Monday, 16 January 2017

Sample of the Month

Wool felt is a naturally durable material. It can be used to absorb sound and is also fire retardant, and air cleansing. It can be strengthened when combined with other materials such as leather or cork and can be used on walls, floors, seating, cushions, surfaces and clothing.

This sample can be found in the Samples Library housed in our Materials Room in the Basement of the Library.

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The 16th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality: Call for papers

======  Call for Participation ==================================
The 16th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality
9 - 13 October 2017, Nantes, France

ISMAR 2017, the premier conference for Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR), will be held in beautiful Nantes, France. 

ISMAR is responding to the recent explosion of commercial and research activities related to AR and MR by continuing the expansion of its scope over the past several years. ISMAR 2017 will cover the full range of technologies encompassed by the MR continuum, from interfaces in the real world to fully immersive experiences. This range goes far beyond the traditional definition of AR, which focused on precise 3D tracking, visual display, and real-time performance. 

We specifically invite contributions from areas such as Computer Graphics, Human-Computer Interaction, Psychology, Computer Vision, Optics, and in particular VR, and how these areas contribute to advancing AR / MR technology.

This year, we continue to have an open call for selecting Program Committee members, in the hope that this further increases transparency and widens scope.

====== Important Deadlines ======
- Submission: 15 March 2017 (all deadlines: 23:59 AoE)
- Final notification: 8 June 2017
- Camera-ready version: 10 July 2017

======  Submission Details ======
There is only one paper submission category, from 4 to 10 pages (excluding references).  Papers ready for journal publication will be directly published in a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG).  Other accepted papers will be published in the ISMAR proceedings.  Paper quality versus length will be assessed according to a contribution-per-page judgment.

- All accepted papers will be orally presented at the ISMAR conference. 
- All accepted papers will have the opportunity to be presented as a demo.  
- All accepted papers will have the opportunity to be presented as a poster.
- All accepted papers will be archived in the IEEE Xplore digital library.

Detailed submission and review guidelines will be posted on the conference webpage ( Poster submissions will be accepted as usual with a submission date to be announced later.

===== Topics of Interest =====
All topics relevant to AR and MR are of interest. These include, but are not limited to:

=== Information Presentation === 
- Mediated and diminished reality
- Multisensory rendering, registration, and synchronization
- Photorealistic and non-photorealistic rendering
- Real-time and non-real-time interactive rendering
- Visual, aural, haptic, and olfactory augmentation

=== Input === 
- Acquisition of 3D video and scene descriptions
- Calibration and registration (of sensing systems)
- Location sensing technologies (of any kind, including non-real-time)
- Projector-camera systems
- Sensor fusion
- Smart spaces
- Touch, tangible and gesture interfaces
- Video processing and streaming
- Visual mapping
- Wearable sensors, ambient-device interaction 

=== Output === 
- Display hardware, including 3D, stereoscopic, and multi-user
- Live video stream augmentation (e.g., in robotics and broadcast)
- Wearable actuators and augmented humans
- Wearable and situated displays (e.g., eyewear, smart watches, pico-projectors)

=== User Experience Design === 
- Collaborative interfaces
- Technology acceptance and social implications
- Therapy and rehabilitation
- Usability studies and experiments
- Virtual analytics and entertainment
- VR simulations of AR/MR

== Human Performance and Perception ==
- Interaction techniques
- Learning and training
- Multimodal input and output
- Perception of virtual objects

=== System Architecture === 
- Content creation and management
- Distributed and collaborative architectures
- Online services
- Real-time performance issues 
- Scene description and management issues
- Wearable and mobile computing

=== Applications === 
- Architecture
- Art, cultural heritage, education and training
- Automotive and aerospace
- Entertainment, broadcast
- Industrial, military, emergency response
- Health, wellbeing, and medical
- Personal information systems
- Visual effects / video processing

Wolfgang Broll, Holger Regenbrecht, J. Edward Swan II

ISMAR 2017 Science & Technology Program Co-Chairs

The next step in nanotechnology

Every year the silicon computer chip shrinks in size by half and doubles in power, enabling our devices to become more mobile and accessible. But what happens when our chips can't get any smaller? George Tulevski researches the unseen and untapped world of nanomaterials. His current work: developing chemical processes to compel billions of carbon nanotubes to assemble themselves into the patterns needed to build circuits, much the same way natural organisms build intricate, diverse and elegant structures. Could they hold the secret to the next generation of computing?

