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Call: Future Technologies Conference 2020

Call for Papers

FTC 2020 – Future Technologies Conference 2020
5-6 November 2020
Vancouver, Canada
https://saiconference.com/FTC2020/CallforPapers

Submissions due: 01 May 2020

The Future Technologies Conference presents the best of current systems research and practice, emphasizing innovation and quantified experience. FTC has emerged as the foremost world-wide gathering of academic researchers, Ph.D. and graduate students, top research think tanks and industry technology developers.

Join us for FTC 2020, the world’s pre-eminent forum for reporting technological breakthroughs in the areas of Computing, Electronics, AI, Robotics, Security and Communications.

Previous conferences successfully brought together technology geniuses in one venue to not only present breakthrough research in future technologies but to also promote practicality and applications and an intra- and inter-field exchange of ideas.

Authors are kindly invited to submit their papers/ posters/ demo proposals as per the schedule below.… read more. “Call: Future Technologies Conference 2020”

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QuarantineChat is here to help us survive social distancing

[The Coronavirus pandemic is leading to innovative uses of technology to increase social connection, including the one described in this story from Mashable (the original version includes other pictures). See stories in The New Yorker and The Guardian for more information about QuarantineChat. –Matthew]

QuarantineChat is here to help us survive social distancing

By Anna Iovine
March 24, 2020

“Are there stoops outside your window?”

A stranger in Los Angeles asked me this over the phone as I peered out of my bedroom window in Brooklyn. We connected through QuarantineChat, which facilitates calls for people who are currently self-isolating.

Now that the coronavirus has reached pandemic level, many countries have instituted lockdowns; those in the United States are heavily encouraged to stay indoors and flatten the curve. With self-isolation causing people to be apart from their loved ones, coupled with the anxiety of the whole situation, it’s easy for loneliness to seep into everyday life.… read more. “QuarantineChat is here to help us survive social distancing”

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Call: Acta Ludologica (journal with focus on digital games)

Call for Submissions

Acta Ludologica
www.actaludologica.com

Dear colleagues,

I would like to announce to you the current Call-for-Papers of the Acta Ludologica’s winter issue.

Acta Ludologica is a double-blind peer-reviewed scientific journal published twice a year (both online and print), recently indexed in the ICI Journals Master List. It focuses on the discourse of games and digital games, including theoretical and empirical studies, research results and their implementation into practice, as well as professional publication reviews and scientific reviews of digital games. Submissions are accepted only in English, no fees for publishing.

Journal issues contain scientific reflections on media and digital competencies, creation, design, marketing, research, development, psychology, sociology, history, and the future associated with games and digital games.

Guidelines for authors and paper template: www.actaludologica.com/guidelines
Deadline for submissions to the winter issue: June 30, 2020

Contact: actaludologica@fmk.sk
Journal’s web: www.actaludologica.com

In case of any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.… read more. “Call: Acta Ludologica (journal with focus on digital games)”

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Virtual reality shows exactly how COVID-19 can damage the lungs

[VR is providing a new way to see what the Coronavirus does to a patient’s lungs, which in addition to helping the medical community could help the public understand the seriousness of the pandemic. See the original version of this story from WJLA in Washington, D.C. for four more images, a 1:47 minute news report and another 0:34 minute video. Surgical Theater has a 1:40 minute video showing the VR rendering on YouTube, which is taken from a 13:02 minute video and podcast available from George Washington University Hospital. –Matthew]

A new perspective: Virtual reality shows exactly how COVID-19 can damage the lungs

By Heather Graf, WJLA
March 23, 2020

WASHINGTON (WJLA) – High-tech imaging is now providing a first-of-its-kind look at the damage COVID-19 can inflict on a patient’s lungs.

Dr. Keith Mortman, the Chief of Thoracic Surgery at George Washington University Hospital, used a CAT scan from an actual coronavirus patient to create the virtual reality rendering.… read more. “Virtual reality shows exactly how COVID-19 can damage the lungs”

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Jobs: 2 Postdoctoral Research Associate positions at University of Georgia

Position 1:
Postdoctoral Research Associate
VPR-Owens Institute for Behavioral Research (OIBR)
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia, USA
https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/146315

Advertised Salary:  $48,960

Anticipated Start Date:  07/01/2020
Posting Date:  03/06/2020
Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

The postdoctoral research associate serves as the data manager for the Virtual Fitness Buddy Ecosystem project. They ensure data is downloaded and stored and trained in pertinent methodologies. They carry out quality assurance measures and prepare data for statistical analyses. They assist with data analysis and manuscript development.… read more. “Jobs: 2 Postdoctoral Research Associate positions at University of Georgia”

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Industry veteran on requirements for successful telepresence in virtual conferences and beyond

[This post in Medium provides an industry veteran’s thoughtful perspective on the requirements for successful telepresence experiences that replace attendance at in-person conferences and in other contexts. See the original version for a different image and follow the links for more information. –Matthew]

[Image: Source: Liv Erickson blog]

Coronavirus Exposes Our Need For True Telepresence

Let’s meet nowhere

Avi Bar-Zeev, Design and Technology Leader (fmr. HoloLens, Apple, Google Earth, Second Life, Disney VR)
March 2, 2020

I’ve been convinced for 30 years that telepresence is the “killer app” for extended reality (XR). Now more than ever, it seems like it could be an important replacement for face-to-face meetings and conferences.

