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Call: Exploring the Mind’s Eye: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Imagination

Call for Posters

Exploring the Mind’s Eye: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Imagination
October 25-26, 2019
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
http://www.phil.bilkent.edu.tr/index.php/2019/05/06/call-for-poster-proposals-exploring-the-minds-eye-conference/

Submission deadline: July 12, 2019

We are pleased to invite submissions to Exploring the Mind’s Eye: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Imagination for poster presentations. The conference will be held at Bilkent University, Ankara on October 25-26, 2019 and it is organized by the Departments of Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience.

The deadline for poster submissions is Friday, July 12, 2019 (midnight, GMT). Poster proposals should be between 500-1000 words and they should be submitted as a PDF file at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=img2019

Travel and accommodation costs belong to the accepted poster presenters, but we can help with reserving on-campus accommodation.

For the poster presentations, we invite topics on all areas related to philosophy and science of imagination, including (but not limited to):

  • The representational content of mental imagery
  • Pretence, play and imagination
  • Neuroscience of mental imagery
  • Aphantasia and similar neurological conditions
  • Psychological significance of imagination
  • Modal knowledge, conceivability and imagination
  • Mental time travel
  • Embodied imagination
  • Imagination in aesthetics and philosophy of fiction

Confirmed Speakers:

So far, the confirmed speakers for the conference are (in alphabetical
order):

  • Adam Zeman, University of Exeter
  • Amy Kind, Claremont McKenna College
  • Anna Abraham, Leeds Beckett University
  • Bence Nanay, University of Antwerp
  • David Papineau, CUNY Graduate Center & KCL
  • Deena Weisberg, Villanova University
  • Kourken Michaelian, Université Grenoble Alpes
  • Margot Strohminger, University of Oxford
  • Tufan Kıymaz, Bilkent University
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Hollywood automotive museum uses HoloLens to transport fans into the worlds of ‘Back to the Future’ and Halo

[A new exhibit uses vehicles, props, and augmented reality to “bring to life”40 vehicles from fiction; a few of the details (and a 2:15 minute video) are in this short story from Next Reality and for more information see Microsoft’s website. A story in VR Focus describes an earlier exhibit that also incorporated the HoloLens. –Matthew]

[Image: Source: Microsoft]

Hollywood Exhibit Uses HoloLens to Transport Fans into the Worlds of ‘Back to the Future’ & Halo

By Adario Strange
May 24, 2019

The potential of augmented reality is often shown in science fiction movies, but a new exhibit marries the genre with very real-world AR technology, to great effect.

“Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy” is a new exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, and the best part of the display, called Worlds Reimagined, uses the HoloLens 1.… read more. “Hollywood automotive museum uses HoloLens to transport fans into the worlds of ‘Back to the Future’ and Halo”

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Call: iLRN’s State of XR and Immersive Learning Expert Panel

Call for Nominations/Self-nominations

iLRN’s State of XR and Immersive Learning Expert Panel
https://immersivelrn.org/ilrns-state-of-xr-and-immersive-learning-expert-panel-call-for-nominations-self-nominations/

Deadline for expressions of interest: July 1, 2019

iLRN’s State of XR and Immersive Learning project (see https://immersivelrn.org/about-us/state-of-xr-and-immersive-learning/) combines a systematic review and synthesis of the scholarly evidence and knowledge base on extended reality (XR) and immersive learning with a Delphi-inspired environmental scanning and forecasting exercise in the vein of the well-known NMC (now EDUCAUSE) Horizon Report. Planned for release in early 2020, the inaugural State of XR and Immersive Learning Report is being produced by iLRN in collaboration with the IEEE ICICLE XR for Learning and Performance Augmentation SIG, EDUCAUSE, and the Consortium for School Networking. The sponsors of the inaugural Report include Adobe, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation, HP, SpringboardVR, Unity Technologies, and zSpace.

iLRN is seeking nominations of, and expressions of interest from, both scholars and practitioners working in XR and immersive learning to serve on the Expert Panel for the inaugural Report.… read more. “Call: iLRN’s State of XR and Immersive Learning Expert Panel”

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VR and sex: Insights from 27-year-old Anna Petukhova’s Moscow VR franchise VRayu

[This story from the Observer includes several interesting insights about the benefits and other aspects of presence experiences in the context of sexuality (a pity quote: “If watching pornography is like riding a bicycle, then being immersed in virtual erotica is like driving a Tesla in Ludicrous mode. A big difference.”). See the original version for two more images. –Matthew]

[Image: Anna Petukhova created VRayu to provide adults with an opportunity to experience virtual reality in many forms. Credit: Brittain Ladd]

VR & Sex: How This 27-Year-Old Created One of the Hottest Virtual Reality Franchises

By Brittain Ladd
June 26, 2019

At a time when multiple research reports indicate that people are having less sex globally, 27-year-old Anna Petukhova decided to combine technology, sex toys and good old-fashioned sex appeal to open a sex club in her hometown of Moscow, Russia.… read more. “VR and sex: Insights from 27-year-old Anna Petukhova’s Moscow VR franchise VRayu”

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Call: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing issue on Everyday Automation Experiences

Call for Papers

PERSONAL AND UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING
Theme issue on Everyday Automation Experiences
https://www.facebook.com/notes/personal-and-ubiquitous-computing/theme-issue-on-everyday-automation-experiences-cfp/10156023570570458/

Submission deadline: 31 October 2019

AIM AND SCOPE

Automation is now part of our lives. Homeowners orchestrate their appliances in their smart homes, drivers negotiate control with their cars, public transport passengers use autonomous buses, shoppers use self-checkout, and factory workers see themselves in the role of monitoring rather than controlling. The emergent role of automation has an impact on the way how people can be supported in perceiving, monitoring and configuring technologies in a variety of situations.

