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Call: NetGames 2015 – 14th International Workshop on Network and Systems Support for Games

NetGames 2015 Call for Papers

The 14th International Workshop on Network and Systems Support for Games
December 3-4, 2015, Zagreb, Croatia

http://netgames2015.fer.hr/

In co-operation with ACM SIGCOMM and ACM SIGMM
Technically co-sponsored by IEEE Communications Society

IMPORTANT DATES

Long/Short paper deadline: September 6, 2015, 23:59 CET (EXTENDED DEADLINE)
Demo submission deadline: September 18, 2015
Notification of decisions: October 12, 2015
Registration/ Final Paper Due: October 26, 2015

OVERVIEW

The 14th International Workshop on Network and Systems Support for Games (NetGames 2015) will be held at the University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia on December 3-4, 2015. NetGames brings together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry across the globe to present their latest research on the challenges of today’s networked games, and to further understand the requirements and explore the possibilities of future generations of networked games. NetGames will also have a keynote and panel discussions with participants (or invited talks) from both academia and industry.… read more. “Call: NetGames 2015 – 14th International Workshop on Network and Systems Support for Games”

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“You Vs. Sharapova”: VR to let fans play tennis with Maria Sharapova at 2015 US Open

[It’s one thing to watch the top athletes at work but this new VR application is designed to give fans a sense of what it’s like to play against them; the story is from Forbes and includes the three videos mentioned along with more images. The press release is available from Business Wire. –Matthew]

Maria Sharapova on VR set

[Image: Tennis Professional Maria Sharapova On-Set at the American Express “You Vs. Sharapova” and “Vs. on the River” Virtual Reality Shoot in Los Angeles, CA.]

Amazing Technology Allows Fans To Play Tennis With Maria Sharapova At 2015 US Open

Gabe Zaldivar, Contributor
Aug 18, 2015

The future is here, and it features the ability to return a serve from a virtual version of Maria Sharapova at the 2015 U.S. Open.

An opportunity normally afforded tennis stars at the top of their game comes to myriad fans thanks to budding virtual reality technology, which inches ever closer to something akin to “Star Trek’s” holodeck.… read more. ““You Vs. Sharapova”: VR to let fans play tennis with Maria Sharapova at 2015 US Open”

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Call: New Media and Ethics – Special issue of The Turkish Journal of Business Ethics

[This Call doesn’t specifically mention VR, AR and other presence-evoking technologies on the horizon, but they’d obviously be relevant. -Matthew]

Call for Papers
The Turkish Journal of Business Ethics
Special Issue: New Media and Ethics

Deadline for Article Submission: September 30, 2015

The Turkish Journal of Business Ethics, a biannual journal published by the Turkish Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics Association, will publish a special issue in Autumn 2015, focusing on “New Media and Ethics.”

New media has come to the forefront subsequent to various changes in traditional media, such as news professionalism, institutionalization, and most importantly, the changing form of production and consumption. The limited interaction between media producers and consumers has yielded an interactive content generated by individuals in conjunction with new media. The issues relating to personal data security have been increasing due to new media and digital surveillance.… read more. “Call: New Media and Ethics – Special issue of The Turkish Journal of Business Ethics”

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Airport ‘Climate Portal’ simulator lets you sample weather at destinations

[This weather simulator lets travelers ‘visit’ any city serviced by the airport in real time; the story is from PSFK and includes more pictures and a video; for more information see the August 15 coverage by NBC’s Today, which includes a 4:15 minute video. –Matthew]

Climate Portal weather simulator

Airport Simulates Your Destination’s Climate at Push of Button

Stockholm Arlanda Airport lets you feel foreign weather even before your flight

Leo Lutero
12 june 2015

The Climate Portal is exactly how it sounds; it’s a series of small rooms that bring the climate of faraway places to where you are. Yvonne Boe, Communication Manager of the Stockholm Arland Airport where the device is housed shares, “We wanted to explore the possibilities of not just moving you to your destination but our destinations to you.”

Available for public use until August 31, anyone can step into one of the three chambers and experience what it feels like on a specific place anywhere in the world.… read more. “Airport ‘Climate Portal’ simulator lets you sample weather at destinations”

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Call: Human–Technology Choreographies: Body, Movement, and Space (Special issue of HT)

Call for Papers:

Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments
Special Issue on Human–Technology Choreographies: Body, movement, and space

Guest Editors:
Antti Pirhonen (University of Jyväskylä, FI)
Kai Tuuri (University of Jyväskylä, FI)
Cumhur Erkut (Aalborg University, DK)

Submissions by August 28, 2015

In interaction design and related disciplines, the focus of research tends toward technological objects rather than the movements relating to interacting with the objects. Even when movements are considered, the emphasis is placed on their instrumental value, that is, how movements have direct effect on the functions of technology. However, the emphasis of this special issue rests upon technological objects and how they are used. In other words, the editors of this special issue seek submissions that emphasize intentional human movement in the physical and social “life-world” in which humans encounter technological and virtual artifacts.… read more. “Call: Human–Technology Choreographies: Body, Movement, and Space (Special issue of HT)”

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VR and presence pain relief demo illustrates plot of play “Ugly Lies the Bone”

