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UPCOMING EVENT - The International Conference on Intelligent Reality (ICIR) 
Technological integration of smart interactive devices, immersive technologies, and AI machine learning algorithms are the future of propelling Intelligent Reality (IR). ICIR provides a forum to encourage exchanging ideas with leading researchers, industry professionals, and standards experts in this intersection. 
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UPCOMING WEBINAR - The Future of Digital Twins 
This webinar aims to share views on the ongoing Digital Twin evolution, as well as to address the societal and personal issues that are emerging.
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WEBINARAvailable on Demand - A Glance at Megatrends: Demographics, Climate change, and Urbanization
This webinar described three megatrends, the related windows of opportunity (when available), and exemplified their countertrends.
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By Dr. Roberto Saracco, IEEE Digital Reality Co-Chair

Learn about the Megatrends predicted for the near and distant futures, as well as how COVID-19 may affect Megatrends spanning the next ten years. The ongoing pandemic was nowhere to be seen in 2019, hence it was not taken into account in laying the forecast for the incoming decade. However, several people in the previous 10 years have been warning that a pandemic was due as, statistically, we get a major one every 100 years. The pandemic clearly disrupted short-term forecasts, but Megatrends spanning the next ten years may not have been affected significantly.

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CONFERENCE - IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Reality (ICIR)
Call for Papers and Competition

Technological integration of smart interactive devices, immersive technologies, and AI machine learning algorithms is the future of propelling Intelligent Reality (IR). Utilizing innovative technology, such as sensors, immersive computing, and AI machine learning can provide a real-time decision-making user experience with analytics capability within the immersive space. The first IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Reality will explore real-time analytics capability by integrating and deploying AI machine learning into immersive (VR, AR, MR, and XR) space.

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A Glance at Megatrends: Demographics, Climate change, and Urbanization
This webinar will describe three megatrends, the related windows of opportunity (when available), and exemplify their countertrends.
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Accelerating Business Growth with IEEE Digital Reality Technologies
In this webinar, we address PDT's and their potential usefulness in the context of epidemics alert, monitoring, and containment.
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AI in 5G Networks: Why, When, and How?"
In a keynote address presented to the 2020 IEEE 5G World Forum plenary session, Thyaga Nandagopal from the National Science Foundation discusses why artificial intelligence is important for 5G, the challenges of implementing AI for 5G, and the strategies for implementation.
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Knowledge-as-a-Service (KaaS) and the Cognitive Digital Twin
This webinar explains how merging KaaS with AI defines the concept of a Cognitive Digital Twin (DT). A complete cognitive DT will act similarly to AI that can make its own decisions, process thoughts, and execute actions, just like a real, functioning organism.
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The IEEE and Digital Transformation: A Presentation to DEWA
On 7 October 2020 the IEEE Digital Reality initiative co-chair, Dr. Roberto Saracco, served as a panelist on a virtual event, pertaining to the Digital Transformation, presented to DEWA (Dubai Electricity & Water Authority) staff members and subject-matter experts.
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Personal Digital Twins (PDT's) and their role in Epidemics Control
In this webinar, we address PDT's and their potential usefulness in the context of epidemics alert, monitoring, and containment.
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Feature Article

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How To Make Autonomous Cars Trustworthy and Free from Cybersecurity Threats

Autonomous vehicles are becoming smarter because they are being powered by computerization and artificial intelligence. They eventually will be able to communicate with each other and the infrastructure, maneuver flexibly while sensing their surroundings, and allow drivers to go from being operators to passengers. The rise of autonomous vehicles also brings about risks and vulnerabilities, however.

Read more at IEEE Spectrum

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Mojo Vision Details Low-Power Chips for Augmented Reality Contact Lenses

A millimeter-scale microLED display that fits onto a contact lens to provide augmented reality is, frankly, amazing, but for it to be useful it needs to know what to display. Last month at the IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference, augmented reality contact lens startup Mojo Vision in Saratoga, Calif., reported new details of the image chip and image processing circuits.

