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Call: Digital Identities, Digital Ways of Living: Philosophical Analyses

Call for Papers

Digital Identities, Digital Ways of Living: Philosophical Analyses
Special issue of the journal Phenomenology and Mind
and
San Raffaele School of Philosophy 2020
Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan
October, 12th – 14th 2020

Deadline for submissions: June 10th, 2020

[NOTE: Amid global concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are closely monitoring the situation with respect to our planned School. However, please consider submitting your paper anyway since accepted papers will be published on a special issue of the journal Phenomenology and Mind (expected publication date: July 2021) even in the unlucky case in which the School needs to be postponed or speakers will not be able to attend. In any case, we will update invited speakers and selected contributors as the COVID-19 situation evolves.]

The massive use of digital technologies today and the way they are prominently taking part in several of our everyday activities makes a philosophical reflection on this phenomenon particularly needed.… read more. “Call: Digital Identities, Digital Ways of Living: Philosophical Analyses”

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Virtual graduation ceremonies and campuses evoke presence

[Below are two stories about efforts to use presence-evoking technology to replace the experience of in-person graduation ceremonies (and other aspects of campus life) that have been displaced by the Coronavirus. The first story, about elementary students using Minecraft, is from Parentology; SoraNews24 adds these reactions from “Japanese netizens”:

“The kids are all right.”
“Parents are doing ‘telework’ and kids are doing ‘telegraduation.’”
“I’m so jealous of what awesome things kids have these day.”
“Those who say video games are bad, look at this!”
“This will probably be an even better memory than a regular graduation for them.”

NBC’s Today adds details about the student who started the effort, and all of these stories include more pictures and/or videos. The Parentology story alludes to Purdue University’s earlier plan to add a virtual component to their regular graduation ceremony; more details about that are available from Purdue’s website.… read more. “Virtual graduation ceremonies and campuses evoke presence”

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Call: 12th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2020)

CALL FOR PAPERS

The 12th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2020)
November 14-16, 2020
Golden, Colorado
https://sites.psu.edu/icsr2020/

Submission deadline: June, 1st, 2020

GENERAL INFORMATION

The 12th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2020) brings together researchers and practitioners working on the interaction between humans and intelligent robots and on the integration of robots into the fabric of our society. ICSR 2020 will take place in Golden Colorado on November 14-16, 2020. Accepted papers will be included in ICSR 2020 Proceedings published by Springer LNAI series.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Entertaining Robots’, which is meant to be a play on words signifying that robots can serve as captivating social agents but also suggesting the challenges associated with managing these artifacts. In the near future robots will be entering our social world taking on a wide variety of roles.… read more. “Call: 12th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2020)”

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Virtual choirs connect people during social distancing

[Here are two stories about how singers are creatively using technology to evoke a sense of being together when they have to be physically separated. More about virtual choirs can be found in stories in Kent Online and CNN and a 2:48 minute radio segment from ABC News in Australia. –Matthew]

[Image: The Sofa Singers. Credit: twitter.com/@swissmiss]

[From Positive News]

Online choir spreads joy and togetherness during coronavirus outbreak

When it became impossible to run his real-life choirs as normal this week, vocal leader James Sills launched The Sofa Singers. The virtual group invites people from all over the world to connect through the power of song – from the comfort of their sofas

Words by Lucy Purdy
March 17, 2020

At 7.30pm GMT on Tuesday, a choir met for its first ever rehearsal. Starting tentatively to the sound of a few throats being nervously cleared, its members soon warmed up, grinning at each other while belting out verse after verse, before chatting excitedly afterwards over cups of tea.… read more. “Virtual choirs connect people during social distancing”

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Call: Real Artificial Intelligence 2020, 1-day event showcasing practical applications of AI

Call for Participation

Real Artificial Intelligence 2020
A special one-day event showcasing
Practical Applications of Artificial Intelligence
Friday 2nd October 2020
http://www.bcs-sgai.org/realai2020/

British Computer Society London Office
https://www.25copthall.com/location/

BCS-SGAI, the British Computer Society Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence, is the organiser of one of the longest running annual series of AI conferences in Europe: the AI-20xx series. In recent years we have seen a rise in popularity of one aspect of the conference: the industry case studies. These have presented AI as it is actually implemented out there in the real world, with all the triumphs and challenges that brings.

Building on this success, we are pleased to present Real Artificial Intelligence, a new one-day series of meetings showcasing practical applications of AI.

We have aimed the event less at deep AI specialists and more at those who may be interested in understanding what AI can offer, and what it is doing right now.… read more. “Call: Real Artificial Intelligence 2020, 1-day event showcasing practical applications of AI”

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TytoHome telehealth diagnostic kit even more valuable during pandemic

[As this story from Wired notes, a device that lets people collect diagnostic data and video conference with a doctor from home is of great value in general and especially in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic. See the original story for two more pictures.

