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Job: Research Assistant Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill and Being There International Research Centre for Telepresence and Telecollaboration

We are seeking a researcher for a position lasting two years at UNC Chapel Hill. The researcher will rotate between UNC Chapel Hill and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, spending six months per year at each institution. The Being There Centre’s research focuses on acquisition and display of 3D environments, large-format and mobile 3D displays, robotic humanoid avatars, and autonomous virtual humans. Position remains open until filled.

Selected Possible Research Topics:

  • Automatic real-time reconstruction of dynamic 3D environments using multiple cameras and depth imaging devices
  • Novel auto-stereoscopic displays, conventional head-tracked stereoscopic displays
  • Hardware-based and vision-based tracking technology for users, robots, and displays
  • Calibration of cameras, depth imagers, displays, trackers, and robots
  • Designing, building and operating robotic avatars that represent remote human users: electronics, mechanics, optics, etc.
  • Acquiring imagery and motion information of moving human users and mapping these onto remotely operating robotic avatars
  • Human factors and ergonomics
  • Controlled studies testing various hypotheses arising within the above research topics
read more. “Job: Research Assistant Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill and Being There International Research Centre for Telepresence and Telecollaboration”
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Telemedicine robot takes the spotlight in “Monday Mornings” surgeon drama on TNT

[From MD+DI’s DeviceTalk blog; more information about Monday Mornings (producer/writer David E. Kelley’s series based on a novel by Sanjay Gupta, MD), is available from TNT]

Scene from "One Fine Day" episode

Telemedicine Robot Takes the Spotlight in “Monday Mornings” Surgeon Drama on TNT

Posted: March 19, 2013
By Arundhati Parmar, Senior Editor, MD+DI

It’s not everyday that a device used in the medical field gets to play a starring role in a TV drama.

And yet that is precisely what InTouch Health’s telemedicine robot – the RP 7i – achieved in a new TNT drama called Monday Mornings. The show’s name is a reference to the weekly post mortem that surgeons do to review errors they made in patient care and how they handled difficult cases.

On Monday night, the episode involved a case of a 20-year medic in Afghanistan who needs help saving a colleague who has suffered a traumatic head injury.… read more. “Telemedicine robot takes the spotlight in “Monday Mornings” surgeon drama on TNT”

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Call: The Posthuman: Differences, Embodiments, Performativity (conference)

Conference Title: The Posthuman: Differences, Embodiments, Performativity

CALL FOR PAPERS

September 11th – 14th 2013, University of Roma 3, Rome, Italy

The University of Roma 3, the University Erlangen-Nürnberg, the University of the Aegean and Dublin City University are pleased to announce:

The 5th Conference of the “Beyond Humanism” Conference Series

The specific focus of the Conference “The Posthuman: Differences, Embodiments, and Performativity” will be the posthuman, both in its genealogies, as well as its theoretical, artistic and materialistic differences and possibilities. In order to guarantee a systematic treatment of the topic, we will particularly focus on the following themes:

  1. The Posthuman
  2. Philosophical Issues concerning the Posthuman
  3. New Media Art, Graphic Arts and Comics, Design, Bioarts, Body Art, Performance and the Posthuman
  4. Ethics, Bioethics, and the Moral Status of the Posthuman
  5. Emerging Technologies, Posthuman Informatics and the Posthuman
  6. Materialism and Posthuman Existence
  7. Posthuman Education

The detailed CFP is available here: http://rome.beyondhumanism.eu/read more. “Call: The Posthuman: Differences, Embodiments, Performativity (conference)”

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Virtual interviewer offers practice and feedback for job candidates

[From Springwise]

Jizen

Virtual interviewer offers practice and feedback for job candidates

Jizen is a tool for job candidates to help them prepare by monitoring physiological signs during a virtual interview, with the aim of training them to control their body language.

18th March 2013 in Life Hacks
Spotted by: Alexia M

We’ve already seen interviews being conducted remotely over video streaming through the Ovia platform, potentially providing a more relaxing experience for candidates. Now Jizen is a tool to help them prepare by monitoring physiological signs during a virtual interview, with the aim of training them to control their body language.… read more. “Virtual interviewer offers practice and feedback for job candidates”

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Call: Poetics and Praxis: Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces 2013

Poetics and Praxis: Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces 2013

3-5 september 2013
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

http://www.praxisandpoetics.org/dppi

We are excited to invite submissions for the 6th International conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces, hosted by Northumbria University at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK 3rd  leading venue for designers, artists, psychologists, systems engineers, social scientists and many more to come together to debate and define future design research and practice. This year’s conference is hosted by Northumbria University (UK) and will be held on the riverbanks of the Tyne in the glorious BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art between the 3-5 of September 2013. DPPI 2013 will also be co-located with the first biannual Research Through Design conference.