Read more at IEEE Spectrum

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Can Computer Models Select the Best Public Health Interventions for COVID-19?

Artificial Intelligence Tool Combats New COVID-19 Mutations An artificial intelligence method can help combat emerging COVID-19 mutations by identifying the best potential vaccines to treat the virus, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. As COVID-19 begins to mutate in populations globally, scientists are concerned that the mutations will minimize the effectiveness of vaccines that are now being distributed.

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Can Computer Models Select the Best Public Health Interventions for COVID-19?

Many associate XPrize with a $10-million award offered in 1996 to motivate a breakthrough in private space flight. But the organization has since held other competitions related to exploration, ecology, and education. And in November, they launched the Pandemic Response Challenge, which will culminate in a $500,000 award to be split between two teams that not only best predict the continuing global spread of COVID-19, but also prescribe policies to curtail it.

Read more at IEEE Spectrum

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AlphaFold Proves That AI Can Crack Fundamental Scientific Problems

Any successful implementation of artificial intelligence hinges on asking the right questions in the right way. That’s what the British AI company DeepMind (a subsidiary of Alphabet) accomplished when it used its neural network to tackle one of biology’s grand challenges, the protein-folding problem.

Read more at IEEE Spectrum

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What Is Augmented Intelligence?

Augmented intelligence is a subsection of AI machine learning developed to enhance human intelligence rather than operate independently of or outright replace it. It’s designed to do so by improving human decision-making and, by extension, actions taken in response to improved decisions.

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The Mobile Health Tech That Could Combat COVID-19

In April more than 60 digital health experts from around the world set out to determine whether today’s mobile-health technologies can help in the fight against COVID-19 and future pandemics. The Task Force on mHealth Technology assessed 90 wearable sensors, contact-tracing apps, and electronic patient-reported outcome systems.

Read more at IEEE Spectrum

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MIT researchers say their AI model can identify asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers

Researchers at MIT say they’ve developed an algorithm that can diagnose COVID-19 by the sound of someone’s cough, even if that person is asymptomatic. In a paper published in the IEEE Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology, the team reports that their approach distinguishes between infected and healthy individuals through “forced-cough” recordings...

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IEEE Foundation Funds Two Projects to Help Communities Weather the Pandemic

Since the IEEE Foundation established its COVID-19 Response Fund in April to support IEEE programs and initiatives that are helping members weather the pandemic, it has received more than US $42,173 from individual donors and philanthropic organizations worldwide. The gifts have enabled or enhanced several important initiatives.

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Here’s How We Prepare for the Next Pandemic

If we keep developing the tech that has been supercharged for COVID-19, it never has to be this bad again. When the Spanish flu pandemic swept across the globe in 1918, it ravaged a population with essentially no technological countermeasures.

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This Wearable Monitors the Well-Being of Senior Citizens Who Self-Isolate During the Pandemic

Developed by a Portuguese research team, the device sends an alert if it senses trouble. Because senior citizens are at a higher risk of suffering serious complications from COVID-19, medical officials have cautioned them to stay at home.

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Social Distancing: Here’s an App for That

One of the safety measures recommended since the beginning of the pandemic is for people to maintain a distance of at least six feet (1.5 meters) from each other. But many of us can’t eyeball the distance on our own. To help, IEEE Graduate Student Member Trushal Sardhara and other students from various universities in India have developed the mobile app Coready!

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Technology Spotlight

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2D video to 3D faces: Facing down a key challenge in VR

Creating a virtual experience that’s as close to real-life as possible is one of virtual reality’s (VR’s) ultimate goals, as companies and researchers find ways to accurately mimic a person’s facial expressions and body gestures. But if the lighting and shadows on faces—notoriously tricky to simulate with accuracy—are all wrong, expressions and gestures don’t matter. It just looks wrong. So how to simulate light, shadows, and reflections on the virtual human face?

