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Call: SPEAKING BODIES: Embodied Cognition at the Crossroads of Philosophy, Linguistics, Psychology and AI

SPEAKING BODIES
Embodied Cognition at the Crossroads of Philosophy, Linguistics, Psychology and Artificial Intelligence
May 13-15, 2020
Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA
http://embodiedcognition2020.devpsychology.ro/

Deadline for abstract submissions: November 15th, 2019

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Angelo CANGELOSI, University of Manchester, UK: Developmental Robotics for Language Learning, Trust and Theory of Mind
  • Prof. Shaun GALLAGHER, University of Memphis, USA: Throwing stones from a glass house: Mechanistic causality and enactive constitution.
  • Prof. Robert GOLDSTONE, Indiana University, USA: Training Perception and Action to do the Right Thing
  • Prof. John E. JOSEPH, University of Edinburgh, UK: TBA

The assumption that cognition is fundamentally linked to the body and to the environment is recognized more and more as a possible key to understanding the human mind. In order to think or to speak, one must possess not only the capacity to use one’s intelligence, but also the ability to use the body in a certain way.… read more. “Call: SPEAKING BODIES: Embodied Cognition at the Crossroads of Philosophy, Linguistics, Psychology and AI”

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Virtual celebrities: CGI models get agency, expand to new media

[GQ reports on the origins and expansion of virtual models on Instagram to video blogging influencers soon to be powered by artificial intelligence; among the interesting observations is this:

“’I would argue you can establish the same connection with a VTuber that you would with a ‘normal’ YouTuber,’ says João Lopes, an 18-year-old fan. ‘Even the most authentic influencers craft their personality to be more likeable.’ Indeed, the unblinking artificiality of this new wave of virtual celebrities is, it might be argued, more honest than flesh-and-blood celebrities who take care only to present part of their personality on camera. Brud’s website answers the question ‘Is [CGI model] [Lil] Miquela real?’ thus: ‘As real as Rihanna.’”

–Matthew]

Inside the world’s first modelling agency for virtual celebrities

Virtual celebrities are taking over your feeds but does it matter that they are not real?read more. “Virtual celebrities: CGI models get agency, expand to new media”

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Jobs: 3 faculty positions in VR/AR at The University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) invites applications for three open rank (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor) positions, starting in Fall 2020.

Application deadline: November 22, 2019 (search will continue until position is filled or search is closed)

The first position will be appointed in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and/or the Department of Computer Science, aligning with UTSA’s current expertise in immersive technology applications areas. Joint appointments are preferred. For this position, applications must be submitted through a web portal at https://jobs.utsa.edu/postings/13855

The second position will be oriented to XR Human factors/Human Computer Interaction. Possible placements will be considered in the Departments of Psychology, Information Systems and Cyber Security, Electrical and Computer Engineering or Computer Science. Joint appointments are preferred. For this position, applications must be submitted through a web portal at https://jobs.utsa.edu/postings/13903

The third position will be oriented to Education with XR and will be appointed in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching.… read more. “Jobs: 3 faculty positions in VR/AR at The University of Texas at San Antonio”

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Virtual reality is bringing the Barnes’ art to Philly seniors – and vice versa

[This local story from Technical.ly Philly describes a new program that uses presence to bring the virtual and in –person experience of art to more members of the community. See the original story for a second photo and the version in Generocity Philly for more images. –Matthew]

[Image: Inside the Barnes Foundation. Credit: R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia]

Virtual reality is bringing the Barnes’ art to Philly seniors — and vice versa

“It’s a way to go into communities, meet them where they are, invite them into the museum, and then encourage them to come back,” said Ana Gamboa, the museum’s special project coordinator.

By Hannah Chinn / Contributor
October 2, 2019

It’s no secret that Philly has some of the best art museums in the United States: Travelers from all corners of the globe come to visit the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and more every year.… read more. “Virtual reality is bringing the Barnes’ art to Philly seniors – and vice versa”

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Call: Beyond Human: The Aesthetics of Nature and Technology – British Society of Aesthetics Conference

Call for Papers

BEYOND HUMAN: THE AESTHETICS OF NATURE AND TECHNOLOGY
The Sixth British Society of Aesthetics Postgraduate Conference
University of Kent, UK
28-29 February 2020
https://british-aesthetics.org/cfp-beyond-human-the-aesthetics-of-nature-and-technology/

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 November 2019

We are delighted to invite postgraduate students and early-career researchers to submit paper proposals for the 6th Annual British Society of Aesthetics Postgraduate Conference, organised by the Aesthetics Research Centre at the University of Kent on 28-29 February 2020. The aim of this conference is to bring together aesthetic discussions of two core drivers of change in our world: nature and technology. Our relationship with and aesthetic understanding of the world and its objects is changing. Now more than ever, how we think of our environment and our place within it is being shaped by both rapid developments in technology and our increasing awareness of the precarity of the natural world.… read more. “Call: Beyond Human: The Aesthetics of Nature and Technology – British Society of Aesthetics Conference”

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How 5G and presence will reinvent “working from home”

[They don’t use the term, but the authors of this story from Quartz predict that 5G networks will enable more compelling and effective presence illusions that will transform the workplace in 7 mostly positive ways. A story in Inc. adds 5 more predictions. –Matthew]

–Matthew]

How 5G will reinvent “working from home”

By Omar Abbosh & Paul Nunes
September 16, 2019

It’s 10:00 am. Do you know where your employee is? No doubt they are working—somewhere.