[The ability of VR and presumably presence to relieve pain is central to the plot of the play Ugly Lies the Bone; the story below from the Roundabout Theater Company blog describes a recent demonstration the cast and others experienced (some of the coverage indicates that audience members will have the opportunity as well). More information about the play is available from Broadway World. The stories don’t mention it but the lead actress in the play is Meryl Streep’s daughter, who also has a key role in the CBS TV series Extant, which deals with other presence-related themes. For more on portrayals of presence, see the (new) web site of the Telepresence in Media Environments project. –Matthew]

Ugly Lies the Bone VR demo

[Image: Actress Mamie Gummer, who plays Jess in “Ugly Lies the Bone”]

Virtual Reality and Ugly Lies the Bone

Posted on: August 12th, 2015 by Jill Rafson

How can you put yourself in the shoes of a person experiencing pain?… read more. “VR and presence pain relief demo illustrates plot of play “Ugly Lies the Bone””

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Call: Ecoplay: Digital Games and Environmental Rhetoric – TRACE journal issue

Call for Papers – Ecoplay: Digital Games and Environmental Rhetoric

The University of Florida’s TRACE journal publishes online peer-reviewed collections in ecology, posthumanism, and media studies. Providing an interdisciplinary forum for scholars, we focus on the ethical and material impact of technology. TRACE Innovation Initiative’s second call for papers, “Ecoplay: Digital Games and Environmental Rhetoric,” focuses on digital games and asks how play contributes to ecological thought.

Building on M. Jimmie Killingsworth and Jacqueline S. Palmer’s Ecospeak: Rhetoric and Environmental Politics in America as well as Sidney I. Dobrin and Sean Morey’s Ecosee: Image, Rhetoric, Nature, this issue proposes “Ecoplay” as a rhetorical framework for investigating the intersection of gameplay and ecocriticism. Both Ecospeak and Ecosee explore how rhetorical forms encourage support and sympathy for environmental movements. Specifically, Ecospeak identifies rhetorical patterns in writing about environmental politics and argues that discourse is a fundamental part of the environmental problem.… read more. “Call: Ecoplay: Digital Games and Environmental Rhetoric – TRACE journal issue”

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Why hospitals are using virtual reality to train staff

[Using VR (and presence) for training and practice opportunities in health care isn’t new, but it seems to be expanding to more people and procedures as the technology improves and becomes more mobile and as costs come down. This is from Fortune. –Matthew]

CPR in VR

Here’s why hospitals are using virtual reality to train staff

By John Gaudiosi
August 17, 2015

Mobile virtual reality devices like Google Cardboard, Gear VR, and VR One are changing the way hospitals and health care providers are training doctors, nurses, and medical personnel.

Augmented and virtual reality company Next Galaxy Corp has partnered with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to develop virtual reality medical instructional software for procedures like cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), nasal gastric tube insertion, Foley catheter insertion, intubation, starting an IV, wound care, and the Heimlich maneuver.

Although still in its early days, VR usage is paying off.… read more. “Why hospitals are using virtual reality to train staff”

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Call: Robot Ethics 2.0 (MIT Press)

Call for Papers: Robot Ethics 2.0 (MIT Press)

Abstract deadline: 10 Sept 2015 (and ongoing)
Paper deadline: 1 Feb 2016

We are putting together an edited book on robot ethics, to be published by MIT Press.

This is a follow-up to our previous volume, Robot Ethics, and will cover more recent developments in the field, including:

  • Autonomous cars
  • Space, underwater, other environments
  • Entertainment and sports
  • Cyborgization and enhancement
  • Personal/gender identity
  • Security, crime, and abuse
  • Environment
  • Risk and uncertainty
  • Programming and design strategies
  • Privacy and other law
  • Sex and psychology
  • Deception and artificial emotions
  • Human-robot interactions
  • Medical, health, and personal care
  • Labor and unemployment
  • Internet of Things
  • Artificial intelligence and robotics
  • Religion
  • Other related topics.

As with our first volume, we already have several prominent roboticists and technology ethicists as prospective contributors, but we’re always happy to hear about new research.… read more. “Call: Robot Ethics 2.0 (MIT Press)”

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Zero Latency: A world-first VR entertainment facility opens in Melbourne

[Time for a field trip! Note the explicit reference in this CNET story (which features many more photos) to the key concept: “Commonly referred to as ‘presence’ by VR pundits…,” as well as the potentially depressing suggestion at the end that adversarial combat will be more popular than cooperative games. –Matthew]

The large space of Zero Latency

Zero Latency: The VR revolution begins in Melbourne, Australia

For Road Trip 2015, CNET gets a hands-on preview of a world-first VR entertainment facility before it opens its doors to the public on August 15.

August 13, 2015
by Bennett Ring

Stepping onto the large freight elevator, my body sways to keep balanced as the rising platform lifts me into the zombie-infested city above. Yet my conscious mind knows I’m actually standing on unmoving concrete and that the sense of motion is all in my head.

I’ve been playing Zero Latency for mere moments and already I’m amazed at how it overwhelms my senses.… read more. “Zero Latency: A world-first VR entertainment facility opens in Melbourne”

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