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Call: Social and Biometric Data for Applications in Human Machine Interactions: Models and Algorithms (SOBIOAPPS) at CyberSciTech 2022

Call for Papers

Special Session: Social and Biometric data for Applications in human machine interactions: Models and algorithms (SOBIOAPPS)
In Conjunction with the 7th IEEE Cyber Science and Technology Congress (CyberSciTech 2022)
September 12-15, 2022
Calabria, Italy
http://cyber-science.org/2022/dasc/acceptworkshops/
http://cyber-science.org/2022/assets/files/ws-ss/cst/SOBIOAPPS2022_CFP.pdf
CyberSciTech 2022: http://cyber-science.org/2022/cyberscitech/

Sponsored by
IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society
EMPATHIC: http://www.empathic-project.eu/
MENHIR: http://menhir-project.eu/
SIROBOTICS: https://www.exprivia.it/en/show-info-event-full.php?id_event=7907
ANDROIDS: https://www.psicologia.unicampania.it/android-project

Paper submission deadline: June 1, 2022

The aim of this SPECIAL SESSION is to provide an overview of ideas and methods for developing autonomous systems capable to act as socially and emotionally believable assistive interfaces. To this aim, data gathered from behavioural and social experiments, biometrics measurements, and models of social and individual behaviours are considered as signals to be processed and interpreted through new proposed algorithms and theoretical frameworks. These interdisciplinary facets found relevant applications in ICT interfaces for monitoring the health and affective states of their users, gather their psychological feelings and behavioural patterns, and support them through suitably designed interventions.… read more. “Call: Social and Biometric Data for Applications in Human Machine Interactions: Models and Algorithms (SOBIOAPPS) at CyberSciTech 2022”

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MASA presence: Twitter users respond to delivery robot “lost in the woods”

[This story from Buzzfeed reports on and amusingly captures the variety of medium-as-social-actor presence responses to a Twitter post featuring a picture of a delivery robot on a walking trail in the woods near Northampton, England last Sunday morning. See the original story (and the full Twitter conversation) for more responses. Coverage in Futurism provides context, describing the incident as “a rather adorable reminder of the helplessness of increasingly ubiquitous autonomous machines” and noting that

“This poor little bot is far from the first to run into trouble. Some of been getting stuck on curbs, while another met a fiery demise underneath freight trains. In another domain, robot vacuums have also run astray. One infamous vacuum narrowly escaped a Travelodge hotel in Cambridge, UK, back in January. Another one got so lost that its owner distributed ‘missing’ posters.… read more. “MASA presence: Twitter users respond to delivery robot “lost in the woods””

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Call: HAID 2022 – 11th International Workshop on Haptic and Audio Interaction Design

Call for Papers

HAID 2022 – 11th International Workshop on Haptic & Audio Interaction Design
August 24-25-26, 2022
Queen Mary University of London, UK [and online; see below]
https://haid2022.qmul.ac.uk/

Submission deadlines (final):

  • Papers: 22 May 2022
  • Demos: 26 June 2022
  • Work in Progress: 26 June 2022

Since its conception by Stephen Brewster in 2006, the aim of the HAID workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners who share an interest in finding out how the haptic and audio modalities can be used together in human-computer/machine interaction. The research challenges in the area are best approached through user-centred design, empirical studies, or the development of novel theoretical frameworks. Read here for a brief history of the HAID workshop and community, and perspectives on its exciting future.

HAID 2022 will be held 24-26 August at the Mile End Campus of Queen Mary University of London in the UK, and will be a hybrid event with in-person activities and online streaming sessions.… read more. “Call: HAID 2022 – 11th International Workshop on Haptic and Audio Interaction Design”

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Study identifies uses and gratifications that drive engagement with virtual reality videos

[This short press release from North Carolina State University describes a new study that applied the uses and gratifications approach to understand what leads to consumer engagement with and interest in continued use of 360 degree videos, and they found key roles for realism and enjoyment. Quoting the abstract, the study

“found that five types of gratification, including utilitarian (i.e., navigation), hedonic (i.e., enjoyment), sensual (i.e., realism), social (i.e., community), and symbolic (i.e., coolness), significantly motivated users to use such immersive videos. Simultaneously, data demonstrated that these five types of gratification could influence users’ cognitive engagement with virtual content. In addition, such VR engagement facilitated users’ positive attitudes toward immersive videos and continued usage of them.”

Follow the link below to read the open-access publication. –Matthew]

[Image: Figure 1, a chart illustrating the conceptual model, from “Shared Virtual Reality Experiences during the COVID-19 Pan-demic: Exploring the Gratifications and Effects of Engagement with Immersive Videos”]

Study Finds Realism a Key Factor in Driving Engagement with Virtual Reality Videos

By Matt Shipman
May 12, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Yang Cheng ycheng20@ncsu.eduread more. “Study identifies uses and gratifications that drive engagement with virtual reality videos”

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Call: 1st Workshop on Human-Robot Interaction for Wellbeing: Socially Adaptive Robots (at RO-MAN 2022)

Call for Papers

HRI4Wellbeing: The 1st Workshop on Human-Robot Interaction for Wellbeing: Socially Adaptive Robots
Co-located with RO-MAN22
September 2, 2022
Hybrid format, join our workshop: In-person: Royal Continental Hotel, Via Partenope, 38, 80121 Napoli NA, Italy Naples, Italy or Remotely: TBD
Workshop: https://hri4wellbeing.github.io/ ; https://easychair.org/cfp/hri4wellbeing
IEEE RO-MAN 2022: http://www.smile.unina.it/ro-man2022/

Submission deadline: June 15, 2022

The main topic of our workshop will be socially adaptive robots for wellbeing, which aligns strongly with the RO-MAN 2022 theme in making robots adaptive and emotional to be socially accepted in different contexts (i.e., clinical and not clinical) – “robots capable of being welcomed as our assistants and companions in society while, at the same time, not being perceived as ‘asocial’ or ‘antisocial.’”

