Publication Alert: Congratulations!

Congratulations to Drs. Bottalico  and Graetzer for their paper that has just been accepted to JASA Express Letters! It was accepted outright with no need for revisions. Great work!

Look for the article in the upcoming months.

Bottalico P, Graetzer S, and Hunter EJ. Effects of voice style, noise level and acoustic feedback on objective and subjective voice evaluations. JASA Letters.

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V-BAL Fall Party

We had a wonderful party–thanks to all who could join us! We completed approximately 400 hygeine kits for the homeless and those who have sought temporary shelter at several locations in Lansing.

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And here are the results of your hard work: A LOT of kits!

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If you all are willing, we will do something like this again.  Remember ….

“Never worry about numbers.  Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”
Mother Teresa

I-Robot Geek Alert

As autonomous cars gain traction, Popular Science asks an interesting question: Who Will Driverless Cars Decide to Kill? From the article:

Researchers from the Toulouse School of Economics decided to see what the public would decide, and posed a series of questions to online survey-takers, including a situation where a car would either kill 10 people and save the driver, or swerve and kill the driver to save the group.

They found that more than 75 percent supported self-sacrifice of the passenger to save 10 people, and around 50 percent supported self-sacrifice when saving just one person. However, respondents didn’t actually think real cars would end up being programmed this way, and would probably save the passenger at all costs. . . .  However, they foresee regulations being tricky, asking whether the public would support a law that requires cars to sacrifice their passengers under certain circumstances.

5 Pens Geek Alert

Geek Alert! (5 pens!)

Our college, Michigan State University College of Communication Arts & Sciences, does incredible work in virtual reality… but the technology being described here is astounding!

Feeds from any of six cameras located outside the jet can be piped into the helmet, for a 360-degree field of view. When the pilot looks down, he doesn’t see his knees—he sees “through” the aircraft, and knows what’s below him. Built-in night-vision lets him see in the dark, without needing to flip down a set of goggles. He can even aim weapons with no more than a glance, thanks to the helmet’s eye tracking capability.