Dan Bricklin: Meet the inventor of the electronic spreadsheet

Dan Bricklin changed the world forever when he codeveloped VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet and grandfather of programs you probably use every day like Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. Join the software engineer and computing legend as he explores the tangled web of first jobs, daydreams and homework problems that led to his transformational invention.

Friday, 13 January 2017

28th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media 2017: Call for papers

[CfP] 28th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media 2017 (HT2017) - Second Call for Papers

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28th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media 2017 (HT2017)

July 4 - 7, 2017, Prague, Czech Republic


The ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (HT) ( is a premium venue for high quality peer-reviewed research on theory, systems and applications for hypertext and social media. It is concerned with all aspects of modern hypertext research, including social media, adaptation, personalization, recommendations, user modeling, linked data and semantic web, dynamic and computed hypertext, and its application in digital humanities, as well as with interplay between those aspects such as linking stories with data or linking people with resources.

HT2017 will focus on the role of links, linking, hypertext and hyperlink theory on the web and beyond, as a foundation for approaches and practices in the wider community. Therefore, HT2017 has the following tracks:
* Social Networks and Digital Humanities (Linking people)
* Semantic Web and Linked Data (Linking data)
* Adaptive Hypertext and Recommendations (Linking resources)
* News and Storytelling (Linking stories)
* Demonstrations

Submission Instructions

Main Proceedings

Papers must report new results substantiated by experimentation, simulation, analysis, or application. Authors are invited to submit papers presenting original, not previously published works.

Submission categories include:

* Regular research papers (max 10 pages including references) discussing mature research results.
* Demo papers (max 2 pages including references) presenting ongoing and preliminary results, system prototypes or industry showcases.

All submissions should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG proceedings template and submitted in PDF format via EasyChair ( The review process will not be blind, therefore it is not necessary for submissions to be anonymized. Please be sure to submit keywords via EasyChair.

Accepted papers will appear in the Hypertext 2017 Conference Proceedings that will be published by ACM and additionally be made available through the ACM Digital Library. Acceptance of the papers will be either as full (regular) or short papers with the corresponding presentation slots. In addition, all authors of accepted papers are invited to prepare a poster that they can present together with accepted demos at Poster and Demos reception.

Demo submissions will be reviewed by experienced and knowledgeable researchers and practitioners; each submission will receive a detailed feedback. It would be beneficial to include links enabling the reviewers testing the application or reviewing the component. Accepted demos will have a space to demonstrate the system to conference attendees during the poster and demo session.
Please indicate the category of your submission (regular or demo) and provide at least three keywords that describe your submission. Also select the track(s) - named 'groups' in EasyChair - and the topics relevant to your submission. Note that you can select more than one track (select at least one) and topics belonging to any of the three conference tracks. This information will be used for the review assignment.

Award winning papers will be considered for a fast track publication in ACM Transactions on the Web. Selected papers will be invited for special issue in NRHM journal.

Extended Proceedings

Submission categories include:

* Workshop papers
* Doctoral consortium papers

You can find the requirements in terms of length and content for these papers in the respective calls.

All submissions should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG proceedings template. Doctoral consortium papers should be submitted in PDF format via EasyChair ( DC.

Accepted papers in the above-mentioned categories will appear in the Hypertext 2017 Proceedings.

Important Dates

January 13, 2017 Workshop proposals
February 3, 2017 Abstract submission
February 10, 2017 Paper submission
March 20, 2017 Doctoral Consortium paper submission
March 31, 2017 Notification of acceptance
April 15, 2017 Doctoral Consortium notification of acceptance
April 21, 2017 Camera ready due
May 2, 2017 Doctoral Consortium camera ready due

Deadlines are at 23:59 Hawaii Standard Time on the specified date.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

The construction industry expos and conferences you have to attend in 2017

There's a packed events programme in store for 2017. Don’t miss out on the best conferences, exhibitions, expos and networking events that can add value to your working life in the year ahead.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

RCIS 2017 - Call for papers


10-12 May 2017, Brighton, United Kingdom
Paper submission deadline: January 31, 2017


The goal of RCIS is to bring together scientists, researchers, engineers and practitioners from a wide range of information science fields and provide opportunities for knowledge sharing and dissemination. RCIS has become a recognised conference on research challenges in information sciences. Organised for the 11th time in a row, RCIS 2017 will be held from May 10-12, 2017, in Brighton, United Kingdom.

