Jul 7, 2011

I want to travel around the globe and attend all of the cool conferences about innovative interactive technologies. Any sponsors? (Yes, I'm day-dreaming)

Here are a few I missed:

NIME 2011 OSLO: The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression - NIME is an outgrowth of a workshop held at CHI 2001 (Human Factors in Computing Systems).
"The NIME conference draws a varied group of participants, including researchers (musicology, computer science, interaction design, etc.), artists (musicians, composers, dancers, etc.) and developers (self-employed and industrial). The common denominator is the mutual interest in groundbreaking technology and music, and contributions to the conference cover everything from basic research on human cognition through experimental technological devices to multimedia performances." Just take a look at all of the presentations that were at NIME 2011!  NIME 2011 Program (pdf)

Touch the Web 2011: 2nd International Workshop on Web-Enabled Objects June 20-24, 2011, Paphos, Cyprus (in conjunction with the International Conference on Web Engineering ICWE)
"The vision of the Internet of Things builds upon the use of embedded systems to control devices, tools and appliances. With the addition of novel communications capabilities and identification means such as RFID, systems can now gather information from other sensors, devices and computers on the network, or enable user-oriented customization and operations through short-range communication. When the information gathered by different sensors is shared by means of open Web standards, new services can be defined on top of physical elements. In addition, the new generation of mobile phones enables a true mobile Internet experience. These phones are today’s ubiquitous information access tool, and the physical token of our "Digital Me“. These meshes of things and “Digital Me” will become the basis upon which future smart living, working and production places will be created, delivering services directly where they are needed."

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Ubicomp 2011, September 17-21, 2011, Beijing, China
"Ubicomp is the premier outlet for novel research contributions that advance the state of the art in the design, development, deployment, evaluation and understanding of ubiquitous computing systems. Ubicomp is an interdisciplinary field of research and development that utilizes and integrates pervasive, wireless, embedded, wearable and/or mobile technologies to bridge the gaps between the digital and physical worlds. The Ubicomp 2011 program features keynotes, technical paper sessions, specialized workshops, live demonstrations, posters, video presentations, panels, industrial exhibition and a Doctoral Colloquium."

"Given its multi-disciplinary nature, Ubicomp has developed a broad base of audience over the past 12 years. Key audience communities are: Human Computer Interaction, Pervasive Computing, Distributed and Mobile Computing, Real World Modeling, Sensors and Devices, Middleware and Systems research, Programming Models and Tools, and Human Centric Validation and Experience Characterization. More detailed information about the topical focus of Ubicomp can be found in the Call for Papers."

Eurodisplay 2011: XXXI International Display Research Conference, September 19-22, Bordeaux-Arcacho, France
Eurodisplay 2011 in Bordeaux/Arcachon provides researchers, engineers, and technical managers a unique opportunity to present their results and update their knowledge in all display-related research fields...The two keynote addresses on the first day of the Eurodisplay 2011 Symposium on September 20th will be a unique chance to hear a global overview on the future of the display market (Samsung LCD) and on display applications in the automotive industry (Daimler AG)

Eurodisplay ’11 in Bordeaux-Arcachon will be the right spot to learn more about the last results on display research and related fields such as organic electronics. The cognitic science will give a new vision on the impact of display in our day to day life, not only from a perception but from the Information standpoint since SID deals with “Information Display” and not only technologies.The two invited talk of Pr. Bernard Claverie and Dr. Lauren Palmateer will focus on this aspect......A dedicated business oriented session will address two important aspect of our business from display company creation by Thierry Leroux to end user trends analysis for TV market by Dr. Jae Shin. This conference will provide a global vision of our Display World including not only the well-known display leaders but also the very actives BRIC countries......Dr. V. Pellegrini Mammana will give a vivid illustration of this display industry dynamic in Brazil."

UIST Symposium, October 16-19, 2011, Santa Barbara, California
"UIST (ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology) is the premier forum for innovations in the software and technology of human-computer interfaces. Sponsored by ACM's special interest groups on computer-human interaction (SIGCHI) and computer graphics (SIGGRAPH), UIST brings together researchers and practitioners from diverse areas that include traditional graphical & web user interfaces, tangible & ubiquitous computing, virtual & augmented reality, multimedia, new input & output devices, and CSCW. The intimate size, single track, and comfortable surroundings make this symposium an ideal opportunity to exchange research results and implementation experiences."

VisWeek 2011: Viz, Infovis, VAST October 23-28, Providence, RI
"Computer-based information visualization centers around helping people explore or explain data through interactive software that exploits the capabilities of the human perceptual system. A key challenge in information visualization is designing a cognitively useful spatial mapping of a dataset that is not inherently spatial and accompanying the mapping by interaction techniques that allow people to intuitively explore the dataset. Information visualization draws on the intellectual history of several traditions, including computer graphics, human-computer interaction, cognitive psychology, semiotics, graphic design, statistical graphics, cartography, and art. The synthesis of relevant ideas from these fields with new methodologies and techniques made possible by interactive computation are critical for helping people keep pace with the torrents of data confronting them."