I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy in this strange and scary time.

–Matthew]

Review: TytoCare TytoHome Medical Kit

Soon, this easy, in-home diagnostic device will be standard home equipment for every family.

Rating:8/10

WIRED: Small and easily storable. Simple to operate. Accurate. Eliminates the need for doctor’s visits. Lets care providers monitor patients remotely.
TIRED: Expensive. Might not work with your insurance or preferred care provider.

March 19, 2020
By Adrienne So

In my past five years as a parent, I’ve called the doctor more times than I have in the 30 years before.… read more. “TytoHome telehealth diagnostic kit even more valuable during pandemic”

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Call: 16th annual Young Researchers’ Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems (YRRSDS)

Call for Papers

The 16th annual Young Researchers’ Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems (YRRSDS)
Boise State University
Boise, Idaho, USA
June 29th and 30th, 2020
https://sites.google.com/view/yrrsds2020/

Submission deadline: May 7th 2020

The 16th annual Young Researchers’ Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems (YRRSDS) will be held at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, USA (collocated with SIGdial) on June 29th and 30th, 2020.

YRRSDS is an annual workshop for graduate students, postdoctoral students, and junior researchers working on spoken dialogue systems in both academia and industry. The workshop serves as an interdisciplinary forum for creative thinking about current issues in spoken dialogue systems research and helps to create an international network of young researchers working in the field.

We invite researchers at an early stage of their career (no age limit) to submit a 2-page position paper.

This should include their past, present and future work, a short bio, and topic suggestions for discussions.… read more. “Call: 16th annual Young Researchers’ Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems (YRRSDS)”

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What a WoW virtual outbreak taught us about how humans behave in epidemics

[This story from Ars Technica describes how an accidental simulation of an epidemic in the virtual World of Warcraft helped epidemiologists understand how people respond in similar real (nonmediated) crises. See the original story for a second image and a 1:23 minute video. –Matthew]

[Image: Players gathered in an in-game urban center during the epidemic. Infected individuals walk among the uninfected, the recently dead, and the skeletons of those who died earlier.]

What a WoW virtual outbreak taught us about how humans behave in epidemics

Revisiting a seminal 2007 paper modeling WoW‘s Corrupted Blood incident.

Jennifer Ouellette
March 16, 2020

When it comes to a global pandemic, human beings are the ultimate wild card. That makes it challenging to build accurate mathematical models to predict how the progress of the disease will play out. We’ve certainly seen plenty of all-too-human responses to coronavirus over the last two weeks, with some people panicking and hoarding food, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer.… read more. “What a WoW virtual outbreak taught us about how humans behave in epidemics”

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Call: Creative Research special issue of the journal p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e

CALLS FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
Special issue of the journal p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e dedicated to Creative Research
http://www.p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e.org/?page_id=4698

Submission deadline: March 31st, 2020

Creative Research (also called Art Research) is a research area that has been expanding in the past few decades. However, it’s not always easy to clarify what this concept encompasses, because creative research approaches are very diverse. It is also sometimes difficult to have research in that field recognized by institutions. This is the reason why we decided to dedicate a special issue of the journal p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e to that topic. We welcome any academic, artistic, or hybrid contribution that will shine some light on this concept of creative research. Contributions should be sent as a word document (with links to audio and/or video files if any) to editor@p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e.org no later than March 31st, 2020.

p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e is a double-blind peer reviewed, online journal.… read more. “Call: Creative Research special issue of the journal p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e”

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Forced cancellations jumpstart virtual fashion technology

[The Coronavirus pandemic is prompting many new efforts to create presence experiences; this link-filled story from Vogue Business (which explicitly refers to presence) describes some of these efforts in the fashion industry. See the original version for a second image and a short video. –Matthew]

 

[Image: Artwork hand printed by Hannah Cousins, exclusively for Vogue Business; see the original story for the uncropped, animated gif version.]

Forced cancellations jumpstart virtual fashion technology

Amid a moratorium on events and calls for more sustainable practices, tech that facilitates virtual fashion presentations is thrust into the spotlight.

By Maghan Mcdowell
17 March 2020

Eight China-based fashion designers were invited to Paris Fashion Week to present alongside several of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists at Tomorrow Le Palais, a showroom for emerging designers. But when they could no longer travel to Paris from China due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions, Tomorrow chief development officer Julie Gilhart coordinated a backup plan: each designer would create an introductory video to discuss and display their work.… read more. “Forced cancellations jumpstart virtual fashion technology”

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