CFP: Locative Media and Communities

The International Journal of Human-Computer Studies has issued a call for papers for a special issue dedicated to “Locative Media and Communities.” According the call, the editors are looking for papers that “explore the potential for locative media applications to support community cohesion and the integration of such media within existing community structures and practices.” The full text of the call is below, and submissions are due by February 28, 2010.

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UT Portugal PhD Deadlines Approaching

If you’re interested in applying to the digital media PhD program offered by UT Austin in cooperation with a number of Portuguese institutions, we hope that you’re getting your application materials together. The deadline for the application to the UT Austin program is December 11, 2009 to start the classes in the fall of 2010. If you’re interesting in applying in future years, the deadline is always in mid-December. The process can be somewhat complicated, but we’ve got comprehensive information on applying below. We wish “good luck” to all that apply!

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Event Today: Hacking the Ivory Tower

Digital Media co-director Sharon Strover will be speaking at an event today sponsored by FLOW, a digital journal produced by Radio-TV-Film graduate students. The event will be a interdisciplinary roundtable discussing how digital media may be transforming the academy. I takes place at 4pm in the Chicano Culture Room at the Texas Union. The full event details are below.

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Future Places Recap

The FuturePlaces multimedia festival took place in Porto, Portugal last week. Supported by the UT Austin | Portugal Digital Media Program, the festival consisted of a series of workshops, concerts, and panels, as well as a juried art exhibition. The theme of the festival is how digital media intersects with local cultures, but of course the intersection of transnational and global cultures with the local came into play as well.

The festival offered four workshops for advanced students and professionals in the digital media field. Topics included computer vision using the Processing scripting environment, mobile interface design, mobile documentary narratives, and audio documentation of Porto. Each of these workshops engaged participants by having the contribute to a larger group project or apply skills taught in the short courses.

The exhibition brought sixteen pieces from around the world including places as far as Australia and as nearby as Porto. Pieces ranged in a variety of formats from musical performance to interactive software art, but the show was dominated by installations of various types. The jury chose four pieces for particular merit and prizes. They were:

  • Honorable Mention: Master and Margarita by Video Jack (André Carrilho and Nuno Correia)
  • Honorable Mention: Wonderland by Hye Yeon Nam
  • Second Prize: Oporto-Brooklyn Bridge by Naomi Kaly and Alyssa Casey
  • First Prize: Outhouse by Brian Cohen and TRAX

The FuturePlaces site has more extensive detail and images of each of the prize winners. The festival was by all accounts a rousing success and thanks to Heitor Avelos, Karen Gustafson, U.Porto, and everyone else who made FuturePlaces such as success!

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VS Games Conference

The second International Conference on Games and Virtual Worlds for Serious Applications (VS Games) will take place in Braga, Portugal in March of next year. The conference currently has a call for papers on serious games and virtual worlds, open until November 1, 2009. For more information, please see the full call at the conference website.

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Second CFP Meeting held at UT

"Stallion" is a computer cluster sporting a 706 megapixel display in the Visualization Lab.

"Stallion" is a computer cluster sporting a 706 megapixel display in the Visualization Lab.

On Friday, October 2, a second CFP meeting for potential UT collaborators was hosted by the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) Visualization Lab. Several Portuguese proposals were presented, and TACC personnel were on hand to demonstrate visualization resources and answer questions about the available computing resources. Sharon Strover, Director of the Digital Media program at CoLab answered questions about funding and logistics of the call.

As I receive further proposals, I will be working to connect Portuguese researchers with potential collaborators here at UTexas.

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Online Journalism Symposium Call for Papers

The UT School of Journalism’s annual Online Journalism Symposium has opened its call for papers to be presented at the 2010 event in Austin. For consideration, researchers must submit a full paper or three-page abstract by December 14, 2009. Submissions will be blind reviewed by a panel of scholars.

For more information, please visit the full paper call at:

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Meeting at UT for potential CFP collaborators

Call for Proposals for UT Austin|Portugal Project in Digital Media
Informational Meeting
Friday, Sept. 18, 3:00pm in CMA A5.136

The UT Austin|Portugal Program has opened a call for the funding of
research projects in the general area of Advanced Digital Media. The
call is directed to integrated teams of researchers, which must
include a member from the University of Texas at Austin. Research
grants of up to 50,000€ (for exploratory projects) and 250,000€ (for
strategic projects) will be competitively awarded for Portugal-based
projects. Funding for UT faculty members will be provided through
CoLab, and is primarily designed to fund faculty participation and
graduate student assistance alongside some ancillary (e.g., travel)

Strategic research areas include The Future of Television, The Future
of News, and Interactive Environments / Serious Games. Exploratory
research areas include Digital imaging techniques and applications;
Data visualization; Strategic uses of digital media in social and/or
cultural contexts; Contextual and content-driven use of digital
interfaces; Behavioral analysis based on sensor networks and
location-based data; Human-computer partnerships and their outcomes
for creating new knowledge; Molecular electronics and digital media;
Multi-sensorial displays; Interfaces using new display technologies;
Real time video simulations; Regeneration/repurposing of old media for
new purposes; Balance between trust and privacy.

If your work touches on any of these areas, please stop by to learn
more about this grant opportunity and meet fellow digital media
researchers. Refreshments will be provided.

The full Call for Proposals is available here:

For more information, please contact Derek Lackaff at

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New Team Member: Derek Lackaff

Dr. Derek Lackaff recently joined the project as a Postdoctoral Fellow in RTF at the University of Texas at Austin. He completed his doctorate in Communication at SUNY-Buffalo, where his work focused on social media, social network analysis and methodologies, and the social psychology of communication technology use. He is interested in crossdisciplinary approaches to new media research, and looks forward to helping the project develop collaborative research agendas. Derek also enjoys teaching and is a lecturer in RTF, where he is instructing the department’s Introduction to Digital Media course.

Please contact him for assistance in developing your research programs and in identifying potential collaborators, and for consulting on projects addressing social media, network analysis, and quantitative methods. He will be instrumental in working with various Portuguese research teams on responses to the next call for proposals.

You can get in touch with him to discuss you interests at Lackaff (at)

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Craig Watkins’ new book The Young and the Digital

Professor Craig Watkins’ new book on social media explores the digital world that children and youth inhabit. Using a mix of research methods, Dr. Watkins offers a nuanced picture of “digital natives.” The Chronicle of Higher Education recently interviewed Watkins on his research.

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