litmus :: february 2008

Litmus is the monthly newsletter of ACID, the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design

  1. acid News
    • ACID Appoints New Chief Executive, Suzannah Conway
    • ACID Announces Changes to Board of Directors
  2. Research and Project Updates
    • nnub Goes Live at Moggil
    • infopoint Prototype Installed Ahead of Official Launch of the Fremantle Boat Harbour Heritage Trail
  3. ACID People
    • Jeremy Yuille Appointed to IxDA Board of Directors
  4. DATE CLAIMERS: Mark Your Diary Now
  5. Industry Tidbits


Suzannah Conway, ACID CEO

:: ACID Appoints New Chief Executive, Suzannah Conway

In late February, ACID announced that it has appointed Suzannah Conway to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Suzannah, an experienced senior executive in the creative industries, has served as ACID's General Manager since January 2007.

Suzannah has also been appointed to the Board of ACID and to its wholly-owned subsidiary, ACID Services Pty Ltd, the commercialisation company of the CRC.

Read the Media Release...


Dr Terry Cutler Prof Mary O'Kane

:: ACID Announces Changes to Board of Directors

Also in late February, ACID announced the resignations of Dr Terry Cutler as the Chairman of the Board of ACID, and Professor Mary O'Kane as a Board Director and Chair of the ACID Audit Committee following their appointments to the independent panel for the Review of the National Innovation System.

Read the Media Release...





nnub public screen interface showing active notices
nnub public screen interface showing active notices

:: nnub Goes Live at Moggill

The Urban Interfaces community hub prototype, nnub, has gone live in the outer-Brisbane suburb of Moggill. The prototype consists of a large-screen kiosk in a general store and caf´┐Ż with an associated community portal for creating notices.

For more information about nnub, visit the nnub page at the Suburban Communities website.

Urban Interfaces logo Interior of infopoint showing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth dongles (left), battery (bottom-right) and sealed CPU (top-right)
Interior of infopoint showing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth dongles (left), battery (bottom-right) and sealed CPU (top-right)

:: infopoint Prototype Installed Ahead of Official Launch of the Fremantle Boat Harbour Heritage Trail

The Urban Interfaces infopoint prototype is being installed at the Fremantle Boat Harbour ahead of an official launch of the new heritage trail on 11 March.

The prototype delivers rich media content to visitors' mobile phones, providing a platform for research into mobile experiences and interactions, user-generated content and system architectures. The infopoint unit is solar-powered and sealed for protection against the coastal climate. The prototype includes a web interface for Fremantle Council to manage content and review logs. The initial content (produced by John McMullan at Murdoch University) is a dramatisation of an 1892 letter describing Fremantle as "the worst damn hole I ever saw." Click here to hear.

For more information about infopoint, visit the infopoint page at the Suburban Communities website.


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Jeremy Yuille

:: Jeremy Yuille Appointed to IxDA Board of Directors

Last week, the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) announced the appointment of ACID project leader and interaction designer, and RMIT University senior lecturer in communication design, Jeremy Yuille to the IxDA Board of Directors. IxDA, a member-supported organisation committed to serving the needs of the international interaction design community, was founded in 2003 as an international nonprofit professional association to address the challenges that interaction designers encounter in their professional lives.

Congratulations Jeremy!

About IxDA...
IxDA Board of Directors...




4. DATE CLAIMERS: Mark Your Diary Now!

:: Exhibitions


AV Jam
5 February - 22 March 2008, Beta_Space, The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

ACID Network Jamming project will host a public exhibition of the AV Jam system at Beta_Space in Sydney's Powerhouse Museum. AV Jam uses dynamic music and video technologies that will allow anyone, from novice to expert, to perform live in a virtual ensemble as a DJ or VJ.

For more information about the exhibition visit the Beta_Space website, and if you are in Sydney come and visit the exhibition, and have fun performing audio visual improvisations with the AV Jam system. The Beta_Space is an experimental environment within the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, sponsored by ACID and the Creativity and Cognition Studios at UTS where the public can engage with the latest research in art and technology.


:: Awards and Residencies

2008 Adobe Design Achievement Awards
Entries due: 2 May 2008
Visit the ADAA website for more info...


:: Professional Workshops 

First International Workshop on Location on the Web (LocWeb 2008)
WWW 2008 Conference
22 April 2008, Beijing, CHINA
Visit the LocWeb 2008 website for more info...

Pervasive Persuasive Technology and Environmental Sustainability Workshop
6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing
19–22 May 2008, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Visit Urban Informatics for more info...


:: Calls for Papers

Creating Value: Between Commerce and Commons
CCI International Conference
25 - 27 June 2008, Brisbane AUSTRALIA
Abstracts: 31 March 2008
Visit the CCI website for more info...

Tangible and Embedded Interaction
A Special Issue of International Journal of Arts and Technology
Abstracts (optional): 2 April 2008
Paper submission: 21 April 2008
Visit the IJART website for more info...

Facial and Bodily Expressions for Control and Adaptation of Games (ECAG '08)
2008 IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition
16 September 2008, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Papers: 15 June 2008
Registration: 1 September 2008
Visit the ECAG '08 website for more info...

Persistent Conversation Minitrack, Digital Media and Content Track
Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 42)
5-8 January 2009, Hawaii, USA
Abstracts: 15 March 2008
Papers: 15 June 2008
Visit the Persistent Conversation homepage for more info...


:: Conferences

CHI 2008 Conference
5-10 April 2008, Florence ITALY
Visit the CHI 2008 website for more info...

10th Virtual Reality International Conference (VRIC'08)
9-13 April 2008, Laval, FRANCE
Visit the VRIC'08 website for more info...

SimTecT 2008 Simulation Conference
12-15 May 2008, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Visit the SimTecT 2008 website for more info...

IIT Institute of Design Strategy conference
15-16 May 2008, Chicago USA
Visit the IIT website for more info...

Graphics Interface 2008
28-30 May 2008, Windsor CANADA
Visit the GI2008 website for more info...

7th International Conference on Interaction Design for Children
11-13 June 2008, Chicago USA
Visit the IDC2008 website for more info...

3DPVT 2008: Fourth International Symposium on 3D Data Processing, Visualization and Transmission
18-20 June 2008, Atlanta USA
Visit the 3DPVT 2008 website for more info...

New Views 2 Symposium
Conversations and Dialogues in Graphic Design
9-11 July 2008, London UK
Visit the New Views 2 website for more info...


:: Calendar Call

If you have an event, meeting or conference date to share with ACID colleagues, just e-mail us the info.




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