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The IEEE Digital Reality Webinar Series explores the latest innovations and challenges in the realm of digital reality. Hear from leading technologists about AR/VR/MR, human augmentation, immersive and related technologies, how they are affecting industries today, and how they will impact our future tomorrow. Check out our upcoming and on-on-demand webinars to start learning:
Digital Twins are becoming increasingly pervasive in the industry, and they are now being used to generate digital replicas to mirror individual human beings, their unique behaviors, their expertise, and even their emotions. This brings us into an unchartered territory where new ethical questions arise.
The webinar will present the latest evolution of Digital Twin technology and applications. In particular, the speakers will focus on the applications of Personal Digital Twins in healthcare and for the modeling of a biological person to the modeling of the cognitive person. The former opens the application space for simulation of bio-processes, the latter the simulation and replication of cognitive processing.
The second part of the webinar will explore the ethical implications arising from the creation of Personal Digital Twins, and the fading boundary between the physical and the Digital world—a world in which a Personal Digital Twin behaves as an avatar of the physical person and the Physical Space. In such a scenario, people would be perceiving a seamless continuum extended in the Digital Space, behaving in a new Digital Reality framework. This is, in a way, creating a new reality, like the one “invented" by the Surrealism artistic movement (spearheaded by Dali).
During the third part of the webinar, we will explore societal aspects of Cognitive Digital Twins, both at a perceptual level and at a society/organizational level, taking the general impact on the workplace and social interactions into consideration.
Derrick de Kerckhove is former Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto, where he is professor emeritus at the Department of French. He subsequently joined the Faculty of Sociology of the University Federico II in Naples. Presently, scientific director of the Rome-based monthly Media Duemila, he is the author of a dozen books edited in over ten languages. He is also Research Director at the Interdisciplinary Internet Institute (IN3) at l’Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona.
Patrick Henz started his career in the Corporate Information Office and Compliance at the end of 2007, when he was responsible for the implementation of the Siemens Anti-Corruption program in Mexico and several Central American & Caribbean countries. Together with these tasks, he gained valuable insights into global Compliance programs, with a focus on Latin America. Since 2009 in his role as Compliance Officer he is responsible for an effective Compliance program; based on identification, protection, detection, response & recovery and combined with integrity, respect, passion & sustainability. With these means, he defines Governance, Risk & Compliance as pro-active function, being perceived as guardian, expert and facilitator. The focus is on information to ensure adequate behavior, not only of the human employee, but Artificial Intelligence included.
Furthermore, he is a member of the IEEE Digital Reality Initiative, and the author of the books “Business Philosophy according to Enzo Ferrari” and “Tomorrow’s Business Ethics – Philip K. Dick vs. W. Edwards Deming”.
Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications a long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and then was head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital up to September 2018.
Previously, up to December 2011, he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century, he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the Industry Advisory Board within the Future Directions Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative.
Roberto teaches a Master's course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento. He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines and 14 books.
Image analysis algorithms have become indispensable in the modern information ecosystem. Beyond their early use in restricted domains (e.g., military, medical), they are now widely used in consumer applications and social media, enabling functionality that users take for granted.
Recently, image analysis algorithms have become widely available as Cognitive Services. This practice is proving to be a boon to the development of applications where user modeling, personalization, and adaptation are required. However, while tagging APIs offers developers an inexpensive and convenient means to add functionality to their creations, most are opaque and proprietary, and there are numerous social and ethical issues surrounding their use in contexts where people can be harmed.
In this talk, Dr. Styliani Kleanthous will discuss recent work in analyzing proprietary image tagging services (e.g., Clarifai, Google Vision, Amazon Rekognition) for their gender and racial biases when tagging images depicting people. I will present our techniques for discrimination discovery in this domain, as well as our work on understanding a user and the developers' perceptions of fairness. Finally, I will explore the sources of such biases, by comparing human versus machine descriptions of the same people/images.
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Featured Speaker: Dr. Styliani Kleanthous
PhD, Senior Researcher at the Cyprus Center for Algorithmic Transparency
Open University of Cyprus and CYENS Centre of Excellence
Styliani Kleanthous holds a PhD in Virtual Community Modelling, Personalization, and Adaptive Systems from the University of Leeds, UK. She currently holds dual appointments as a senior researcher at the Cyprus Center for Algorithmic Transparency, Open University of Cyprus, and as a Research Associate at the CYENS CoE, Cyprus. Styliani’s main research interests and expertise are concentrated in the area of User and Community Modeling, Personalization, and Adaptive Systems. She specializes in exploiting psychological and social theories for modeling user preferences, for designing intelligent interaction and adaptive user support.
