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Call: Rethinking Dialogue in the Age of New Challenges and Opportunities – Journal of Dialogue Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS:

Rethinking Dialogue in the Age of New Challenges and Opportunities
Journal of Dialogue Studies
http://www.dialoguestudies.org/

Abstracts submission deadline: 15th of June, 2020

In its forthcoming issue, the Journal of Dialogue Studies invites papers addressing ‘dialogue’ through the lens of the challenges and opportunities, brought about by the current age of new technologies, populism and new dialogue spaces.… read more. “Call: Rethinking Dialogue in the Age of New Challenges and Opportunities – Journal of Dialogue Studies”

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Facebook teases a vision of remote work using augmented and virtual reality

[The pandemic is hastening Facebook’s development of presence-evoking technologies designed to enhance remote work in the years ahead, as demonstrated in a new, very short video featured and discussed in this story from The Verge. The story notes that “Facebook and Oculus’ joint work on hand tracking, more realistic avatars, spatial audio, and more powerful wireless technology illustrate how seriously the company is committed to the idea of virtual presence and making it as powerful as possible.” It also reports on how Facebook is moving toward remote work for its own employees. For more information see coverage in Upload and the Facebook‘s blog post. –Matthew]

[Image: Source: Upload]

Facebook teases a vision of remote work using augmented and virtual reality

The future of work post-pandemic might look something like this

By Nick Statt
May 21, 2020

Facebook has long believed in the promise of virtual and augmented reality extending well beyond entertainment, and we’re now getting a clearer glimpse at what that future might look like now that the current pandemic is reshaping how companies everywhere think about remote work.… read more. “Facebook teases a vision of remote work using augmented and virtual reality”

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Call: ICMI 2020 Workshop on Modeling Socio-Emotional and Cognitive Processes from Multimodal Data in the Wild

Call for Papers

Workshop on Modeling Socio-Emotional and Cognitive Processes from Multimodal Data in the Wild
At ICMI 2020: The 22nd International Conference on Multimodal Interaction
25-29 October 2020
To be held remotely due to COVID-19
ICMI 2020 website: http://icmi.acm.org/2020/index.php?id=home
Workshop website: https://sites.google.com/view/modeling-multimodal-data/home

Submission deadline: 17 August 2020

This workshop is part of the 22nd ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) to be held remotely due to COVID-19.

Machine Learning (ML) on sensor data of human users in the wild poses numerous technical, theoretical, and ethical challenges. Modeling of intelligent adaptive systems in human-computer or human-robot interaction (HCI, HRI) can be based on a broad spectrum of multimodal signals. For example, eye gaze or EEG may reveal cues about a person’s focus of attention, and multimodal data from posture, voice, or facial expressions are frequently examined to predict user engagement, affective responses, or impending breakdown of the interaction.… read more. “Call: ICMI 2020 Workshop on Modeling Socio-Emotional and Cognitive Processes from Multimodal Data in the Wild”

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Holographic VR meetings just became real, whether you’re ready or not

[A first-person report on the latest iteration of Spatial holographic virtual reality experiences has new importance with our unexpected reliance on 2D video meeting systems like Zoom. This story is from VentureBeat and for more details see a second story from the same publication (which explicitly praises the “sense of collective presence” of Spatial VR and provides information on free access) and a 2018 post in ISPR Presence News. –Matthew]

Holographic VR meetings just became real, whether you’re ready or not

Jeremy Horwitz
May 20, 2020

I’m not often at a loss for words, but as I re-entered the real world after my second holographic media briefing this month, I realized that I was struggling to speak or type. Mentally, the sensation was awe — my sincere belief that I had just experienced the future of remote work and meetings.… read more. “Holographic VR meetings just became real, whether you’re ready or not”

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Call: Workshop on “Teaching HCI for AI: Co-design of a Syllabus” ACM SIGCHI Italy

Call for Papers

Workshop on “Teaching HCI for AI: Co-design of a Syllabus”
An event of SIGCHItaly (ACM SIGCHI Italian Chapter)
in collaboration with
CINI AIIS Lab (Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems Lab)
Rome, July 7th, 2020
Dip. Ingegneria Informatica Automatica e Gestionale “Antonio Ruberti”
Sapienza Università di Roma, Via Ariosto, Roma
http://sigchitaly.eu/en/hci4ai-syllabus/

Submission deadline: June 15th, 2020

NOTE: The safety and well-being of prospective participants is our priority. We are therefore ready to hold the workshop online if restrictions due to COVID-19 will not allow us to conduct it physically in Rome.

MOTIVATIONS

Compared with traditional technologies, AI-based technologies hold different expectations from a user’s perspective. Besides the established principles of user-centered design, there are further important aspects that are peculiar to this type of system and that need to be considered during design.

