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Call: ICTS4eHealth 2019 – IEEE International Workshop on ICT Solutions for e-Health

Call for Papers

ICTS4eHealth 2019 – 4th edition of the IEEE International Workshop on ICT Solutions for e-Health
in conjunction with the Twenty-Fourth IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC)
Hotel Catalonia Barcelona Plaza, Barcelona, Spain
June 29 -July 3, 2019
www.icts4ehealth.icar.cnr.it

Submission deadline: April 12, 2019

MISSION:

e-Health is one of the major research topics that have been attracting cross-disciplinary research groups. The deployment of new emerging ICT technologies for Health, especially based on Cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and Computational Intelligence, is attracting the interest of many researchers.

The use of Cloud computing, IoT technologies, and methods typical of Soft Computing and Computational Intelligence have been very prominent recently and can be of great help in finding good solutions to many practical healthcare applications.

For instance, health monitoring, health data storage, health data collection, mobile health, pervasive health, healthcare monitoring, telemedicine, context-aware computing, ubiquitous computing, processing health data in the cloud, securing health data in the cloud and Assistive Technology (AT) are areas of interest that are being addressed using cloud computing and IoT techniques.… read more. “Call: ICTS4eHealth 2019 – IEEE International Workshop on ICT Solutions for e-Health”

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Virtual reality helps radiologists “travel inside a patient’s body” to speed procedures

[The lead author of the study reported in this story from Healthcare IT News says a new use of VR for radiologists “will allow physicians to travel inside a patient’s body instead of relying solely on 2D, black and white images”; for more information on the research, see the press release via EurekAlert! –Matthew]

Virtual reality helps radiologists speed procedures

A new study found that clinicians using VR tech could reach targeted vessels faster than today’s standard approach.

By Nathan Eddy
March 26, 2019

Interactive virtual reality (VR) could help improve the efficiency of interventional radiology treatments, as well as increasing portability and patient access, according to a new study.

Why It Matters

Conducted by the University of Washington Medical Center, the study was designed to demonstrate the feasibility of steering a catheter with electromagnetic sensors projected onto a VR headset through the anatomy to certain blood vessels.… read more. “Virtual reality helps radiologists “travel inside a patient’s body” to speed procedures”

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Call: International conference on Designing for Children with focus on Play and Learn

Call for Papers, Posters, Project Demos

International conference on Designing for Children with focus on Play and Learn
Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th of December 2019
IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India
http://www.designingforchildren.net

First submission deadlines: May 1, 2019

Aim: This international event is aimed at exchange of viewpoints, deliberations and discussions concerning design and research issues related to children. The event is expected to throw light on the role of Designing for children as related to design of objects, media and environment with focus on play + learn.

Participants: The events are centered around the interests of students, educationists, practicing designers and children related interest groups. The event has been designed to be lively, interactive and thought provoking and will provide great opportunity to interact with thought leaders, listen to visions by researchers and for networking.

THEMES FOR THE CONFERENCE ON DESIGNING FOR CHILDREN WITH FOCUS ON PLAY + LEARN:

We invite interesting experimentation, different perspectives, innovative design applications, in-depth case studies, research outcomes and position papers centered on the theme of the conference.… read more. “Call: International conference on Designing for Children with focus on Play and Learn”

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Data visualization via VR and AR: How we’ll interact with tomorrow’s data

[This story from ZDNet describes the potential of presence-evoking technologies to enhance the value and impact of data visualization. Visit the original version for 5 more images and a 9:13 minute video. –Matthew]

Data visualization via VR and AR: How we’ll interact with tomorrow’s data

Augmented reality and virtual reality could fundamentally change the way we interact with and interpret data.

By Greg Nichols
March 26, 2019

Imagine tapping into a raw data feed from a distributed network of IoT devices in a logistics center. The center is full of robots, employee work stations, and shipping and receiving docks. The data coming back contains important information about machine performance and operational efficiencies. Reading the data correctly will reveal important opportunities to increase productivity.

How do you begin to make sense of it?

Before IoT and analytics tools, data fit nicely on a spreadsheet and could, with a little imagination, be exported visually in a chart or graph.… read more. “Data visualization via VR and AR: How we’ll interact with tomorrow’s data”

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Call: GOODTECHS 2019 – 5th EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good

Call for Papers

GOODTECHS 2019
5th EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good
September 25-27, 2019
Valencia, Spain
http://goodtechs.eu

Submissions due: April 10, 2019 [extended]

SCOPE

By social good we refer to a “good” or a service that benefits the largest number of people in the largest possible way. Some classic examples of social goods are, of course, healthcare, safety, environment, democracy, and human rights, but we can add to this classic list even communication, art, entertainment and much more.