Recently, Styliani has worked on Interactive Smart Technologies in 3D and mixed reality settings for understanding user interactions in these visually complex settings and how personalization can help improve the user experience. She has published a number of papers in journals and scientific conferences, co-organized several international workshops and has given numerous presentations.
Styliani is serving as a senior committee member in several international conferences (e.g. ACM UMAP) and as a program committee member in several others (e.g. ACM IUI, ACM CSCW). She has published in the area of Intelligent Interactive Systems at venues such as ACM IUI, ACM UMAP, ACM NordiCHI and in the area of fairness, accountability, transparency and ethics at venues such as ACM FAccT, AAAI HCOMP, AAAI ICWSM, and ACM CSCW.
- November 2021 • Personal Digital Twins in Social Settings (socio-morphic digital agents)
- 9 December 2021 • Powered by AI: the Future of Public Transportation
Welcome to the IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series, an IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production. In this podcast series, we’ll talk with industry leaders in virtual reality, augmented reality, XR, human augmentation, smart robots, and much more, keeping you at the forefront of advancements in these ever-growing immersive technologies.
Check out the first episode in our IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series. Our first guest, Conor Russomanno, Director of Advanced Interfaces at Meta and co-founder and CEO of OpenBCI, shared his views on the future of AR and VR, brain-computer interfacing, key challenges, and more! Listen to the podcast
Featured Podcast: Q&A with Dr. Tom Coughlin, Current President of IEEE-USA
In this podcast, The Investor's Podcast chat with Dr. Tom Coughlin, who is the Current President of IEEE-USA. Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit. He is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide, which is now on its second edition with Springer. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical and Business Consulting services. Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report, the Emerging Non-Volatile Memory Report and other industry reports. Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for Forbes.com and other blogs.
Listen to The Investor's Podcast (MP3, 50 MB)
Episode 9: Q&A with Nicholas Napp, co-founder of Xmark Labs LCC and IEEE Digital Reality Initiative steering committee member
Welcome to the IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series, an IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production. In this podcast, Nicholas Napp, co-founder of Xmark Labs LCC and IEEE Digital Reality Initiative steering committee member explores salient aspects of AI in gaming. He examines social and ethical implications for humanity along with perils, challenges, and opportunities in this realm.
Listen to Episode 9 (MP3, 25 MB)
|Nicholas Napp, Co-Founder of Xmark Labs, LLC and IEEE Digital Reality Initiative steering committee member|
Episode 8: Q&A with Jeewika Ranaweera, Principal Hardware Engineer at Oracle and Steering Committee Member, IEEE Digital Reality Initiative
Welcome to the IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series, an IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production. In this podcast, Jeewika Ranaweera, Principle Hardware Engineer at Oracle and Steering Committee Member of the IEEE Digital Reality Initiative, shares her unique insights on numerous areas where immersive technologies can benefit humanity. From improved employee and professional training, to treating medical and mental disorders and improving the overall daily lives of individuals, Jeewika explores how virtual and augmented reality technologies can be employed for the betterment of society.
Listen to Episode 8 (MP3, 18 MB)
|Jeewika Ranaweera, Principal Hardware Engineer at Oracle and Steering Committee Member, IEEE Digital Reality Initiative|
Episode 7: Q&A with Bill Tonti, Senior Director for IEEE Future Directions
Welcome to the IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series, an IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production. In this podcast, Bill Tonti, senior director, IEEE Future Directions provides an overview on current IEEE roadmap activities and shares his insights on how they support IEEE’s efforts to drive innovation and advance the development of new technologies. Dr. Tonti also stresses the need for broad stakeholder and industry partner engagement to ensure roadmaps effectively address all relevant technology domains and industry ecosystems.
Listen to Episode 7 (MP3, 12 MB)
|Bill Tonti, Senior Director for IEEE Future Directions|
Episode 6: Q&A with Bill Tonti, Senior Director for IEEE Future Directions
Welcome to the IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series, an IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production. In this podcast conducted at the Augmented World Expo (AWE), Bill Tonti, senior director, IEEE Future Directions shared his views on the relationship between spatial, or 3 dimensional (3D) computing, and the advancement of digital reality technologies that enabled new use cases for autonomous vehicles, remotely monitored medical home care, as well as retail and wearable applications. While personally holding ownership to more than 280 U.S. patents, Dr. Tonti helps foster new initiatives that represent various technologies and motivates IEEE and the general public to engage with these programs.
