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HCI International News, Number 70, March 2015

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ATTENTION | ATTENTION | ATTENTION

The HCI International 2015 will be held from August 2-7 Los Angeles, California, USA,

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HCII 2015: Important Deadlines

  • Regular papers - submission of camera-ready version: 6 March 2015 (extended deadline) – the Guidelines for final, camera-ready paper preparation are available at http://2015.hci.international/submissions
  • Invited papers – process open until: 6 March 2015 (extended deadline)

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HCII 2015: Advance Program

The HCII 2015 Conference Advance Program, including paper presentations, is now available on-line at: http://2015.hci.international/program

 

Twenty-three full- and half-day Tutorials will run from Sunday 2 to Tuesday 4 August 2015: 
http://2015.hci.international/tutorials

For the special offers which are available until Friday, 6 March, please have a look at: http://2015.hci.international/registration

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HCII 2015: Accommodation

A number of rooms have been reserved to be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, while reduced rates have been agreed with The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, which is recommended as the main hotel of the Conference. For more information about accommodation, please visit: http://2015.hci.international/accommodation

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HCII 2015: Exhibition

You are invited to exhibit at the HCI International 2015 exhibition. The HCI International Conference is an ideal opportunity to exhibit your products and services to an international audience of over 2,000 researchers, academics and professionals in the field of HCI. For more information please visit the Conference website:

http://2015.hci.international/exhibition

The following companies/organizations have already signed up to exhibit:

  • Tobii Technology, Inc.
  • Mangold International
  • Eye Tech Digital Systems
  • g.tec Guger Technologies OG
  • Noldus Information Technology
  • CRC Press / Taylor & Francis
  • Springer
  • HCI International Conference
  • ICS-FORTH

Information about the exhibitions of past HCII Conferences, including pictures and exhibitors, is available in HCI International News page at Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/HCI-International-News-and-Conferences/151661138193927

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HCII 2015 Sponsorship

Sponsorship in the context of HCI International 2015 is a great opportunity to expose your organization to an international audience of about 2,000 researchers and professionals in the field of HCI.

Sponsorship is not limited to financial support, and thus can also take the form of material and service provision. If you are interested in contributing to this international event as a sponsor or simply wish to receive more information, please contact: sponsorship@hcii2015.org

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Should We Fear Artificial Intelligence?

Science-Fiction movies often depict human made machines or robots destroying their creators, invading planets, and bringing an end to humanity. A few examples from a long list include I, Robot (2004), Artificial Intelligence (2001), Terminator (1984) and The Matrix (1999). Even the brilliant Stephen Hawking warns us that in fact “artificial intelligence could end mankind” (1). In light of the prevalence of this discussion, the question rises of how it may be a topic deserving of more attention within the HCI community. After all we are investigating ‘Human-Computer Interaction’. Should we not open a discussion on this topic as one deserving of research and conferences?

Professor Hawking’s main fear is that a new machine might be able to redesign and reinvent itself since it is not dependent on biological evolution. Hawking himself has for a longtime used an A.I. machine to communicate, giving him the experience to perhaps support his warning.

Elon Musk [2], the product architect of Tesla, has invested $10 million to try and keep A.I. friendly—or under control. He also shares a fear of A.I. When Bill Gates [3] was asked about his own thoughts, he said that he stands “in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well.”

On the other side, there are some scientific and industrialist minds that consider the risk exaggerated [4]. However, given the prevalence of the discussion regarding artificial intelligence, do you think there should be a larger focus on the matter within the HCI community?

A.M.

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[1]“Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could end mankind,” BBC, 2 December 2014.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30290540

[2]Why Elon Musk Spent $10 Million To Keep Artificial Intelligence Friendly,” Forbes, 15 January 2015.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2015/01/15/elon-musk-puts-down-10-million-to-fight-skynet/

[3]“Bill Gates Says You Should Worry About Artificial Intelligence, Forbes, 1 January, 2015.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2015/01/28/bill-gates-also-worries-artificial-intelligence-is-a-threat/

[4]“Scientists say AI fears unfounded, could hinder tech advances,” Computerworld, Jan 29, 2015.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2877617/scientists-say-ai-fears-unfounded-could-hinder-tech-advances.html

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Recent News and Articles

“What Clever Robots Mean for Jobs,” Wall Street journal, Feb 24, 2015

http://www.wsj.com/articles/what-clever-robots-mean-for-jobs-1424835002

“Scientists say AI fears unfounded, could hinder tech advances,” Computerworld, Jan 29, 2015.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2877617/scientists-say-ai-fears-unfounded-could-hinder-tech-advances.html

“Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could end mankind,” BBC, 2 December 2014.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30290540

Why Elon Musk Spent $10 Million To Keep Artificial Intelligence Friendly,” Forbes, 15 January 2015.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2015/01/15/elon-musk-puts-down-10-million-to-fight-skynet/

“Bill Gates Says You Should Worry About Artificial Intelligence, Forbes, 28 January, 2015.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2015/01/28/bill-gates-also-worries-artificial-intelligence-is-a-threat/

“Verizon's Mobile 'Supercookies' Seen as Threat to Privacy,”  The New York Times Jan 25, 2015.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/technology/verizons-mobile-supercookies-seen-as-threat-to-privacy.html?_r=0

“Atlas Unplugged: DARPA Challenge Robot Gets Major Makeover,” Computerworld Jan. 22, 2015.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2873656/atlas-unplugged-darpa-challenge-robot-gets-major-makeover.html

“What Advanced Tech Will Dominate Your Car by 2025? IBM Knows,” Network World, Jan 15, 2015.

