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Using Mocap in Autism Research

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Tears and Expressions

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Talk on Eye Gazing for Social Robots

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The UCSD Department of Cognitive Science is pleased to announce a talk by

Bilge Mutlu

Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, February 23, 2009 at 12pm
Cognitive Science Building, room 003

“Designing Socially Interactive Systems”

Recent advances in artificial intelligence and speech recognition have enabled a new genre of computer interfaces that promise social and cognitive assistance in our day-to-day lives. Humanlike robots, one family of such interfaces, might someday provide social and informational services such as storytelling, educational assistance, companionship using complex, adaptive real-world interactions. In my research, I harness existing knowledge of human cognitive and communicative mechanisms and generate new knowledge in order to design these systems such that they more effectively yield social and cognitive benefits. In this talk, I will present a theoretically and empirically grounded framework for designing social behavior for interactive systems. This process draws on theories of social cognition and communication and formal qualitative and quantitative observations of human behavior, and produces computational models of social behavior that can be enacted by interactive systems. I will present a series of empirical studies that demonstrate how this framework might be used to design social gaze behaviors for humanlike robots and how participants show social and cognitive improvements particularly, better recall of information, more conversational participation, and stronger rapport and attribution of intentionality led by theoretically based manipulations in the designed gaze behavior. I will also present a vision for future work in this area that provides a framework for interdisciplinary research, drawing on knowledge from and contributing to research in social cognition, human-computer interaction, machine learning, and computational linguistics.

Intenational Conference on Machine Learning and Multimodal Interfaces

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Reminder: proposals are due March 1st, 2009.


Boston MA, USA
2-6 November 2009
Special sessions in main conference: 2-4 November 2009

********* Special Session Proposal Deadline: 1 March 2009 *******

Acceptance Notification: 22 March 2009

The ICMI and MLMI conferences will jointly take place in the Boston
area during November 2-6, 2009. The main aim of ICMI-MLMI 2009 is to
further scientific research within the broad field of multimodal
interaction, methods and systems. The joint conference will focus on
major trends and challenges in this area, and work to identify a
roadmap for future research and commercial success. The main
conference will include a number of sessions. Each special session
should provide an overview of the state-of-the-art, present novel
methodologies, and highlight important research directions in a field
of special interest to ICMI participants. Topics of special sessions
should be focused rather than defined broadly.

Each special session should comprise of 4-5 invited papers. It is
encouraged that the session begins with an overview paper on the topic
being addressed and that the remaining papers follow up with technical
contributions on the topic.

The following information should be included in the proposal:

* Title of the proposed special session
* Names/affiliation of the organizers (including brief bio and
contact info)
* Session abstract (state significance of the topic and the
rationale for the proposed session)
* List of invited presenters (including a tentative title and a
300-words abstract for each paper)

Proposals will be evaluated based on the timeliness of the topic and
relevance to ICMI, the potential impact of the sessions, the quality of
the proposed content, and the standing of the organizers.

Please note that all papers in the proposed session should be reviewed
to ensure that the contributions are of the highest quality. The
organizer(s) of accepted special sessions will arrange the review
process, except that the review of papers submitted by the organizers
themselves will be handled by the special session and program co-chairs.
Once all the papers belonging to a special session are reviewed, the
final acceptance of the session will be based on submitting the whole
package to the program co-chairs.

Important Dates for Special Session Submission:

1 March 2009: Proposal for special sessions due.
22 March 2009: Decision for special session proposal due.
29 May 2009: Submission of special session papers to organizers.
15 July 2009: Acceptance notification.
1 August 2009: Submission of the whole package and final versions of papers

To submit special session proposals (as pdf) or for additional information
regarding the special sessions, please email

Telluride Application Deadline March 1

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Applications Deadline: March 1st, 2009

Sunday June 28th – Saturday July 18th, 2009, Telluride, Colorado

Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Johns Hopkins University
Timothy Horiuchi, University of Maryland, College Park
Tobi Delbruck, Institute for Neuroinformatics, Zurich

2009 Topic Leaders:
Cognitive Systems: Gregor SCHOENER (Ruhr-Universität-Bochum) and
Josh BONGARD (Univ. Vermont)
Robotics/Locomotion/Motor: Javier MOVELLAN (UC San Diego) and
Tony LEWIS (Univ. Arizona)
Vision: Bert SHI (HKUST) and Shih-chii LIU (INI-Zurich)
Audition: Mounya EL HILALI (JHU) and Hynek HERMANSKY (JHU)
Technology/Techniques/Tutorials: Paul HASLER (GA Tech) and Jon
TAPSON (Univ. Capetown)
Neuromorphic VLSI: John HARRIS (Univ. Florida) and John ARTHUR
(Stanford Univ.)
Computational Neuroscience: Terry SEJNOWSKI (Salk Institute)

