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Call: ICSR 2020 Workshop on Child-Robot Interaction: Present and Future Relationships

Call for Papers

Child-Robot Interaction: Present and Future Relationships
A Workshop at the 12th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2020)
November 14-16, 2020
Online
Workshop: https://sites.google.com/view/child-robot-interaction/
ICSR: https://sites.psu.edu/icsr2020/

KEY DATES:

Submission Deadline: October 16, 2020 (11:59 pm Anywhere on Earth)
Acceptance Notification: October 23, 2020
Camera-ready Deadline: October 30, 2020

ABSTRACT:

Robots will become more pervasive in society, playing different roles from tutors to physical therapy assistants to playmates, to name a few. The relationship between children and robots starts before the actual interaction. Researchers are faced with the question of when to involve children in this process. Children are cognitively immature, and their perspectives on robots are different from adults. How are children’s perceptions, expectations, and perspectives influencing the field, and how is CRI impacting children’s cognitive development? This half-day workshop aims to bring researchers, practitioners, and pioneers from relevant disciplines to this platform to have in-depth discussions on various aspects of CRI, such as potentials, challenges, and related opportunities to keep children in the loop.… read more. “Call: ICSR 2020 Workshop on Child-Robot Interaction: Present and Future Relationships”

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Researchers create a true holographic movie

[The 1:08 minute video included with this press release from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology via EurekAlert! (and also available on YouTube) isn’t very impressive on its own but it represents an important advance in presence-evoking technology. Optics.org provides a bit more technical information, including this:

“[N]one [of the previous approaches] have produced a satisfactory balance between the pixel period, the image intensity, and the achievable frame rate. … [N]one of these methods [to use reconfigurable metasurfaces] has successfully achieved metasurface hologram movies of more than 4 frames per second, according to the TUAT project.”

“TUAT took a public domain animation of the Earth and broke it down into 48 frames. Each frame was then fabricated onto a metasurface built up of rectangular ‘metallic aperture meta-atoms’ of gold, each measuring 200 x 100 x 120 nanometers. Each metasurface frame is capable of diffracting laser light shone through it so as to reproduce a holographic 3D image of that frame.… read more. “Researchers create a true holographic movie”

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Call: EICS 2021: 13th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems

Call for Papers

EICS 2021: The 13th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems
8-11 June, 2021
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
https://eics.acm.org/eics2021/

Submission deadline (round 2): October 23rd, 2020

EICS 2021 is the thirteenth international conference devoted to engineering interactive computing systems and their user interfaces, addressing one or more software quality factors, such as usability, user experience, reliability, security, etc.

Work presented at EICS covers all processes at any stage of the development life-cycle (requirements, specification, validation and verification, testing, deployment, maintenance).

Any of the following topics of interest may be addressed as long as their engineering contribution is made explicit and highlighted.

TOPICS

EICS 2021 focuses on models, languages, notations, methods, techniques and tools that support designing and developing interactive systems. The Conference brings together people who study or practice the engineering of interactive systems, drawing from: Design, HCI, Software Engineering, Requirements Engineering, Modelling, and Programming.… read more. “Call: EICS 2021: 13th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems”

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Telepresence robots provide virtual tourism experiences during pandemic and beyond

[The pandemic has increased the potential value of telepresence robots for tourism, with new robots and revenue models on the way. This story is from Skift, where the original includes two more images and a one minute video. –Matthew]

Robots Came For Your Jobs, Now They’re Coming for Your Vacations: Here’s How

Sean O’Neill, Skift
August 28, 2020

SKIFT TAKE:
Are there really enough people who want to remote-control a robot and visit places virtually? We’re skeptical. But the founder of the startup Propelmee is surprisingly persuasive at the potential uses for such robots.
— Sean O’Neill

The robots were already coming for your jobs. Now they’re coming for your vacations, too. Robot maker Propelmee will begin testing in mid-September at several UK attractions a virtual tourism robot called Challau.

People anywhere in the world can remotely control the robot, which looks like a Segway, via a simple, browser-based interface on their computer or smartphone.… read more. “Telepresence robots provide virtual tourism experiences during pandemic and beyond”

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Call: The 2nd International Conference on Educational Innovation and Philosophical Inquiries (ICEIPI 2021)

Call for Papers

The 2nd International Conference on
Educational Innovation and Philosophical Inquiries (ICEIPI 2021)
Stanford, California, US [see note below]
August 8, 2021
https://www.iceipi.org/

First round submission deadline: December 1, 2020

NOTE: Possible Actions on COVID-19: This conference is planned to be held in Stanford University, California. Presently, under the influence of COVID-19, there have been restrictions on travel and gatherings to avoid the spread of the virus. The world is making every effort to fight against the pandemic and we hope it can soon reach its conclusion. However, if the current situation continues as the set date of ICEIPI 2021 is approaching, we are afraid that this conference will have to be moved online in consideration for the health and safety of our participants. We will make timely updates to every change of the format and schedule of the conference.… read more. “Call: The 2nd International Conference on Educational Innovation and Philosophical Inquiries (ICEIPI 2021)”

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Cardboard cutouts suggest audience presence in sports and beyond