In this context, the popularity of portable computing devices, like smartphones, tablets, or smart watches combined with the emergence of many other small smart objects with computational, sensing and communication capabilities coupled with the popularity of social networks and new human-technology interaction paradigms is creating unprecedented opportunities for each of us to do something useful, ranging from a single person to the whole world.… read more. “Call: GOODTECHS 2019 – 5th EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good”

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Empatico links classrooms of young children across nation and world

[In an era when intolerance and closed-mindedness is on the rise, this is a positive story about how even relatively simple and low-bandwidth technology can evoke presence and (hopefully) foster “curiosity, critical thinking, and, yes, empathy at an age when kids are starting to form impressions of people unlike themselves.” The story is from the Philadelphia Inquirer, where it includes two more images. For much more information including a video and blog, see the Empatico website. –Matthew]

[Image: Second-grade students at Bells Elementary School in Blackwood, N.J., are talking to the Ibime School students in Mexico City, using Empatico. Credit: Akira Suwa]

‘How do you celebrate Day of the Dead’ and other questions N.J. classroom asks kids around the world

By Anndee Hochman
March 26, 2019

The kids in Kristin Seymour’s second-grade class in Washington Township were brimming with questions for their new friends in Madison, Wis.… read more. “Empatico links classrooms of young children across nation and world”

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Call: International Workshop: Husserl’s Phenomenology of Phantasy and Emotions

Call for Abstracts

International Workshop: Husserl’s Phenomenology of Phantasy and Emotions
University of Cologne, Germany
July 18-19, 2019

Submission deadline: May 6, 2019

This workshop is a small conference organized by the Husserl-Archive in Cologne and the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne. Its goal is to bring together graduate students as well as experienced researchers interested in the relation of phantasy and emotions in the Husserlian work. Two keynote speakers from the Husserl Archive Cologne and four keynote speakers from abroad will lead the discussion.

CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS:

Jagna Brudzinska (Cologne)
Saulius Geniusas (Hong Kong)
Dieter Lohmar (Cologne)
Ricardo Mendoza-Canales (Lisbon)
Regina-Nino Mion (Tallinn)
Claudio Rozzoni (Lisbon)
Michela Summa (Würzburg)

Graduate students and Postdocs are welcome to apply for a talk slot in the workshop. Please submit per email an abstract (maximum 400 words) for a 20 minutes talk addressing the topic of the workshop (see below).… read more. “Call: International Workshop: Husserl’s Phenomenology of Phantasy and Emotions”

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Provocative presence: Physics is pointing inexorably to mind

[The most sweeping and provocative ideas related to presence involve the possibility that everything we experience is not as it seems but some sort of perceptual illusion, as in the “simulation argument.” In this provocative essay in Scientific American, Bernardo Kastrup describes and argues against “information realism” (“Only the mathematical apparatus used to describe the behavior of matter is supposedly real, not matter itself”) and instead argues that reality is a product of perception: “the universe is a mental construct displayed on the screen of perception. … The mental universe… is a transpersonal field of mentation that presents itself to us as physicality—with its concreteness, solidity and definiteness—once our personal mental processes interact with it through observation.” For more information on these ideas see the author’s website; for more on the connections to presence, see a 2011 article in PsychNology Journal.… read more. “Provocative presence: Physics is pointing inexorably to mind”

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Call: Pro-Social Play! International conference on Storytelling and Well-being across Media Borders

Call for Papers

Pro-Social Play!
International conference on Storytelling and Well-being across Media Borders
17-19 October, 2019
University of Kent, U.K.
www.prosocial-narrative.org

Abstract submission deadline: June 30, 2019

Plenary speakers:
Charles Forceville, Media Studies, University of Amsterdam
Tobias Greitemeyer, Social Psychology, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Anja Laukötter, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
Harry Yi-Jui Wu, Medical Ethics and Humanities, Hong Kong University

Roundtable discussion with the award winning film director, Clio Barnard, following a screening of Dark River (2017)

Workshops by artists at the arts charity People United on prosocial performances

This truly interdisciplinary and international conference brings together scholars of empirical and theoretical research as well as practitioners working on narrative arts for promoting pro-social behaviours and mental well-being across different media. To date, the pro-social narratives have often been studied with a focus on testing people’s media exposure and pro-social effects.… read more. “Call: Pro-Social Play! International conference on Storytelling and Well-being across Media Borders”

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Presence insights: Human contact is now a luxury good

[Without using the terms telepresence or presence, this story from The New York Times provides several important insights about it. The vivid example of Care.Coach central to the story demonstrates that even relatively simple and unrealistic stimuli can create valuable presence experiences. It also makes the larger point that as these mediated experiences are becoming more common, nonmediated ones are becoming more valued and precious, a luxury only available to those who can afford them. A logical question then is what will happen to this new kind of “digital divide” as the technologies that create presence experiences become more sophisticated and effective as well as affordable? Will that ease the “luxurification of human engagement,” at least for most of (Western?) society? If the technologies to perfectly reproduce face-to-face (or face-to-AI) experiences were available to everyone, would nonmediated experiences still be valued over mediated ones?… read more. “Presence insights: Human contact is now a luxury good”

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