Intelligent system components usually have probabilistic behaviors, based on nuances of tasks and settings, which can confuse users, erode their confidence, and lead to the abandonment of AI technology.… read more. “Call: Workshop on “Teaching HCI for AI: Co-design of a Syllabus” ACM SIGCHI Italy”

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After real loss, virtual comfort must do

[The New York Times has compiled short stories from people who have lost a loved one during the pandemic about their experiences of mourning. Many of the stories highlight the abilities, and limitations, of media technology to overcome physical isolation from other people at an extremely difficult time. Warning: Reading these stories may evoke intense emotions; they did for me. See the original version for two more images, and a related story, “A 24-Hour Virtual Vigil Will Mourn Americans Who Have Died Of Coronavirus,” from Gothamist (that event is scheduled for today, Wednesday May 20, 2020). –Matthew]

[Image: A family sits shiva remotely on Zoom for an elderly relative who died of heart failure in New Canaan, Conn. Credit: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis, via Getty Images]

After Real Loss, Virtual Comfort Must Do

Readers talk about mourning loved ones from afar.

By Rachel L.… read more. “After real loss, virtual comfort must do”

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Call: FRUGALTHINGS 2020 – 1st Workshop on Experiences with the Design and Implementation of Frugal Smart Objects

Call for Papers

FRUGALTHINGS 2020
1st Workshop on Experiences with the Design and Implementation of Frugal Smart Objects
In conjunction with ACM MobiCom 2020 – The 26th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking

September 21st, 2020 virtual (online) conference
http://www.grc.upv.es/frugalthings2020/

Submission deadline: June 5, 2020 (FIRM)

Frugal innovation employs a creative approach to problem solving which starts from user needs and works to develop contextually appropriate solutions that have to be scalable, durable and environmentally sustainable, while using state-of-the-art technologies and know-how.

Frugal innovation explores the introduction of emerging technologies to new populations, by developing ubiquitous computing systems, designing interaction techniques, and collecting and analyzing data.

Recent research acknowledges frugal innovation as a multi-dimensional phenomenon with three primary dimensions: product, process and context. Product dimension includes the characteristics of being simple, robust, and focuses on the core and required functionalities.… read more. “Call: FRUGALTHINGS 2020 – 1st Workshop on Experiences with the Design and Implementation of Frugal Smart Objects”

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Texas tries a pandemic first: A jury trial by Zoom

[As the need to stay physically apart during the pandemic continues to motivate more uses of presence-evoking technologies, a Texas courtroom is conducting what is said to be the first jury trial via videoconferencing. The story below from Reuters provides some key details; Law.com reports on what happened during the jury selection process; the NBC station in Dallas-Fort Worth has a 1:56 minute news report; and the ABA Journal considers more of the challenges related to presence, including this:

“Video can be distancing and distorting. As courts come to grips with virtual hearings, they will need to consider how framing, lighting, camera angle and location might make jurors question the credibility of a witness or create bias. A jury could view defendants differently if they are seated in jail, wearing an orange jumpsuit and 10 feet away from a camera, or if they are framed from a low angle or have shadows on their faces.… read more. “Texas tries a pandemic first: A jury trial by Zoom”

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Call: “Artificial Speakers” special issue of Minds and Machines

Call for Papers

Minds & Machines special edition on:
Artificial Speakers – Philosophical Questions and Implications
https://resource-cms.springernature.com/springer-cms/rest/v1/content/17912410/data/v1

Deadline to submit full paper: October 1st, 2020

DESCRIPTION

With the increasing ubiquity of natural language processing (NLP) algorithms, interacting with “conversational artificial agents” such as speaking robots, chatbots, and personal assistants will be an everyday occurrence for most people. In a rather innocuous sense, we can perform a variety of speech acts with them, from asking a question to telling a joke, as they respond to our input just as any other agent would.

However, in a stricter, philosophical sense, the question of what we are doing when we interact with these agents is less trivial, as the conversational instances are growing in complexity, interactivity, and anthropomorphic believability. For example, open domain chatbots will soon be capable of holding conversations on a virtually unlimited range of topics.… read more. “Call: “Artificial Speakers” special issue of Minds and Machines”

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Robotic dolphin causing stir in aquariums while solving ethical dilemma

[The new realistic robot dolphin in this report from Radio New Zealand clearly evokes medium-as-social-actor presence, with volunteers who swim with it believing it’s a real dolphin until being told the truth. The story describes a myriad of practical applications of the technology along with the creators’ plans to develop robots for other marine species. –Matthew]

[Image: Credit: Katie Todd]

Robotic dolphin causing stir in aquariums while solving ethical dilemma

11 May 2020
Katie Todd, Reporter

As Chinese zoos and aquariums grapple with new bans on wildlife trade, a New Zealand tech entrepreneur is seeing unexpected interest in her latest project.

Melanie Langlotz has helped build a life-sized robot dolphin that looks and swims just like a real bottlenose and can react to human gestures.

As well as offering an ethical alternative to keeping dolphins in captivity and a novel tool for movie-making and wildlife education, it could end up plugging the gap for the struggling Chinese businesses.… read more. “Robotic dolphin causing stir in aquariums while solving ethical dilemma”

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