Workshop Advisory Board:
Andreas Andreou (Johns Hopkins University)
Andre van SCHAIK(University of Sydney)
Avis COHEN (University of Maryland)
Barbara SHINN-CUNNINGHAM (Boston University)
Giacomo INDIVERI (Institute of Neuroinformatics, UNI/ETH Zurich,
Rodney DOUGLAS (Institute of Neuroinformatics, UNI/ETH Zurich,
Shihab SHAMMA (University of Maryland)

We invite applications for a three-week summer workshop that will be
held in Telluride, Colorado from Sunday June 28th – Saturday July 18th,
2009. The application deadline is *Sunday, March 1st* and application
instructions are described at the bottom of this document.

The 2009 Workshop and Summer School on Neuromorphic Engineering is
sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Institute of Neuromorphic
Engineering, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Institute for
Neuroinformatics – University and ETH Zurich, Georgia Institute of
Technology, University of Maryland – College Park, Johns Hopkins
University, Boston University, University of Sydney, and the Salk Institute.

Previous year workshop can be found at: and last
year’s wiki is .


Neuromorphic engineers design and fabricate artificial neural systems
whose organizing principles are based on those of biological nervous
systems. Over the past 12 years, this research community has focused on
the understanding of low-level sensory processing and systems
infrastructure; efforts are now expanding to apply this knowledge and
infrastructure to addressing higher-level problems in perception,
cognition, and learning. Inthis 3-week intensive workshop and through
the Institute for Neuromorphic Engineering (INE), the mission is to
promote interaction between seniorand junior researchers; to educate new
members of the community; to introduce new enabling fields and
applications to the community; to promote on-going collaborative
activities emerging from the Workshop, and to promote a self-sustaining
research field.


The three week summer workshop will include background lectures on
systems and cognitive neuroscience (in particular sensory processing,
learning and memory, motor systems and attention), practical tutorials
on analog VLSI design, mobile robots, hands-on projects, and special
interest groups. Participants are required to take part and possibly
complete at leastone of the projects proposed. They are furthermore
encouraged to become involved in as many of the other activities
proposed as interest and timeallow. There will be two lectures in the
morning that cover issues that are important to the community in
general. Because of the diverse range of backgrounds among the
participants, some of these lectures will be tutorials, rather than
detailed reports of current research. These lectures will be given by
invited speakers. Projects and interest groups meet in the late
afternoons, and after dinner. In the early afternoon there will be
tutorials on a wide spectrum of topics, including analog VLSI, mobile
robotics, auditory systems, central-pattern-generators, selective
attention mechanisms, cognitive systems, etc.


The summer school will take place in the small town of Telluride, 9000
feet high in Southwest Colorado, about 6 hours drive away from Denver
(350 miles). Great Lakes Aviation and America West Express airlines
provide daily flights directly into Telluride. All facilities within the
beautifully renovated public school building are fully accessible to
participants with disabilities. Participants will be housed in ski
condominiums, withinwalking distance of the school. Participants are
expected to share condominiums.

The workshop is intended to be very informal and hands-on. Participants
are not required to have had previous experience in analog VLSI circuit
design, computational or machine vision, systems level neurophysiology
or modeling the brain at the systems level. However, we strongly
encourage active researchers with relevant backgrounds from academia,
industry and national laboratories to apply, in particular if they are
prepared to work on specific projects, talk about their own work or
bring demonstrations to Telluride (e.g. robots, chips, software).
Wireless internet access will be provided. Technical staff present
throughout the workshops will assist with software and hardware issues.
We will have a network of PCs running LINUX and Microsoft Windows for
the workshop projects. We encourage participants to bring along their
personal laptop.

No cars are required. Given the small size of the town, we recommend
thatyou do not rent a car. Bring hiking boots, warm clothes, rain gear,
and a backpack, since Telluride is surrounded by beautiful mountains.

Unless otherwise arranged with one of the organizers, we expect
participants to stay for the entire duration of this three week workshop.


Notification of acceptances will be mailed out around mid March 2009.
The Workshop covers all your accommodations and facilities costs. You
areresponsible for your own travel to the Workshop. For expenses not
covered by federal funds, a Workshop registration fee is required. The
fee is $550 per participant, however, due to the difference in travel
cost, we offer a discount to non-US participants. European registration
fees will bereduced to $300; non-US/non-European registration fees will
be reduced to $150. The cost of a shared condominium will be covered for
all academicparticipants but upgrades to a private room will cost extra.
Participants from National Laboratories and Industry are expected to
pay for these condominiums.