[Posts here in April and July highlighted the use of cardboard cutouts to provide a sense of the physical presence of people who can’t attend events because of the pandemic. The trend is continuing and expanding, including in my hometown, as reported in this story from The Philadelphia Inquirer (where the original version includes three more pictures). Any web search will reveal many more examples, but here are four that show the breadth of the phenomenon:

–Matthew]

The 2020 Phillies’ biggest hit might just be those cardboard cutouts in the stands

By Frank Fitzpatrick
September 19, 2020

They are undersize, immobile, and, for the most part, inexperienced, but when this strange 2020 baseball season has concluded, they likely will be remembered as some of the best role players in Phillies history.… read more. “Cardboard cutouts suggest audience presence in sports and beyond”

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Job: Postdoc on interactive machine learning and human-robot/agent interaction at Sorbonne U.

Call for Applications

Postdoctoral researcher on interactive machine learning and human-robot/agent interaction
PIRoS (Perception, Interaction and Robotique Sociales) team
of the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR)
at Sorbonne University (Paris)

Submission deadline: End of September 2020

The PIRoS (Perception, Interaction and Robotique Sociales) team of the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR) at Sorbonne University (Paris) is looking for a for a highly motivated and ambitious postdoctoral researcher to conduct research on interactive machine learning and human-robot/agent interaction.

The successful candidate will work on several EU projects including the HumanE-AI-Net (ICT-48-2020 – Towards a vibrant European network of AI excellence centres; www.humane-ai.eu) and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ANIMATAS (www.animatas.eu).… read more. “Job: Postdoc on interactive machine learning and human-robot/agent interaction at Sorbonne U.”

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How Facebook’s CEO is thinking about the future of AR, VR, and more

[There were several presence-related announcements at this week’s Facebook Connect conference and this story from The Verge touches on them, but it’s particularly interesting because it focuses on how CEO Mark Zuckerberg views the future, including this:

“The thing that excites me about virtual and augmented reality is the feeling of presence. The idea that this is the first computing platform in the history of computing, where you really feel like you’re there with another person. Right? Delivering a sense of presence is the thing that I care about. And VR and AR are going to be the technologies that do that.”

For related ‘big picture’ coverage see “Facebook virtual reality guru ’embarrassed’ by lack of social experiences for users during global pandemic” in Newsweek and “Facebook’s virtual reality push is about data, not gaming” in The Conversation. –Matthew]

[Image: Credit: Nick Statt / The Verge]

Mark Zuckerberg on why he doesn’t want to ‘put an Apple Watch on your face’

How Facebook’s CEO is thinking about the future of augmented reality, virtual reality, and more

By Casey Newton
September 16, 2020

Social networks contain multitudes.… read more. “How Facebook’s CEO is thinking about the future of AR, VR, and more”

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Call: Ergonomics and Human Factors 2021

Call for Papers

Ergonomics & Human Factors 2021
19-21 April 2021 online
22 April 2021, London
https://conference.ergonomics.org.uk

Submission deadline: 1 November 2020

Taking place over four days, the format of Ergonomics and Human Factors 2021 will reflect all that is best about events:

  • Multiple, engaging and informative live online sessions with presenter and audience interaction.
  • A large range of on-demand recorded content available through a single sign-in website.
  • A day of face to face live lectures, discussion and debate on contemporary topics in a quality London venue.
  • Social networking time including an online quiz and a face to face annual dinner.

CONFERENCE THEMES

We’re now inviting written submissions in either short (4 pages) or long format (8 pages) covering (but not limited to) 6 themes:

  • The Future Human including robotics/ cobotics; wearable technology; AI; online learning
  • Health & Social Care including human factors and Covid-19; PPE; medical device design; healthy ageing
  • Transport & Mobility including autonomous vehicles; novel transport systems; travel and the pandemic
  • The Future Workplace including occupational health; cybersecurity; workspace design
  • The Built Environment including teaching and education; social housing; complex use; smart cities
  • Sustainable Living including ecology and the environment; renewable energy; climate and pollution

PRESENTATION TYPES

You’ll be able to present your topic in one of a number of ways:

  • Live or pre-recorded talks
  • Videos
  • Podcasts
  • Recorded slideshows
  • Digital posters

All accepted papers will be published in the digital proceedings.… read more. “Call: Ergonomics and Human Factors 2021”

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NSF grant to test use of 360 videos to introduce STEM careers to rural high school students

[The project described in this story from Rowan University in New Jersey represents a potentially very valuable application of presence-evoking technology.  –Matthew]

Bringing STEM careers to rural students: NSF grant will use virtual reality videos to expose high schoolers to in-demand technical careers

August 17, 2020

A $496,963 grant from the National Science Foundation will help Rowan University researchers from two colleges introduce STEM careers to high school students in rural South Jersey.

Led by professors Sarah Ferguson and Kara Ieva from the College of Education and Christopher Winkler from the Ric Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts, the grant will use virtual reality 360-degree videos to introduce underrepresented students, particularly women and students of color, to in-demand STEM careers.… read more. “NSF grant to test use of 360 videos to introduce STEM careers to rural high school students”

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