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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Call: Screens issue of Rivista di Estetica

Rivista di Estetica | http://labont.it/rivista-di-estetica

July 2014: Screens

Advisory editors: Mauro Carbone and Anna Caterina Dalmasso (mail to: annacate.dalmasso@gmail.com‎ and rivista.estetica@gmail.com)

Deadline for submission: April, 30, 2013

Description:

Nowadays screens have become, more or less consciously, our reference optical apparatus. Therefore, understanding our present experience of screens shall help us understand our present experience of seeing.… read more. “Call: Screens issue of Rivista di Estetica”

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Stony Brook University opens largest resolution immersive visualization facility ever built

[From Stony Brook University; a 2:12 minute video is available here]

[Image: Image of Dubai, United Arab Emirates viewed in the Reality Deck]

SBU Demonstrates Largest Resolution Immersive Visualization Facility Ever Built

“Reality Deck” designed to assist scientists, engineers and physicians in tackling modern-age problems requiring vast amounts of data

STONY BROOK, NY, November 15, 2012 – Stony Brook University unveiled its latest engineering feat, a 1.5 billion pixel Reality Deck, at a demonstration held at the University’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) on November 15. The Reality Deck, a 416 screen super-high resolution virtual reality four-walled surround-view theater, is the largest resolution immersive display ever built driven by a graphic supercomputer. Its purpose and primary design principle is to enable scientists, engineers and physicians to tackle modern-age problems that require the visualization of vast amounts of data.… read more. “Stony Brook University opens largest resolution immersive visualization facility ever built”

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Job: Cornell University faculty position in Communication and Technology

Job announcement

Cornell University faculty position in Communication and Technology

Position: Tenure-eligible Assistant Professor

The Department of Communication at Cornell University seeks a colleague to conduct research and to teach in one or more of the following areas: 1) Social Media, 2) Human-Computer Interaction, 3) IT in Organizations, 4) Social Psychology of Communication Technology, and 5) Digital Media. We welcome scholars who study communication technology, especially as it relates to the dynamics of individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and society. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Communication or a closely related field and have (or show promise of developing) a national and international reputation doing theory-based empirical research that will contribute to one or more of the Department’s core strengths in communication and technology; science, health, risk, and environmental communication; media effects; and technology and society. The successful candidate must be able to develop a research program connected to college and university priorities in applied social science, life science, sustainability, and information science, and should have a high potential for attracting external research funding.… read more. “Job: Cornell University faculty position in Communication and Technology”

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Philadelphia’s Comcast Holiday Spectacular returns on world’s largest four mm LED screen

[From Uwishunu; some of us walked over to see the Experience Wall during the recent ISPR 2012 conference]

[Image: The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a unique-to-Philadelphia high-tech holiday show screened on the world’s largest four-mm LED video display, opens for the 2012 season on Thanksgiving Day. (Photo by Joseph Kaczmarek courtesy Comcast Center)]

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, A Festive Film Experience Screened On The World’s Largest Four-Millimeter LED Screen, Returns For The 2012 Holiday Season On Thanksgiving Day

Posted by Allison Stadd
November 15, 2012

Other cities have ice skating rinks, festooned store windows and soaring Christmas trees.

But Philadelphia has something all its own.

Celebrating its fifth year, the Comcast Holiday Spectacular returns to Philadelphia for the 2012 holiday season starting Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22.

Since its debut in 2008, more than a half million people have seen the show.… read more. “Philadelphia’s Comcast Holiday Spectacular returns on world’s largest four mm LED screen”

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Job: KTP Associate – Interaction Designer/Educational Technologist at IET and Sharp

KTP ASSOCIATE – POSTGRADUATE INTERACTION DESIGNER / EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGIST
The Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology (IET) and Sharp Laboratories of Europe Ltd

£21,000-£28,000 Ref: 8432

Fixed term contract for 30 months
Based in Oxford, UK.

Are you looking for a challenging post in an innovative company that aims to become a leader in technology for education? Do you have a relevant postgraduate degree and experience in design of interactive technologies? This exciting 30 month post involves working on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project to design, develop and evaluate a prototype system for interactive classrooms and online learning. Supervised by Dr Phil Edmonds of Sharp Laboratories of Europe, with Prof. Mike Sharples of the Open University, it also involves user trials with schools to evaluate the technology for input to new product development.… read more. “Job: KTP Associate – Interaction Designer/Educational Technologist at IET and Sharp”

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With a wag of its tail, robo-fish draws attention of real thing

[A story about presence with animals from NBC News; the article in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface is available here]

[Image: Comparison of the robotic-fish to a zebrafish individual]

With a wag of its tail, robo-fish draws attention of real thing

Convincing droids may one day help lead fish from danger, scientists say

By Charles Choi
11/14/2012

Robotic fish can make real fish like them simply by waving their artificial tails in a special way, researchers say.

