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Call: “Human Factors Interventions for Surgical Systems” June 17 free virtual symposium

Call for Participation

Human Factors Interventions for Surgical Systems
A Wellcome / EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences Virtual Symposium
Thursday, 17 June 2021 at 05:00 – 07:30 EDT
Free
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/human-factors-interventions-for-surgical-systems-tickets-155955728783

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Novel technologies have the potential to impact the health field, from augmenting education to greater efficacy in medical procedures. Despite this potential, it is important that they provide a positive user experience both for clinicians and patients. This can be achieved through a user-centred design process where user needs are considered every step of the way.

To gain more understanding around this important process, our symposium explores how to approach healthcare from a human factors perspective. This is covered through engaging talks by world-leading researchers in the field and design activities which demonstrate how these factors can be applied in clinical settings.

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Study shows AI-generated fake reports fool experts

[There’s a fascinating and depressing history of conferences and journals, particularly in the field of computer science, publishing hoax research articles containing content usually generated by primitive algorithms. Nature reports on the problem and new work by two researchers who are identifying these papers in the May 2021 article, “Hundreds of gibberish papers still lurk in the scientific literature.” But the story below from The Conversation describes a study demonstrating that AI can be used to generate articles across the critical fields of Cyber Security and Medicine that fool experts (i.e., make them overlook the fact that the stories were created by “machines displaying humanlike capabilities”). For a broader perspective on the phenomenon and its implications, see the new story in Built In titled “We’re facing a fake science crisis, and AI is making it worse” –Matthew]

Study shows AI-generated fake reports fool experts

Priyanka Ranade, PhD Student in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Anupam Joshi, Professor of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Tim Finin, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

June 7, 2021

If you use such social media websites as Facebook and Twitter, you may have come across posts flagged with warnings about misinformation.… read more. “Study shows AI-generated fake reports fool experts”

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Call: MUM 2021, 20th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia

Call for Papers

MUM 2021, 20th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia
December 5-8, 2021
Leuven, Belgium and online [see Note below]
https://www.mum-conf.org/2021/

Submission deadline for long and short papers: August 6, 2021

NOTE: This year, we have all been confronted with significant changes caused by the corona virus outbreak. Based on vaccination data coming from Europe, the USA, and other countries, we are confident that MUM 2021 will be able to be organized physically. However, we plan for it to be a hybrid in-person event with support for remote participation for those who might not be able to travel to Belgium. We are currently considering which solution to use to be as inclusive as possible to those who will prefer to present and participate remotely. We will monitor the unfolding of the events in the short term and update the conference modality accordingly.… read more. “Call: MUM 2021, 20th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia”

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Coworking company WeWork equipping workspaces for meetings via life-size holograms

[A February 2021 ISPR Presence News post described ARHT Media’s holographic technology (the company’s website boasts of “A Sense Of Presence You Need To See”). This Fast Company story from May reports on a new ARHT partnership with coworking company WeWork to implement the technology in many of its “800+” locations around the world (the press release is available via Intrado GlobeNewswire). –Matthew]

Your next meeting at WeWork could be with life-size holograms

The coworking company is equipping some of its workspaces with holographic gear so that people thousands of miles away can participate in events.

By Mark Sullivan
May 11, 2021

WeWork once declared that it was a “technology company,” not just the landlord of coworking spaces. Now, two years after the company’s hype implosion, it says it’s going to start enabling something decidedly techy: face-to-face meetings with holograms.… read more. “Coworking company WeWork equipping workspaces for meetings via life-size holograms”

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Call: “Gender and Human-Machine Communication” issue of HMC

Call for Papers

“Gender and Human-Machine Communication”
Special Issue of Human-Machine Communication
https://stars.library.ucf.edu/hmc/callforpapers.html

Editors:
Leopoldina Fortunati (leopoldina.fortunati@uniud.it), Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics, University of Udine, Udine, Italy
Autumn Edwards (autumn.edwards@wmich.edu), School of Communication, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America

Submission deadline: January 15, 2022

DESCRIPTION: The reproductive sphere, historically the place of domestic appliances and classic media (television and radio), is now populated by various types of machines: from computers to mobile phones to social robots to virtual and voice-based assistants. Domestic work, especially in its immaterial aspects (affection, emotion, sex, information, care and support, communication, education, entertainment), is increasingly machinized, while its material aspects remain far from being robustly supported by technologies. What is the social and political meaning of this massive penetration of hard technology in the immaterial reproduction sphere and of the relatively limited penetration in the material reproduction sphere?… read more. “Call: “Gender and Human-Machine Communication” issue of HMC”

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Meeting space and tech considerations after the pandemic

[The pandemic has caused many more of people to think about how to use technology and configure spaces to create a sense of being together, i.e., spatial and social presence. This Fast Company story examines some of the considerations that will be important in the new post-pandemic world of remote and hybrid meetings. See Diginomica for an interview with the author Phil Simon who is quoted here. –Matthew]

[Image: Meeting room illustration by Marc_Osborne/iStock]

We still need conference rooms. Here’s what they should look like post-pandemic

A big table, a bunch of chairs, and a speakerphone are no longer enough. As people return to the office, it’s time to rethink meeting spaces.

