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Job: Assistant Professor at Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered AI

Assistant Professor (Research) Faculty Opening

Stanford University
The Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)
https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16840

Application Deadline: December 1, 2020

The Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) at Stanford University invites applications for a fixed-term Assistant Professor (Research) faculty position. The appointment is for a non-renewable term of five years, beginning in September 2021. The selected candidate will be appointed in an appropriate disciplinary department (e.g., Communications, Computer Science, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology), and will be a Junior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.

We are seeking applicants from all areas of research related to artificial intelligence, spanning theoretical foundations, systems, software, applications, and human or societal impact. We are particularly interested in researchers working at the frontiers of artificial intelligence and other disciplines, including but not limited to the humanities, business, education, law, medicine, and physical and social sciences.… read more. “Job: Assistant Professor at Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered AI”

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VR experience lets users read and handle a 15th-century book in original Renaissance setting

[The project described in this story from the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California is designed to evoke presence and accomplish timely broader goals; note especially the last four paragraphs. –Matthew]

[Image: Credit: Courtesy of Sabina Zonno]

Virtual reality takes users back to a 15th-century community of religious women

USC Dornsife’s Sabina Zonno and Lynn Dodd receive a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to develop an immersive experience around a Renaissance-era manuscript.

By Meredith McGroarty
November 10, 2020

When you first pick up the 15th-century book of hours, it may feel heavy. The pages are delicate, but the illuminated scenes are far more vibrant and meticulous than anything in a coffee table book. Looking up, you find yourself in a small, spare, sunlit room, or maybe a dim stone chapel. You may be surrounded by background voices or standing in complete silence.… read more. “VR experience lets users read and handle a 15th-century book in original Renaissance setting”

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Call: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges in Intelligent Conversational User Interface Interactions – ACM IUI 2021 Workshop

Call for Papers

CUI@IUI: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges in Intelligent Conversational User Interface Interactions
Workshop at the 2021 ACM Intelligent User Interface (IUI) Conference
13th April 2021
College Station, Texas, USA [see note below]
http://speechinteraction.org/IUI2021/

NOTE from the IUI website: We are monitoring the situation regarding the global pandemic and associated travel restrictions. If needed, we will offer a virtual presentation option if the conference cannot take place due to the global pandemic, or if registered authors from specific parts of the world cannot attend the conference.

KEY DATES

Registration Deadline: 11th January 2021
Submission deadline: 14th January 2021 (23:59 Anywhere on Earth)
Notifications: 11th February 2021
Workshop: 13th April 2021

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

This workshop aims to bring together the Intelligent User Interface (IUI) and Conversational User Interface (CUI) communities to understand the theoretical and methodological challenges in designing, deploying and evaluating CUIs.… read more. “Call: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges in Intelligent Conversational User Interface Interactions – ACM IUI 2021 Workshop”

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Elyne Legarnisson’s multi-sensory XR experience ‘(un)Balanced’ alters perception of body and space

[Much of this report from VRScout uses text from media artist Elyne Legarnisson to describe her award-winning work (un)Balanced, which apparently produces a very vivid and thought-provoking presence experience. The original story includes several more pictures and a 2:02 minute “teaser” video; for more about the artist and this work you can watch the 2020 Lumen XR Award Programme at the Lumen Prize website (go to 22:13 for a description of the award and 24:43 for the presentation). There’s even more information including a 4:47 minute “making of” video and many more images on Elyne Legarnisson’s website and a detailed paper about the project and mindfulness on the website of UCL’s Interactive Architecture Lab. –Matthew]

Multi-Sensory XR Experience ‘(un)Balanced’ Receives 2020 Lumen XR Award

Elyne Legarnisson walks away with the 2020 Lumen XR Award for her work in physical and digital interactions.read more. “Elyne Legarnisson’s multi-sensory XR experience ‘(un)Balanced’ alters perception of body and space”

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Call: Academic Mindtrek 2021

Call for Papers, Posters, Demonstrations, Workshops and Doctoral Consortium

Academic Mindtrek 2021
Tampere, Finland and online (see note below)
June 1-3, 2021
Website: https://www.mindtrek.org/2021/
Track description: https://www.mindtrek.org/2021/academic-mindtrek-tracks/
Full CfP: https://www.mindtrek.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2020/11/The-2nd-CfP.pdf

Full papers, demonstrations and workshops due on January 25, 2021
Posters and doctoral consortium proposals due on April 10, 2021

NOTE: Special arrangements for virtual presentations will be made for presenters unable to travel and physically attend due to the COVID-19 related travel restrictions.

Academic Mindtrek 2021 welcomes all the scientific papers that present relevant and actual studies of today, that may shape the way we interact with technologies of tomorrow. Our goal is to facilitate a meaningful experience and knowledge sharing on how the technology merges into the society and what opportunities and hidden threats it brings.