These droids could lead real fish away from perils such as underwater turbines, and help scientists learn more about how real animals behave, investigators added.

Roboticists have long turned to nature for inspiration when designing robots. For instance, a robot that copies roaches’ ability to quickly disappear under ledges could lead to droids with animal-like maneuverability, while another robot can alter its colors to hide or stand out in its environment just like an octopus.… read more. “With a wag of its tail, robo-fish draws attention of real thing”

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Call: 13th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW 2013)

Call for Papers

The 13th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW 2013)
21-25 September 2013, Paphos, Cyprus.

website: http://www.ecscw2013.org/

Submission deadlines:
4 February, 2013: Full papers and notes
8 March, 2013: Workshops and Master Classes
10 May, 2013: Demos/Videos, posters, Doctoral Consortium

General Chair: George Angelos Papadopoulos.

Program Chairs: Olav W. Bertelsen and Antonietta Grasso.

ECSCW 2013 calls for submissions reporting on investigations into cooperation in real world settings and designs of innovative technologies to support collaboration.

ECSCW is interested in cooperative settings in the workplace, in everyday life, and the civic society, and across boundaries between these spheres of life.

The conference is soliciting high quality contributions that advance the state of the art in CSCW:

  • empirical studies of work that contribute to the design space,
  • novel techniques and technologies,
  • enhancement of the conceptual foundations.
read more. “Call: 13th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW 2013)”
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VR test predicts real-world consequences of cognitive impairments

[From The University of Toronto Scarborough]

[Image: A volunteer takes part in a virtual reality test designed to determine if a cognitive impairment will affect a person’s ability to function in the real world. (Credit: Ken Jones/U. Toronto)]

Virtual reality could spot real-world impairments

Sep 25, 2012
Kurt Kleiner

A virtual reality test being developed at UTSC might do a better job than pencil-and-paper tests of predicting whether a cognitive impairment will have real-world consequences.

The test developed by Konstantine Zakzanis, associate professor of psychology, and colleagues, uses a computer-game-like virtual world and asks volunteers to navigate their ways through tasks such as delivering packages or running errands around town.

“If we’re being asked to tell if people could do things like work, houseclean, and take care of their kids, we need to show that our tests predict performance in the real world,” says Zakzanis.… read more. “VR test predicts real-world consequences of cognitive impairments”

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Call: 7th International Symposium on Intelligent Distributed Computing – IDC 2013

7th International Symposium on Intelligent Distributed Computing – IDC 2013
September 4-6, 2013, Prague, Czech Republic
http://www.ksi.mff.cuni.cz/IDC2013/

Call for Papers

The emergent field of Intelligent Distributed Computing focuses on the development of a new generation of intelligent distributed systems. It faces the challenges of adapting and combining research in the fields of Intelligent Computing and Distributed Computing. Intelligent Computing develops methods and technology ranging from classical artificial intelligence, computational intelligence and multi-agent systems to game theory. The field of Distributed Computing develops methods and technology to build systems that are composed of collaborating components. The symposium welcomes submissions of original papers on all aspects of intelligent distributed computing ranging from concepts and theoretical developments to advanced technologies and innovative applications.

Paper acceptance and publication will be judged on the basis of their relevance to the symposium themes, clarity of presentation, originality and accuracy of results and proposed solutions.… read more. “Call: 7th International Symposium on Intelligent Distributed Computing – IDC 2013”

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University of Hull to develop 3D virtual reality wind turbine

[From Bdaily]

[Image: Emma-Jane Alexander, Coordinator at HIVE]

University to develop 3D virtual reality wind turbine

14 Nov 2012
Miranda Dobson

A virtual reality 3D “cave” created by the University of Hull has been commissioned to provide training for wind turbine engineers and green energy industries.

The Higher Education Funding Council has awarded £240,000 to the University to develop the training facility in the Hull Immersive Visual Environment (HIVE), which will be used to simulate the most extreme and hostile conditions that workers in the green power industry face.

Hull’s scheme is part of a multimillion pound investment in the renewables sector, which has been led by the University’s low carbon hub, CASS.

The University has worked on links with the industry to create initiatives like this one, with a view to develop commercial projects and create income by sharing knowledge and expertise.… read more. “University of Hull to develop 3D virtual reality wind turbine”

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