By Gwen Moran
June 9, 2021

Not so long ago, there were all sorts of predictions about what the future of the office would look like. Open-space floor plans were facing some backlash and some experts were predicting that big conference rooms would give way to smaller, enclosed spaces and “huddle” areas where groups could work closely together.… read more. “Meeting space and tech considerations after the pandemic”

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Call: HUMAN’21 – 4th Workshop on Human Factors in Hypertext

CALL FOR PAPERS

HUMAN’21 – 4th Workshop on Human Factors in Hypertext
Official workshop of the ACM Hypertext Conference ’21
Sponsored by ACM SIGWEB
August 30, 2021
Online

Workshop website: https://human.iisys.de/human21
HUMAN on Twitter: @HUMAN_HT
Twitter hashtag:  #HUMAN21

Submission deadline:  July 23, 2021

INTRODUCTION

HUMAN’21 is the third workshop of a series for the ACM Hypertext conferences. It is sponsored by SIGWEB and affiliated with the 32nd ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media. It has a strong focus on the user and thus is complementary to the strong machine analytics research direction that could be experienced in previous conferences.

The user-centric view on hypertext not only includes user interfaces and interaction, but also discussions about hypertext application domains. Furthermore, the workshop raises the question of how original hypertext ideas (e.g., Doug Engelbart’s “augmenting human intellect” or Frank Halasz’ “hypertext as a medium for thinking and communication”) can improve today’s hypertext systems.… read more. “Call: HUMAN’21 – 4th Workshop on Human Factors in Hypertext”

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‘Sense Arena’ VR trainer helps pro and amateurs hockey players

[Road to VR reports on the Sense Arena hockey trainer. The original version of this story includes another image and three 3 videos, and the NHL.com story mentioned includes more videos and images and quotes goalie Antoine Bibeau of the Carolina Hurricanes saying “You put it on and you basically appear in the net in an NHL arena and you look around and it’s really like being in an NHL arena. I’m shocked by how realistic the whole thing is.” –Matthew]

‘Sense Arena’ is a VR Hockey Trainer That’s Being Adopted by NHL Teams

By Ben Lang
June 9, 2021

Flying, driving—even fencing & crane operation—and now hockey. VR continues to prove out training as a core use-case for the technology. Sense Arena is a VR hockey training platform in use by NHL teams and now expanding beyond goalie training to players all across the rink.… read more. “‘Sense Arena’ VR trainer helps pro and amateurs hockey players”

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Job: Research Assistant/Fellow in HCI at Birmingham City University

Call for Applications

Research Assistant/Fellow in Human-Computer Interaction (Permanent Contract)
School of Computing and Digital Technology
Birmingham City University (BCU)
Birmingham, England
https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CGA960/research-assistant-research-fellow-in-human-computer-interaction-hci

Closing Date: Wednesday 15th June 2021

Salary: Research Assistant (£30,831 – £33,512) / Research Fellow (£37,505 – £40,766)

Located in a modern £300M campus in the heart of Birmingham, the School of Computing and Digital Technology at Birmingham City University (BCU) is a thriving, vibrant, and inspiring learning community committed to excellence in research, high quality teaching, and impactful industrial engagement. Building on continuous success in student growth and in sustained advancement of research activities, the school has embarked on a programme of extensive expansion funded by substantial long-term investments.

The Human Computer Interaction (HCI) research team at BCU specialises in the fields of immersive technologies, AR, VR, accessibility, and assistive technology. To further accelerate our research growth around the field of HCI, we have a unique opportunity available to develop your career as a Research Assistant or Research Fellow on a permanent contract.… read more. “Job: Research Assistant/Fellow in HCI at Birmingham City University”

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Through the looking glass: V&A’s Curious Alice experience part of new VR revolution in museums

[This Museum Association story uses the VR component of a new V&A exhibition about Alice in Wonderland to comment on the larger shift towards the use of immersive media at museums, which has been accelerated by the pandemic. As FashionUnited UK’s coverage notes, the exhibit also includes other elements to create immersion and presence:

“Described as one of the museum’s ‘most ambitious’ exhibitions by its director Dr Tristram Hunt, ‘Alice: Curiouser And Curiouser’ aims to transport visitors into the otherworldly experiences shaped by theatrical sets, immersive environments and playful displays, including the museum’s first virtual reality experience.”

The original version of the story below includes three more images and a one-minute trailer (also available via YouTube). More information and many more pictures are available in the FashionUnited UK story and coverage by designboom, as well the websites for the exhibition and its VR feature.… read more. “Through the looking glass: V&A’s Curious Alice experience part of new VR revolution in museums”

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