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2870956/security0/what-advanced-tech-will-dominate-your-car-by-2025-ibm-knows.html

“Keeping Better Tabs on Suspicious Persons,” The New York Times Jan. 13, 2015.

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/01/12/when-known-jihadists-come-home/keeping-better-tabs-on-suspicious-persons

“Obama Calls for New Laws to Bolster Cybersecurity,” The New York Times, Jan. 13, 2015.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/14/us/obama-to-announce-new-cyberattack-protections.html

“Why Software 'Containers' Won't Be Bad News for Programmers,” The New York Times, Jan. 13, 2015.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/13/why-software-containers-wont-be-bad-news-for-programmers/

“Docker, a Software Start-Up, Sees a Future in Containers of Code,” The New York Times, Jan. 12, 2015.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/13/business/a-small-software-company-sees-a-future-in-containers-of-code.html?hpw&rref=technology&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=0

“Death by Robot,” The New York Times Magazine Jan. 9. 2015.  

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/magazine/death-by-robot.html?_r=0

“We Know How You Feel,” The New Yorker, Jan 19. 2015.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/01/19/know-feel

“Scientists and Investors Warn on AI,” Financial Times, Jan 12, 2015.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/3d2c2f12-99e9-11e4-93c1-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3TE5F61m4

“CES 2015 Intel tech brings us closer to the world of 'Minority Report',” cnet.com,

http://www.cnet.com/news/intel-tech-brings-us-closer-to-the-world-of-minority-report/

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Upcoming Conferences and Events

***** March 2015 *****

2-5 March 2015: HRI '15 — ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Portland, OR, United States

 http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2015/

9-11 March, 2015: AH'15 — The 6th International Conference of Augmented Human, Singapore, Singapore

 http://www.augmented-human.com/augmented-human-international-conference-2015

29 March- 1 April, 2015:  11.IUI'15 — IUI'15 20th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, Atlanta, GA, United States.

http://iui.acm.org/2015/

 ***** April 2015 *****

8-9 April 2015: 8th International Conference on Computer Science and Human Computer Interaction (ICCSHCI) Munich, Germany.

http://www.ols-society.com/iccshci_2015/index.php

8-9 April 2015: 12.VRIC '15 — Virtual Reality International Conference – Laval, France.

http://www.laval-virtual.org/

8-10 April 2015: CHI UX Indonesia'15 — Connect, Bandung, Indonesia.

http://chiuxindo.uxindo.com/chi-ux-indonesia-2015/

14-16 April 2015:  ICCPS — 2015 ACM/IEEE 6th International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems, Seattle, WA, United States

http://iccps.acm.org/2015/

18-19 April 2015:  ChineseCHI '15 — International Symposium of Chinese CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing System, Seoul, South Korea

http://chchi2015.icachi.org/

18-23 April 2015: CHI'15 — CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Seoul, South Korea.

http://chi2015.acm.org/

22-24 April 2015: SCCG — Spring conference on Computer Graphics, Smolenice, Slovakia.

http://sccg.sk/

25 April 2015:  ProfsoUX 2015 — The #1 conference for User Experience professionals in Russia ProfsoUX, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

http://2015.profsoux.ru/eng/

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Announcements

INTERSPEECH conference, 6 - 10 Sep. 2015, Dresden, Germany

06 Mar 2015 paper: virtual paper presentation deadline
http://interspeech2015.org/

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“Handbook of Research on Human-Computer Interfaces, Developments, and Applications”

The objective of this book is to bring together a comprehensive collection of research trends on Human-Computer Interaction from a set of international experts on research, design, evaluation, implementation and use of innovative technologies on the field. The main contribution of the book will be integration and crosswise in a single book areas and related sub-areas of three main topics: gesture interaction, augmented reality and assistive technologies. More information: http://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/1686

March 15, 2015: Proposal Submission Deadline

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Call for Papers: Big Data Analytics, Special issue of the Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research, Guest Editors: Jouni Markkula, Marikka Heikkilä, Christopher Westland, Zhangxi Lin, Jukka Heikkilä

More information: http://www.jtaer.com

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The Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) 2015 Conference Series, place in Boston [May 6-7], Silicon Valley [July 20-22], and Minneapolis [November 4-5].

http://www.embeddedconf.com/

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The First International Conference on Smart Portable, Wearable, Implantable and Disability-oriented Devices and Systems SPWID 2015, June 21 - 26, 2015 - Brussels, Belgium

http://www.iaria.org/conferences2015/SPWID15.html

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Interactive System + Design, Human Factors Short Course, July 27 - Aug 1 & Aug 3 – 7, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

http://isd.engin.umich.edu/professional-programs/human-factors-engineering/index.htm

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