6th Annual ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2011 ITS 2011
November 13-16, 2011 Portopia Hotel, Kobe, Japan
"The Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2011 Conference (ITS) is a premiere venue for presenting research in the design and use of new and emerging tabletop and interactive surface technologies. As a new community, we embrace the growth of the discipline in a wide variety of areas, including innovations in ITS hardware, software, design, and projects expanding our understanding of design considerations of ITS technologies and of their applications."

AFFINE: 4th International Workshop on Affective Interaction in Natural Environments (ICMI 2011)  November 17, 2011, Alicante, Spain (CFP deadline is August 19, 2011)
Scope: "Computer gaming has been acknowledged as one of the computing disciplines which proposes new interaction paradigms to be replicated by software engineers and developers in other fields. The abundance of high-performance, yet lightweight and mobile devices and wireless controllers has revolutionized gaming, especially when taking into account the individual affective expressivity of each player and the possibility to exploit social networking infrastructure. As a result, new gaming experiences are now possible, maximizing users’ skill level, while also maintaining their interest to the challenges in the same, resulting in a state which psychologists call flow: “a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand and the situation”. The result of this amalgamation of gaming, affective and social computing has brought increased interest in the field in terms of interdisciplinary research........Natural interaction plays an important role in this process, since it gives game players the opportunity to leave behind traditional interaction paradigms, based on keyboards and mice, and control games using the same concepts they employ in everyday human-human interaction: hand gestures, facial expressions and head nods, body stance and speech. These means of interaction are now easy to capture, thanks to low-cost visual, audio and physiological signal sensors, while models from psychology, theory of mind and ergonomics can be put to use to map features from those modalities to higher-level concepts, such as desires, intentions and goals. In addition to that, non-verbal cues such as eye gaze and facial expressions can serve as valuable indicators of player satisfaction and help game designers provide the optimal experience for players: games which are not frustratingly hard, but still challenging and not boring.........Another aspect which makes computer gaming an important field for multimodal interaction is the new breed of multimodal data it can generate: besides videos of people playing games in front of computer screens or consoles, which include facial, body and speech expressivity, researchers in the field of affective computing and multimodal interaction may benefit from mapping events in those videos (e.g. facial signs of frustration) to specific events in the game (large number of enemies or obstacles close to the player) and infer additional user states such as engagement and immersion. Individual and prototypical user models can be built based on that information, helping produce affective and immersive experiences which maintain the concept of ‘flow’. This workshop will cover real-time and off-line computational techniques for the recognition and interpretation of multimodal verbal and non-verbal activity and behaviour, modelling and evolution of player and interaction contexts, and synthesis of believable behaviour and task objectives for non-player characters in games and human-robot interaction.The workshop also welcomes studies that provide new insights into the use of gaming to capture multimodal, affective databases, low-cost sensors to capture user expressivity beyond the visual and speech modalities and concepts from collective intelligence and group modelling to support multi-party interaction."

Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2012) Lisbon, Portugal, February 14-17 (pdf) (CFP Submission Deadline is October 21, 2011)
"Major Topics of Interest to IUI include: Intelligent interactive interfaces, systems, and devices, Ubiquitous interfaces, Smart environments and tools, Human-centered interfaces, Mobile
interfaces, Multimodal interfaces, Pen-based interfaces, Spoken and natural language interfaces, Conversational interfaces, Affective and social interfaces, Tangible interfaces, Collaborative multiuser interfaces, Adaptive interfaces, Sensor-based interfaces, User modeling and interaction with novel interfaces and devices, Interfaces for personalization and recommender systems, Interfaces for plan-based systems, Interfaces that incorporate knowledge- or agent-based approaches, Help interfaces for complex tasks, Example- and demonstration-based interfaces, Interfaces for intelligent generation and presentation of information, Intelligent authoring systems, Synthesis of multimodal virtual characters and social robots, Interfaces for games and entertainment, learning based interactions, health informatics, Empirical studies and evaluations of IUI interfaces, New approaches to designing Intelligent User Interfaces, and related areas"

IXDA: Interaction 12, Dublin, Ireland, February 1-4, 2012
"Interaction|12 is an ideal venue to showcase the most inspiring and original stories in interaction design. We have a world of creative talent to tap into, so our conference roster will fill up fast. We’re on the lookout for thoughtful, original proposals that will inspire our community of interaction designers from all over the world. Do you have an uncommon or enlightening design story, valuable lessons learned from hands-on experience and want to be a part of the programme at Interaction|12? You do? Great!"

More to come!

BTW, I'd like to go to a few Urban Screens or Media Facades festivals:

Media Facades Festival Europe 2010 from MediaFacades on Vimeo

Of course, I'd like to go to educational technology, school psychology, and special education conferences...

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