This same idea led to the first HoloLens prototypes and a visually rich TED Talk by my former boss, Microsoft technical fellow Alex Kipman. The first two augmented reality (AR) devices Microsoft has released aren’t yet great for representing “live” holograms of people, mainly due to their narrow fields of view.… read more. “Industry veteran on requirements for successful telepresence in virtual conferences and beyond”

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Call: Digital Identities, Digital Ways of Living: Philosophical Analyses

Call for Papers

Digital Identities, Digital Ways of Living: Philosophical Analyses
Special issue of the journal Phenomenology and Mind
and
San Raffaele School of Philosophy 2020
Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan
October, 12th – 14th 2020

Deadline for submissions: June 10th, 2020

[NOTE: Amid global concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are closely monitoring the situation with respect to our planned School. However, please consider submitting your paper anyway since accepted papers will be published on a special issue of the journal Phenomenology and Mind (expected publication date: July 2021) even in the unlucky case in which the School needs to be postponed or speakers will not be able to attend. In any case, we will update invited speakers and selected contributors as the COVID-19 situation evolves.]

The massive use of digital technologies today and the way they are prominently taking part in several of our everyday activities makes a philosophical reflection on this phenomenon particularly needed.… read more. “Call: Digital Identities, Digital Ways of Living: Philosophical Analyses”

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Virtual graduation ceremonies and campuses evoke presence

[Below are two stories about efforts to use presence-evoking technology to replace the experience of in-person graduation ceremonies (and other aspects of campus life) that have been displaced by the Coronavirus. The first story, about elementary students using Minecraft, is from Parentology; SoraNews24 adds these reactions from “Japanese netizens”:

“The kids are all right.”
“Parents are doing ‘telework’ and kids are doing ‘telegraduation.’”
“I’m so jealous of what awesome things kids have these day.”
“Those who say video games are bad, look at this!”
“This will probably be an even better memory than a regular graduation for them.”

NBC’s Today adds details about the student who started the effort, and all of these stories include more pictures and/or videos. The Parentology story alludes to Purdue University’s earlier plan to add a virtual component to their regular graduation ceremony; more details about that are available from Purdue’s website.… read more. “Virtual graduation ceremonies and campuses evoke presence”

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Call: 12th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2020)

CALL FOR PAPERS

The 12th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2020)
November 14-16, 2020
Golden, Colorado
https://sites.psu.edu/icsr2020/

Submission deadline: June, 1st, 2020

GENERAL INFORMATION

The 12th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2020) brings together researchers and practitioners working on the interaction between humans and intelligent robots and on the integration of robots into the fabric of our society. ICSR 2020 will take place in Golden Colorado on November 14-16, 2020. Accepted papers will be included in ICSR 2020 Proceedings published by Springer LNAI series.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Entertaining Robots’, which is meant to be a play on words signifying that robots can serve as captivating social agents but also suggesting the challenges associated with managing these artifacts. In the near future robots will be entering our social world taking on a wide variety of roles.… read more. “Call: 12th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2020)”

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Virtual choirs connect people during social distancing

[Here are two stories about how singers are creatively using technology to evoke a sense of being together when they have to be physically separated. More about virtual choirs can be found in stories in Kent Online and CNN and a 2:48 minute radio segment from ABC News in Australia. –Matthew]

[Image: The Sofa Singers. Credit: twitter.com/@swissmiss]

[From Positive News]

Online choir spreads joy and togetherness during coronavirus outbreak

When it became impossible to run his real-life choirs as normal this week, vocal leader James Sills launched The Sofa Singers. The virtual group invites people from all over the world to connect through the power of song – from the comfort of their sofas

Words by Lucy Purdy
March 17, 2020

At 7.30pm GMT on Tuesday, a choir met for its first ever rehearsal. Starting tentatively to the sound of a few throats being nervously cleared, its members soon warmed up, grinning at each other while belting out verse after verse, before chatting excitedly afterwards over cups of tea.… read more. “Virtual choirs connect people during social distancing”

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