, most people have insecurities which inhibit them from doing such a thing. But now, the latest addition to the world of virtual reality enables people to feel comfortable doing exactly that. Based within an application inside Facebook, Dot Friends allows users to determine exactly how they look, what they wear and even how they move on the dance floor.

The application, which is currently in Beta, lets users choose which places to “enter” anywhere in the world. Bars and nightclubs are represented by drop pins on a world map and on entering users are transported to a graphically enhanced experience of being inside a bar or club.… read more. “New Facebook app Dot Friends lets people visit and socialize in bars and nightclubs anywhere”

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Call: International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI-12)

Call for Participation

International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI-12)
Pisa, Italy – November 13-15, 2012
http://www.ami-12.org

The AmI-12 conference brings together researchers and practitioners from industry and academia working in the field of technologies and applications of Ambient Intelligence. Ambient Intelligence represents a vision of the future where we shall be surrounded by invisible technological means, sensitive and responsive to people and their behaviors, deliver advanced functions, services and experiences. Ambient intelligence combines concepts of ubiquitous technology, intelligent systems and advanced user interfaces putting the humans in the center of technological developments.… read more. “Call: International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI-12)”

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Latin American leaders’ ‘virtual summit’ should set the trend

[From The Miami Herald;  the Cisco press release, which includes links to images, video and other coverage of the event, is available here]

Region’s first ‘virtual summit’ should set the trend

By Andres Oppenheimer
aoppenheimer@MiamiHerald.com
March 7, 2012

The presidents of Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile did a smart thing the other day, which could save Latin America a lot of time, money and insufferable speeches in the future: they held the region’s first virtual summit.

The four leaders, who are preparing to launch a free trade bloc in June that will be known as the Alliance of the Pacific, met March 5 behind closed doors via video-conference. They were each sitting at a semi-circular table at their respective presidential palaces, flanked by their respective foreign and economy ministers, facing television plasmas where they could see their counterparts in a similar setting.… read more. “Latin American leaders’ ‘virtual summit’ should set the trend”

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Job: PhD position at CERV – Cognitive architecture for a bodily coupling between human and virtual creature

Phd Position at LABSTICC/ENIB/CERV

Subject: Cognitive Architecture for a bodily coupling between human and virtual creature.

Supervisor: Pierre De Loor
Co-supervisors: Elisabetta Bevacqua and Cédric Buche

The aim of this PhD Thesis consists in developing a cognitive architecture able to reproduce the dynamics of the coupling between two humans during a bodily interaction. Various phenomena such as synchrony, imitation and subtle behavioral variations that emerge in human interactions are taken into account. The final goal is the real-time animation of a virtual character during the interaction with a user. Different contexts (like sport, theater, education…) will be considered.

The work of this thesis is divided into two main parts. The first part aims to define and implement a well-suited architecture. The second part consists in evaluating the credibility of the autonomous virtual character and the first person experience of users while interacting with it.… read more. “Job: PhD position at CERV – Cognitive architecture for a bodily coupling between human and virtual creature”

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Home-made ‘immersive’ VR solution for playing Skyrim

[From Atomic]

Virtual Reality comes to Skyrim

Killing the chickens at Whiterun never felt so good, but man, you will look like an idiot in this homebrew VR gear!

By Vito Cassisi
March 19, 2012

The idea of virtual reality interaction has intrigued the minds of many generations, yet has struggled to get a foothold in mainstream acceptance. Potential users have core expectations for VR technology including reliability, convincing immersiveness, and the ability to play without throwing up all over company.

An entrepreneur by the name of Chris Zaharia has produced his own “immersive” VR solution for playing Skyrim on PC, and has posted the instructions on his website.… read more. “Home-made ‘immersive’ VR solution for playing Skyrim”

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