We encourage the submissions to share methodological understanding and practices on how to design, develop and evaluate interactive digital products and services to meet a growing demand for high-quality standards.… read more. “Call: Academic Mindtrek 2021”

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Call: UMAP 2021 – 29th ACM International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization

Call for Papers

ACM UMAP 2021
29th ACM International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization
Theme: “Re-Evaluating Evaluation in Personalization Research”
Hybrid: Utrecht (The Netherlands) and Online
June 21-25th (tentative), 2021
https://www.um.org/umap2021/

Abstracts due: January 17, 2021 (mandatory)
Full paper due: January 24, 2021

BACKGROUND AND SCOPE:

ACM UMAP – User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization – is the premier international conference for researchers and practitioners working on systems that adapt to individual users or to groups of users, and that collect, represent, and model user information. ACM UMAP is sponsored by ACM SIGCHI and SIGWEB, and organized with User Modeling Inc. as the core Steering Committee, extended with past years’ chairs. The proceedings are published by ACM and will be part of the ACM Digital Library.

ACM UMAP covers a wide variety of research areas where personalization and adaptation may be applied.… read more. “Call: UMAP 2021 – 29th ACM International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization”

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“It’s the screams of the damned!” The eerie AI world of deepfake music

[The Guardian reports on the advancing ability of technology to create deepfake simulations of ‘original’ music from particular genres and by particular artists, technology that has reached the eeriness of the uncanny valley. The story considers some of the implications and larger questions raised by the technology. The original version includes a second picture and an audio example; more information and many more examples are available on the OpenAI Jukebox website. –Matthew]

[Image: A ghost in the machine? … Frank Sinatra. Credit: Guardian Design/Getty Images]

‘It’s the screams of the damned!’ The eerie AI world of deepfake music

Artificial intelligence is being used to create new songs seemingly performed by Frank Sinatra and other dead stars. ‘Deepfakes’ are cute tricks – but they could change pop for ever

By Derek Robertson
9 Nov 2020

‘It’s Christmas time! It’s hot tub time!” sings Frank Sinatra.… read more. ““It’s the screams of the damned!” The eerie AI world of deepfake music”

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Call: COMPSAC 2021 – IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computers, Software and Applications

CALL FOR PAPERS

COMPSAC 2021
IEEE Computer Society Signature Conference on Computers, Software and Applications
Theme: Intelligent & Resilient Computing for a Collaborative World
July 12-16, 2021
Madrid, Spain and/or online [see note below]
https://ieeecompsac.computer.org/2021/

Main conference papers due: 15 January 2021

[NOTE: Because the safety and well-being of our conference participants are our priorities, we will continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation and determine in Spring, 2021 whether or not to transform COMPSAC 2021 into an all-digital conference. We hope to announce that decision before the end of April, 2021.]

COMPSAC is the IEEE Computer Society Signature Conference on Computers, Software and Applications. It is a major international forum for academia, industry, and government to discuss research results and advancements, emerging challenges, and future trends in computer and software technologies and applications. The theme of COMPSAC 2021 is “Intelligent and Resilient Computing for a Collaborative World”.… read more. “Call: COMPSAC 2021 – IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computers, Software and Applications”

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People view major pop art show in person and via telepresence robot

[Reuters reports on a new pop art show that allows viewers to be present via robot. See the original story for a 1:36 minute video, coverage in CGTN for a different 1:56 minute video, and Gulf News for 12 more pictures (including one with a Pepper robot welcoming visitors). Tatler adds this interesting detail about the artist: “‘I became an artist when I became a lobster,’ was something artist Philip Colbert – variously described as ‘the Crown Prince of pop art’ and ‘the godson of Andy Warhol’ – once said.” For more on the use of telepresence robots to view art, see the April 2020 New York Times story “You Can’t Visit the Museum. But Your Robot Can.”–Matthew]

[Image: A visitor views artworks alongside remote controlled robots at ‘Philip Colbert: Lobsteropolis’ exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK. Credit: CFP.read more. “People view major pop art show in person and via telepresence robot”

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Call: Digital Worlds: A Virtual Workshop

Call for Papers

Digital Worlds: A Virtual Workshop
The Center for Collaboration and Ethics at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
April 10 & 11, 2021
Online

Abstract submissions deadline: January 15, 2021

The Center for Collaboration and Ethics at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley invites submissions for a virtual workshop to be conducted remotely on April 10 & 11, 2021. We seek papers that interrogate the way modern digital technology enhances, hampers, or alters our experience of our lived worlds.

The distinction between “being on the internet” and “being in the real world” is eroding.  People can increasingly be said to “live on their phones” or other devices. This workshop aims to interrogate the meaning and structure of the world as mediated by such devices.

For example, Google Maps changes what it means to get lost and Air BnB changes who our neighbors are.… read more. “Call: Digital Worlds: A Virtual Workshop”

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