The design, creation, and evaluation of (semi-)automated everyday objects and corresponding experiences pose many challenges. These include supporting and ensuring the intelligibility of appliances, maintaining and negotiating control, providing opportunities for and informing about potential human interventions as well as capturing and assessing a user’s automation experience.

This theme issue will contain research on emerging aspects of (semi-)automated ubiquitous systems.… read more. “Call: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing issue on Everyday Automation Experiences”

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“Immersive Science”: Microscopy + VR lets doctors “step inside” biopsy samples

[The Carnegie Mellon professor in this story from CMU says using a new technology that combines microscopy and virtual reality is “an immersive experience, just like you are sitting inside your data”; the new application of presence will allow doctors to better understand, prevent and treat disease. See the original story for a second image and a 2:06 minute video.–Matthew]

[Image: Biological Sciences graduate student Brendan Gallagher views expansion microscopy data using virtual reality.]

Microscopy And VR Illuminate New Ways To Prevent And Treat Disease

June 13, 2019

A combined research team from Carnegie Mellon University and Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is pairing a nanoscale imaging technique with virtual reality technology to create a method that allows researchers to “step inside” their biological data.

By combining the technique, called expansion microscopy, with virtual reality (VR), scientists will be able to enlarge, explore and analyze cell structures far beyond the capabilities of traditional light microscopy.… read more. ““Immersive Science”: Microscopy + VR lets doctors “step inside” biopsy samples”

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Call: Futures Thinking Inaugural Conference

Call for Papers:

Futures Thinking Inaugural Conference
1-3 October 2019
University of Oxford, Wolfson College

Abstract deadline (extended): 1 July 2019

Ubiquitous technologies have resulted in unprecedented access to media for many but have also altered the way humans engage with and consume content, specifically the way in which we read. For example, recommender systems automatically filter content, based on an intelligent machines’ expectations about our preferences; and digital platforms allow us to share, alter, manipulate, and understand content in myriad ways that were not possible with traditional forms of media. Although humans may now read more than ever before, there are many questions that are raised about the new modes of engaging and consuming media that deserve attention.

Taking up the conversation framed during our successful launch event this conference seeks to explore the future of reading and narrative in relation to how questions of inequality, bias in programming and developing technologies are changing the way that human beings create and interact with narrative and the self.… read more. “Call: Futures Thinking Inaugural Conference”

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UCI team adds AI to telepresence robot for homebound children for more natural experience

[As described in this story from UCI News, a team from the University of California, Irvine is working to improve the experience of telepresence robot users by incorporating AI to make the robot more autonomous; just as humans need not focus on every part of a complex but familiar task, the robot allows them to automate tasks. See the original story for a second image and a 3:53 minute demonstration video. –Matthew]

[Image: CARL SR, a robot being optimized for classroom use, leads lab members (from left) Hirak Kashyap, Tiffany Hwu, Giselle Tian, Jeffrey Krichmar and Lara Mirzakhanian in a display of school spirit. Credit: Luis Fonseca / UCI School of Social Sciences]

Building a better bot

An interdisciplinary UCI team is improving assistive robotic technology for homebound children, limited-mobility adults

By Heather Ashbach, UCI
June 24, 2019

If you’re in Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway this summer, you may (or may not) be surprised to find a robot riding the elevator solo, delivering documents to the fifth floor and winding its way through one of many hallways.… read more. “UCI team adds AI to telepresence robot for homebound children for more natural experience”

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Call: Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI) 2020

Call for Papers

Fourteenth International ACM Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
February 9-12, 2020
Sydney, OZ
https://tei.acm.org/

IMPORTANT DATES

August 3, 2019, 17pm AEST Papers submission deadline
October 19, 2019 Notification of acceptance
February 9-12, 2020 TEI conference in Sydney, OZ

RELATED DATES

May 1, 2019 SIGCHI Student Travel Award
December 15, 2019 ACM-W Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

GENERAL INFO

TEI2020 is the 14th annual conference dedicated to presenting the latest results in tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction. The ACM-TEI conference has gained substantial visibility and activity over the past decade. It brings together researchers, practitioners, businesses, artists, designers and students from various disciplines, including engineering, interaction design, computer science, product design, media studies and the arts.

This year marks the first TEI conference held in Australia. Our theme for 2020 is Future Bodies, Future Technologies. The theme invites participants to speculate on a vision of how technologies could interact and interweave with our bodies as they augment the embodied human experience.… read more. “Call: Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI) 2020”

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Virtual reality helps scare residents to flee looming storms, research says

[A new study demonstrates the effectiveness of virtual reality (and presence) in motivating people to evacuate when a hurricane is approaching. This short story is from Reuters; more information including a 1:38 minute video is available from lead author Jase Bernhardt’s Hofstra University webpage and the research report is available from the American Meteorological Society. –Matthew]

Virtual reality helps scare residents to flee looming storms, research says

Kate Ryan
June 21, 2019

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Virtual reality simulations work better than traditional alerts in motivating people to evacuate ahead of hurricanes, research said on Friday, part of efforts to improve alert methods as the risk of extreme weather increases.

Typically utilizing headsets for viewers to look into, dramatic simulations can create a heightened sense of urgency and fear, said the study by researchers at Hofstra University in New York.… read more. “Virtual reality helps scare residents to flee looming storms, research says”

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