—— HOW TO APPLY: ——-

Applicants should be at the level of graduate students or above (i.e.
postdoctoral fellows, faculty, research and engineering staff and the
equivalent positions in industry and national laboratories). We actively
encourage women and minority candidates to apply.

Anyone interested in proposing specific projects should contact the
appropriate topic leaders directly.

The application website is (after January 1st, 2009):

Application will include:

* First name, Last name, Affiliation, valid e-mail address.
* Curriculum Vitae.
* One page summary of background and interests relevant to the workshop,
including possible ideas for workshop projects.
* Two letters of recommendation (uploaded directly by references).

The application deadline is March 1, 2009.
Applicants will be notified by e-mail.

1 January, 2009 – Applications accepted on website
1 March, 2009 – Applications Due
mid-March – Notification of Acceptance


Ralph Etienne-Cummings
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

105 Barton Hall/3400 N. Charles St.
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD 21218
Email: E

Tel: 410 – 516 – 3494
Fax: 410 – 516 – 5566

Enlightened Trial and Error Design Talk at Cog Sci Dpt

Author:movellan @ February 18th, 2009 Leave a Comment

The UCSD Department of Cognitive Science is pleased to announce a talk by

Björn Hartmann

Stanford University

Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 12pm
Cognitive Science Building, room 003

“Enlightened Trial and Error – Gaining Design Insight Through New Prototyping Tools”

“The progress of any creative discipline changes significantly with the quality of the tools available. As the diversity of user interfaces multiplies in the shift away from personal desktop computing, yesterday’s tools and concepts are insufficient to serve the designers of tomorrow’s interfaces. My research in human-computer interaction focuses on the earliest stages in UI creation – activities that take a novel idea and transform it into a concrete, interactive artifact that can be experienced, tested, and compared against other ideas. In this talk I will give an overview of different prototyping tools I have built with collaborators to address two research questions: How can tools enable a wider range of designers to create functional prototypes of ubiquitous computing interfaces? And how can design tools support the larger process of learning from these prototypes?”

Affective Computing Conference. Submission Deadline March 23 2009

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The Third International Conference on Affective Computing and
Intelligent Interaction (ACII 2009)
September 10-12, 2009
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Sponsored by HUMAINE Association and University of Twente
Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE

*** Submission Deadline — March 23, 2009 ****

The conference series on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction is
the premier international forum for state of the art in research on
affective and multimodal human-machine interaction and systems. Every other
year the ACII conference plays an important role in shaping related
scientific, academic, and higher-education programs. This year, we are
especially soliciting papers discussing Enabling Behavioral and
Socially-Aware Human-Machine Interfaces in areas including psychology and
cognition of affective and social behaviour in HCI, affective and social
behaviour analysis and synthesis, affective and social robotics. General
conference topics will include:

* Recognition & Synthesis of Human Affect
(face/ body/ speech/ physiology/ text analysis & synthesis)
* Affective & Behavioural Interfaces
(adaptive/ human-centered/ collaborative/ proactive interfaces)
* Affective & Social Robotics
(robot’s cognition & action, embodied emotion, bio-inspired architectures)
* Affective Agents
(emotion, personality, memory, reasoning, and architectures of ECA)
* Psychology & Cognition of Affect in Affective Computing Systems
(including cultural and ethical issues)
* Affective Databases, Evaluation & Annotation Tools
* Applications
(virtual reality, entertainment, education, smart environments and biometric applications)


Accepted papers will be published by IEEE Xplorer.


Paper submission will be handled electronically. Authors should prepare an
Adobe Acrobat PDF version of their full paper. All submitted papers will be
judged by at least three referees. Papers must be formatted using IEEE
Authors’ Kit ( .


March 23, 2009: Deadline for submission of regular papers.
April 27, 2009: Deadline for submission of extended abstracts for demos.
June 1, 2009: Acceptance notification
July 1, 2009: Final camera-ready papers due in electronic form.

The 2009 conference will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in De Rode
Hoed, a former Remonstrant church built in 1616 and located in the heart of
Amsterdam’s historic district. One of the leading cultural centers of
Europe, with one of the continent’s largest historical inner cities,
Amsterdam has breathtaking architecture, an extensive web of canals and side
streets, and many world-renowned museums and cultural attractions. The city
offers a wide range of accommodation, from luxury hotels to modest hostels,
and is easily accessible from the Amsterdam International Airport.


We are looking forward to receiving your valuable contributions!

Best wishes,

Jeff Cohn, Anton Nijholt, and Maja Pantic
ACII’09 General Chairs


Jianhua Tao and Kostas Karpouzis

Accelerating RUBIOS

Author:movellan @ February 9th, 2009 Leave a Comment

Akshathkumar Shetty, the developer of Quickserver, upon which RUBIOS is built, is going to help us out to accelerate the message passing performance of RUBIOS.

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