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Augmented Reality Contact Lens Startup Develops Apps With Early Adopters-to-Be

Not quite “eyesight to the blind,” but Mojo Vision and nonprofit partner collaborate on assistive sight-enhancement for visual impairments—Augmented reality contact lenses that help people with low vision navigate the world. Last year, startup Mojo Vision unveiled an early prototype of a contact lens that contains everything it needs to augment reality—an image sensor, display, motion sensors, and wireless radios all safe and comfortable to tuck into your eye.

Read more at IEEE Spectrum

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This Startup’s Software Programs Industrial Robots, Not Coders

Robots are excellent at repetitive, tedious, and time-consuming jobs—which makes them beneficial in manufacturing. But training industrial robots requires substantial coding skills and knowledge. Singapore-based startup Augmentus, founded by IEEE Member Daryl Lim, Yong Shin Leong, and Chong Voon Foo, is trying to make automation more accessible with its intuitive robot-programming platform.

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Wearables Provide Speedy COVID Screening

Using edge AI and wearable biosensors, an app detects COVID within two minutes—even in asymptomatic patients. There’s a new player in the effort to quickly and effectively screen populations for COVID-19: This week, a Princeton spin-off company launches a coronavirus-screening app for businesses that takes two minutes and uses data from commercial wearable devices.

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Augmented Reality and the Surveillance Society

First articulated in a 1965 white paper by Ivan Sutherland, titled “The Ultimate Display,” augmented reality (AR) lay beyond our technical capacities for 50 years. That changed when smartphones began providing people with a combination of cheap sensors, powerful processors, and high-bandwidth networking—the trifecta needed for AR to generate its spatial illusions.

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Audi turns to augmented reality for logistics planning

Audi is turning to augmented reality to plan complex logistics processes: Virtual presentation of three dimensional holograms that are shown in their actual environment helps planners to better evaluate the future situation. The “LayAR” system (short for “layout” and “augmented reality”) visualizes a “digital twin” as a three‑dimensional hologram...

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AI Recognizes COVID-19 in the Sound of a Cough

Since the spring, research teams have been working toward anytime, anywhere apps that could detect coronavirus in the bark of a cough. In June, a team at the University of Oklahoma showed it was possible to distinguish a COVID-19 cough from coughs due to other infections, and now a paper out of MIT, using the largest cough dataset yet, identifies asymptomatic people with a remarkable 100 percent detection rate.

Read more at IEEE Spectrum

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Tracking Respiratory Droplets on The Fly

Covid-19 spreads via droplets expelled from an infected person’s lungs, so determining how the release of moisture is affected by different masks is an important step towards better protective gear. Now, using a new technique in 3D printing, University of Cambridge researchers have created tiny, freestanding, conducting fibers they claim can detect respiratory moisture more effectively than anything currently on the market.

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IEEE Experts Weigh Social Implications of Emerging Technologies in Future Pandemics

There is little doubt that emerging technologies will help societies anticipate, manage, and mitigate the negative impacts of future global pandemics. But the use of such technologies must be guided with regard for citizens’ privacy, security, and well-being, and concern for its deployment and implementation. Drawing on lessons learned from COVID-19, several IEEE experts with a variety of technological backgrounds are considering the societal aspects of technological solutions to securing health and economic systems against future pandemics.

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How Robots Became Essential Workers in the COVID-19 Response

Autonomous machines proved their worth in hospitals, offices, and on city streets. As the coronavirus emergency exploded into a full-blown pandemic in early 2020, forcing countless businesses to shutter, robot-making companies found themselves in an unusual situation: Many saw a surge in orders...

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Brainworks launches Medio Smart Health heartbeat-monitoring app with COVID-19 questionnaire

Brainworks has launched its Medio Smart Health web application that tracks your heart rate using a camera and can help screen for COVID-19 symptoms. The free web app uses AI-enhanced, non-contact measurement of your vital signs to help automate digital health care, said CEO Phillip Alvelda in an interview with VentureBeat.

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