THEME

This year’s conference theme is Poetics and Praxis. With this year’s theme we wish to reflect on the great changes that have occurred in design research, human-computer interaction and interaction design since the first DPPI conference in 2003.… read more. “Call: Poetics and Praxis: Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces 2013”

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Japanese robot Actroid gets more social, has no fear of crowds

[From IEEE Spectrum’s Automaton blog]

Actroid-SIT

Japanese Robot Actroid Gets More Social, Has No Fear of Crowds

Posted by: Angelica Lim  /  Mon, March 18, 2013

Actroid-SIT, a lifelike robot from Japanese firm Kokoro, hasn’t received as much attention as her cousin  Geminoid F, which happens to be a copy a real woman. But while Geminoid F is a teleoperated robot, Actroid-SIT can function autonomously, talking and gesturing while interacting with people. In fact, researchers have recently demonstrated how improvements to Actroid’s behavior can make it look smarter and more expressive than your average android.

Actroid now makes eye contact and gestures in the direction of a person trying to speak to her, allowing it to adeptly handles crowds of people. To develop the new behavior, researchers from Nara Institute of Science and Technology studied how individuals and groups interacted with the robot.… read more. “Japanese robot Actroid gets more social, has no fear of crowds”

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Call: Technology: A Mobilising Force for a Radical Design Pedagogy – special issue of Journal of Learning Design

JOURNAL OF LEARNING DESIGN
Special Issue on “Design Education” 2013

The Journal of Learning Design is an open-access multidisciplinary forum concerned with innovative technology and pedagogy in higher education.

Volume 6, Number 3 [2013]
Theme: Technology: A Mobilising Force for a Radical Design Pedagogy

Deadline for submissions: Monday 24 June 2013

Provocation and Call for Papers:

In relation to architectural pedagogy, Beatriz Colimina writes that it “…has become stale. Schools spin old wheels as if something is happening but so little is going on. Students wait for a sense of activist engagement with a rapidly evolving world but graduate before it happens…There is no real innovation” (AR The Architectural Review, 28th September, 2012). While Beatriz is talking specifically about architectural education, could the same be said of design education across the design disciplines? Assuming this is the case, this special edition calls for submissions that regard technology and the increasing demand to integrate technology in design teaching in higher education as a catalyst for radically questioning and challenging existing design curricula, pedagogy and learning and teaching environments.… read more. “Call: Technology: A Mobilising Force for a Radical Design Pedagogy – special issue of Journal of Learning Design”

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Deep Sea turns virtual reality into virtual terror

[From InventorSpot; follow the link at the end for much more information]

Deep Sea creature

[Image: A close approximation of what you’ll imagine.]

Deep Sea Turns Virtual Reality Into Virtual Terror

by Nicholas.Greene
March 18, 2013

Human beings have a primal, unshakable fear of the unknown. It’s something that’s been hard-coded into us by evolution: back when we were all living in the treetops, the dark places of the world held a whole host of predators ready to tear us limb from limb; the deep night was one of the most dangerous times of day. The most skilled, masterful horror artists use this fear to great effect: the human imagination is, after all, an incredibly powerful tool.

In other words, the less you see of something, the more frightening it is.

That’s the whole basis of the virtual reality game “Deep Sea” – though referring to it as a game somewhat cheapens the whole experience.… read more. “Deep Sea turns virtual reality into virtual terror”

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Call: Full-body Technologies, Playful Interaction & Children with Special Needs (ACM IDC 2013 Workshop)

Full-day Workshop at ACM IDC: Full-body Technologies, Playful Interaction & Children with Special Needs

New York City, June 24, 2013

Submission by 25th of March 2013

http://hoc.elet.polimi.it/idc/2013/index.html

The ACM IDC (Interaction Design and Children) conference is a major multidisciplinary international forum to discuss children’s needs in relationship to interactive technology and present the most innovative research in the field of interaction design for children.

Within IDC 2013, the goal of this full-day workshop is to discuss how to design for full-body playful solutions for children with special needs, and to examine how to make design decisions and evaluations grounded in experience and theoretical frameworks.

We will bring together researchers from a wide spectrum of disciplines – psychologists, therapists, educators, medical personnel, experts in special needs, as well as engineers, programmers, computer scientists. interaction designers for children, whose work address children with special needs or full bodied interaction, or are interested in exploring the challenges of this field.… read more. “Call: Full-body Technologies, Playful Interaction & Children with Special Needs (ACM IDC 2013 Workshop)”

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New production for planetariums offers passport ‘To Space and Back’

[From NewsWorks; much more information including images and a video is available via the Fels Planetarium here]

To Space and Back

With new production, Franklin Institute offers passport ‘To Space and Back’

March 18, 2013
By Peter Crimmins, @petercrimmins

For the first time in 12 years, the Franklin Institute has made a new movie for its planetarium.

“To Space and Back” is a 28-minute, high-definition video showing how technologies developed for space exploration  — from GPS devices to motorcycle helmets — are directly influencing how people live on Earth.

The mix of computer animation and live-action photography projects across the entire dome of a planetarium. You will have to look all around the room, even behind you, to absorb it all.

The full-immersion experience takes spectators on a ride up to the regions of space where satellites ring the Earth, then deep inside blood arteries where tiny lasers cut through fatty deposits.… read more. “New production for planetariums offers passport ‘To Space and Back’”

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