At RCIS 2017, among other regular topics, a special attention will be given to the special topic ìSecurity and Privacy for Information Scienceî. Information plays a central part in almost every aspect of human life. With the advent of technologies both at hardware level (e.g. smart phones and mobile devices), and software level (e.g. cloud computing, big data), which support the collection, storage and analysis of information at any time and at any place, organisations, industry, governments but also individuals are able to access and share information like never before. However, although there is information that everyone is willing to share, there is also sensitive and confidential information that needs to remain private and secure, such as medical records, bank accounts, military plans, but also information that individuals consider private, such as photos, videos, and so on. This yearís RCIS theme aims to explore the role of information science models, tools and methods that support security and privacy.

RCIS welcomes submissions from a diverse spectrum of information science. The list of themes and topics includes, but is not limited to, the following themes and topics:
Information Systems and their Engineering
* Requirements Engineering
* Software Engineering and Testing
* Model-Driven Engineering
* Information Systems Development Methods and Method Engineering
User-Oriented Approaches
* Human-Computer Interaction
* Social Computing and Social Network Analysis
* User-Centred Approaches
* Collaborative Computing
* Information Science and the Wisdom of the Crowd
Data and Information Management
* Databases and Information
* Information Search and Discovery
* Conceptual Modelling and Ontologies
* Information Security and Risk Management
* Big Data, Right Data
Enterprise Engineering
* Business Process Engineering and Management
* Process Mining
* Enterprise Modelling
* Information Science within Reengineering Scenarios
* Context-aware Organisations
* E-Health
* E-Government
* E-Commerce
* Web-Based Applications and Services
* Smart Cities
Business Intelligence
* Big Data & Business Analytics
* Decision Information Systems
* Knowledge Management
* Knowledge Discovery from Data
* Information and Value Management
Information Infrastructures
* Cyber-Physical Systems
* Web Information Systems
* Grid Computing and Cloud Computing
* Internet of Things
* Pervasive and Mobile Computing
Reflective Research and Practice
* Research Methodologies in Information Science
* Impact of Information on the Enterprise and the Individual
* Lifecycle Models
* Design Science and Rationale
* Action Research and Case Studies in Information Science
Tutorials, Doctoral Consortium, Posters and Demos will complement the main conference.

Papers that have already been accepted or are currently under review for other conferences or journals will not be considered for publication at RCIS 2017. Papers should be in English and must be associated to one of the following categories:
* Technical solution papers present solutions that are novel or significantly improve existing solutions. A technical solution paper must include a preliminary validation of the proposed solution, and results must be stated clearly enough so that it is possible to validate them in later research. Maximum page count is 12.
* Evaluation papers evaluate existing problem situations or validate proposed solutions through scientific means, i.e. by empirical studies, experiments, case studies, simulations, mathematical proofs, etc. The research method must be sound and appropriate. Maximum page count is 12.
* Industrial practice and experience papers present problems or challenges encountered in practice, describe success or failure stories, or report on industrial practice. The practice must be clearly described and its context must be given. Maximum page count is 12.
* Work in progress papers present relevant preliminary results that may not have been fully validated yet. The work presented should be advanced enough as to show its contribution and significance. Maximum page count is 6.
The submission site address is
By submitting a paper, authors implicitly agree that at least one of them will register to the conference and present the paper. It is expected that at least one author will register for each accepted paper. Only papers that have been presented by their authors during the conference will be published as part of the IEEE Proceedings.
Authors of best papers will be invited to submit an extended version to a special issue of one of the following journals:  International Journal of Information System Modeling and Design (IGI), or Complex Systems Informatics and Modeling Quarterly.
Accepted papers will be submitted to IEEE for publication in IEEE Xplore digital library using the IEEE 2-column format ( In case you wish to format your paper according to this template you may use the IEEE PDF eXpress tool ( to convert your source file into an IEEE Xplore-compliant PDF file or to check if your own PDF file is IEEE Xplore?compliant. IEEE PDF eXpress is a free service to IEEE conferences, allowing their authors to make IEEE Xplore?compatible PDFs (conversion function) or to check PDFs that authors have made themselves for IEEE Xplore compatibility (PDF check function). The conference ID for the IEEE PDF eXpress can be found on the RCIS 2017 web site. It is important to note that submitting a file to IEEE PDF eXpress is only for creation or checking of a compliant PDF file and does not work as a submission; you must still submit your final paper through the submission site indicated above. For more information about how to use IEEE PDF eXpress, please see

* Regular paper submission deadline: January 31, 2017 (23:59 AoE ñ Anywhere on Earth)
* Notification to authors and registration opening: March 15, 2017
* Author registration deadline for all paper types: April 07 , 2017
* Camera?ready copy deadline for all paper types: April 07, 2017
* Conference: May 10?12, 2017


An updated version of this call can always be found in .