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from the fields of Social Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Affective Computing, Wellbeing, Design, Adaptive Machine Learning, Ethics, Social Sciences, etc.… read more. “Call: 1st Workshop on Human-Robot Interaction for Wellbeing: Socially Adaptive Robots (at RO-MAN 2022)”

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ControllerPose tracks your legs and lets you see them in VR, enhancing presence

[A team from Carnegie Mellon University has developed a clever way to enhance presence by using cameras in hand controllers to add full body tracking and thereby allow the user to see their own legs in the virtual environment. This CNN story provides details (and a six minute video report about “How virtual reality is gamifying fitness”; a February 2022 ISPR Presence News post of a CNN story by the same author provides context; and for more information and a demo-filled 2:34 minute video (also available via YouTube), see the project’s web page (there’s also a video presentation from CHI 2022 on YouTube). –Matthew]

These researchers came up with a solution for one of VR’s biggest issues: tracking your legs

By Rachel Metz, CNN Business
May 12, 2022

If you’re a newcomer to virtual reality, you’ll notice something odd about your appearance: Depending on the app, you may look down to see you’re represented by an avatar that’s just a floating torso or nothing but a pair of hands.… read more. “ControllerPose tracks your legs and lets you see them in VR, enhancing presence”

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Call: Workshop on Augmenting Usability Evaluation at Humans and Computers 2022

Call for Papers

Workshop on Augmenting Usability Evaluation
In conjunction with the Mensch&Computer [Humans and Computers] 2022 conference
Darmstadt, Germany
Workshop: https://www.hs-heilbronn.de/de/unitylab-mensch-computer-conference
Conference: https://muc2022.mensch-und-computer.de/en/

Important Dates:

  • June 15, 2022 – Deadline for workshop submission
  • July 13, 2022 – Notification of Acceptance
  • July 27, 2022 – Deadline for the camera-ready paper
  • September 07, 2022 – Workshop Day (in the morning)

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of the workshop is to collect, share and discuss novel approaches that support and augment the (semi-)automatic evaluation of (complex) interactive applications focusing on the user interface.

CONTEXT:

There exist many guidelines, norms, and standards on how usability can be evaluated (ISO 9241, W3C WCAG, VDI/VDE 3850, …). However, the evaluation itself is still to be executed by humans. This can be a tedious, erroneous, lengthy and expensive task. Furthermore, the results can vary depending on the executing expert.… read more. “Call: Workshop on Augmenting Usability Evaluation at Humans and Computers 2022”

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Inspiring presence: Meeting the grandfather of VR in the metaverse

[This is a wonderful, sweet and wise blog entry from the Ericsson Blog that captures some of the inspiring potential of the presence experiences virtual reality and other technologies can provide. If you visit the original version of the post you can listen to the first author tell the story. –Matthew]

Meeting the grandfather of VR in the metaverse

“With my Oculus headset still warm, I sat and googled him,” says Ericsson’s Zeljka Sotra. “I couldn’t believe it. I just had a virtual experience with Tom Furness, the grandfather of VR technology. In this other space – a space I think much of the world will inhabit soon – it was a defining moment for me and reignited my passion to bring Web3.0 and the metaverse to life!”

By Zeljka Sotra and Tom Furness
May 12, 2022

I remember the day when the Internet went mobile.… read more. “Inspiring presence: Meeting the grandfather of VR in the metaverse”

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Job: Postdoctoral position in trustworthy human-robot interaction at Uppsala University

Call for Applications

Postdoctoral position in trustworthy human-robot interaction
Uppsala Social Robotics Lab
Department of Information Technology
Uppsala University
Uppsala, Sweden
https://www.uu.se/en/about-uu/join-us/details/?positionId=505867

Application deadline: May 31, 2022

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The Department of Information Technology has approximately 300 employees and conducts research and education in a spectrum of areas within Computer Science and Information Technology. The research is organized in five Divisions, and the research at the Division of Visual Information and Interaction is a unique combination of expertise in computerized image analysis and human-computer interaction.… read more. “Job: Postdoctoral position in trustworthy human-robot interaction at Uppsala University”

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Immersive VR: Empowering kids to survive in fire, flood, and war

[This story from the University of South Australia describes a new application of virtual reality and presence to help children stay safe during bushfires. See the original story for a two-minute news report from 7NEWS Australia (also available via YouTube) and for more details see the Journal of Educational Computing article. For a very different but related study, see the new Computers & Education article “Unintended consequences of spatial presence on learning in virtual reality“ by our colleagues Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn, Kristine Nowak and Jeremy Bailenson. –Matthew]

Immersive VR: Empowering kids to survive in fire, flood, and war

April 26, 2022

When you live in the driest State in the driest country in the world, bushfires are an unfortunate, and all-too-regular part of life. Learning how to survive such emergencies is important for all people, but especially for our youngest citizens.… read more. “Immersive VR: Empowering kids to survive in fire, flood, and war”

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