Listen to Episode 6 (MP3, 16 MB)
|Bill Tonti, Senior Director for IEEE Future Directions|
Episode 5: Q&A with Nicholas Napp, Co-Founder of Xmark Labs, LLC and Mixed Reality Panelist at IEEE TTM 2018
Welcome to the IEEE Digital Reality Podcast. An IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production. In this podcast, Nicholas Napp, co-founder of Xmark Labs LCC, provides unique insights on emerging XR use cases, their benefits and explores potential issues related to wider adoption of Virtual reality, Augmented reality and Mixed reality technologies both by enterprises and individuals. An industry veteran who has worked with VR and AR systems since the early 1990s, and a member of the IEEE Digital Reality Steering Committee, Napp was a panelist for the Mixed Reality-focused panel at the IEEE Technology Time Machine 2018 Symposium.
Listen to Episode 5 (MP3, 25 MB)
|Nicholas Napp, Co-Founder of Xmark Labs, LLC and Mixed Reality Panelist at IEEE TTM 2018|
Episode 4: Q&A with Kathy Grise, Senior Program Director for IEEE Future Directions
Welcome to the IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series, an IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production. In this podcast, Kathy Grise, senior program director, IEEE Future Directions provides highlights of a panel discussion she moderated at the Augmented World Expo (AWE), discusses the IEEE Digital Reality Initiative’s charter, and gives an overview of focus areas where individual stakeholders can join the community and get involved in helping shape this exciting technology space.
Listen to Episode 4 (MP3, 25 MB)
|Kathy Grise, Senior Program Director for IEEE Future Directions|
Episode 3: Q&A with Raj Tiwari, Lead Co-Chair of IEEE Digital Reality
In this podcast, Raj Tiwari, lead co-chair of the IEEE Digital Reality Initiative and organizing committee member for IEEE’s Technology Time Machine 2018 (TTM 2018) symposium, explores Extended Reality (XR) and its potential for changing how we live, work, learn and share, and he discusses existing and future use cases for the technology. Raj also highlights the importance of the upcoming TTM 2018 and how it can help ignite the technologies of tomorrow and serve as a catalyst for compelling discussions of the emerging technological advancements that are impacting humanity today, tomorrow, and beyond. Raj is participating at the TTM 2018 as a speaker and panelist on the Mixed Reality-focused panel on Day 2, November 1st at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa. Register now for TTM at http://sites.ieee.org/ttm/register/.
Listen to Episode 3 (MP3, 25 MB)
|Raj Tiwari, Lead Co-Chair of IEEE Digital Reality|
Episode 2: Q&A with Kathy Grise, Senior Program Director for IEEE Future Directions
Kathy Grise, senior program director for IEEE Future Directions and organizing committee member for IEEE’s Technology Time Machine 2018 Symposium (TTM 2018) highlights the speakers and panelists rounding out this year’s event themed: Beyond Tomorrow. Held 31 Oct. and 1 Nov. at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa, TTM 2018 features top industry executives, leading technologists and noted experts from academia, and covers technology advancements in augmented and virtual reality, agriculture, neuroscience, robotics, technology entrepreneurism, and more. Listen in and see why IEEE TTM 2018 continues to draw broad interest as a networking opportunity for those concerned with the impact of future technologies on business and industry, the individual and society as a whole, as well as ethics and policy. Register now for TTM and avail of discounted early registration rates at http://bit.ly/IEEETTM-18
Listen to Episode 2 (MP3, 15 MB)
|Kathy Grise, Senior Program Director for IEEE Future Directions|
Episode 1: Q&A with Conor Russomanno, Director of Advanced Interfaces at Meta and Co-Founder and CEO of OpenBCI
Welcome to the IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series, an IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production. In this podcast series, we’ll talk with industry leaders in virtual reality, augmented reality, XR, human augmentation, smart robots, and much more, keeping you at the forefront of advancements in these ever-growing immersive technologies. We sat down with our first guest, Conor Russomanno, Director of Advanced Interfaces at Meta, and co-founder and CEO of OpenBCI, after his panel at the recently concluded Augmented World Expo in Silicon Valley. Conor shared his views on the future of augmented reality and virtual reality, brain computer interfacing, what he sees as some of the key challenges and opportunities that are driving the industry forward, and what keeps him up at night when it comes to the future of technology. Conor also discusses what he expects to learn at the upcoming 2018 IEEE Technology Time Machine symposium in San Diego, California on 31 October – 1 November 2018.
Listen to Episode 1 (MP3, 19 MB)
|Conor Russomanno, Director of Advanced Interfaces at Meta and Co-Founder and CEO of OpenBCI|
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