Thanks to greatly improved internet connectivity and workforce applications, employees in an increasing number of professions can work just about anywhere they want—in their home, at a coffee shop, on a plane. And chances are they’re more productive and more engaged than they would be if they were in the office. They may even be planning to stay in their job longer because of their flexible work location.… read more. “How 5G and presence will reinvent “working from home””

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Job: UCL Research Fellow: Human factors and innovative technologies for surgical interventions

Research Fellow: Human Factors and innovative technologies for surgical interventions
University College London, Wellcome / EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS)
https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?owner=5041178&ownertype=fair&jcode=1828833

Starting Salary (Grade 7 up to spine point 33), ie. £35,965 – £40,062 inclusive of London Allowance

Application deadline: 8 November 2019

MAIN PURPOSE

Novel imaging technologies combined with advances in Artificial Intelligence and robotics are creating new possibilities for surgical interventions that exploit near-real-time imaging and imaging-informed information sources and new kinds of surgical tools that change the roles of the surgical team. Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in the Wellcome / EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS) to investigate clinical needs and practices, including how new tools change the ways that the clinical team comprehend their task, how teams engage with innovative technologies, and how new technologies fit within and transform work.… read more. “Job: UCL Research Fellow: Human factors and innovative technologies for surgical interventions”

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New wearable skin lets you touch things in VR and be touched, too

[Tom’s Guide has this short report on a new artificial skin technology that could significantly enhance presence experiences in the future. The original story includes a 0:32 minute video, and coverage in Digital Trends adds this: “The artificial skin is stretchable as well as flexible and can be stretched up to four times its original length. That means it should be able to withstand the rigors of daily movements, so it could be developed into a tool for patients who have lost their sense of touch. It could also be used to create highly immersive VR experiences.” –Matthew]

[Image: Credit: EPFL]

New wearable skin lets you touch things in VR and be touched, too

Feels natural without electronic vibrations

By Jesus Diaz
October 1, 2019

Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne have invented an ultra-thin second skin that can deform and adapt to your moving body.… read more. “New wearable skin lets you touch things in VR and be touched, too”

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Call: iLRN 2020 – 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PROPOSALS

iLRN 2020: 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network
June 21–25, 2020
San Luis Obispo, California, USA

Technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Education Society, with proceedings to be submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore®

Conference theme: “Vision 20/20: Hindsight, Insight, and Foresight in XR and Immersive Learning”

Conference website: http://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2020
Full CFP available at: http://bit.ly/2ki4gzb (PDF), http://bit.ly/2lUcpdG (HTML)

Main submission deadline: January 6, 2020

The Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) is a burgeoning global network of researchers and practitioners collaborating to develop the scientific, technical, and applied potential of immersive learning. Its annual conference is the premier scholarly event focusing on advances in the use of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and other extended reality (XR) technologies to support learners and learning. Leading scholars and professionals operating in formal education settings as well as those representing diverse industry sectors will converge on the historic and picturesque coastal city of San Luis Obispo, California for iLRN 2020, where they will share their research findings, experiences, and insights; network and establish partnerships to envision and shape the future of XR and immersive technologies for learning; and contribute to the emerging scholarly knowledge base on how these technologies can be used to create experiences that educate, engage, and excite learners.… read more. “Call: iLRN 2020 – 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network”

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Meet the doctor who’s livestreaming human autopsies

[Although disturbing, this story from Futurism is about an interesting application of presence. –Matthew]

Meet the Doctor Who’s Livestreaming Human Autopsies

This doctor had an oddball idea: Start broadcasting human autopsies on facebook live.

By Dan Robitzski
September 25 2019

A bloody online video shows a doctor slicing into a human cadaver’s scalp, peeling back the skin, cutting open the skull with a brutally whining saw, and removing its brain. He holds the brain up for the camera to see, all the while explaining the process to a live online audience.

The cadaver’s face was covered by a towel, so by the end of the stream all the audience could see was a closeup of the inside of a skull that was so empty it no longer seemed like part of a human. The Twitch-style comments section was teeming with viewers sharing thoughts and questions.… read more. “Meet the doctor who’s livestreaming human autopsies”

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