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Special Issue of Virtual Reality

“Virtual Reality in the e-Society”

New technologies such as the Internet and mobile communications are
transforming
our culture into an e-Society. This term covers a wide range of
applications
from e-government, e-democracy, and e-business, to e-learning and e-health.
Although user interfaces for these systems usually fall into the typical
windowing, 2D paradigm, the potential for using Virtual Reality-VR
technologies
in an emerging e-Society is enormous. VR technologies for visualising
remotely
health data, creating online communities, developing online stores or
educating
groups of people can contribute to the growth of the e-Society by making
it more
tangible and real for the users. How far are we from creating a virtual
society
where users will be able to perform everyday activities in a Virtual
World? Can
virtual technologies provide the means for creating a tangible Virtual
Community? Which are the most prominent areas?

The aim of this special issue is to address questions like the above and
present
a range of innovative papers on the use of VR in the e-Society of the
future.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following areas:

* Applications of VR technologies in the e-Society, including VR in
e-health,
e-science, e-learning, simulation, collaborative work, entertainment,
infotainment, e-business, e-government;
* Usability evaluation and empirical studies of e-Society applications;
* Mobile and virtual media for e-Society applications
* Intelligent technologies for virtual spaces in the e-Society
* Critical reviews of current trends in VR for the e-Society and directions
for future research;
* Personalised virtual worlds;
* Open issues in the context of VR in the e-Society and recommendations for
improvements;
* Supporting technologies for VR in the e-Society with clear link to
related applications

The special issue will appear in the Springer journal Virtual Reality
(http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/10055/index.htm). Papers
should
typically be less than 8,000 words and of standard journal content:
reports of
original research, review papers, essays and discussions. Papers will be
peer
reviewed in accordance with the journal’s normal process. Prospective
authors
should indicate their intention to submit by October 24, 2005, including a
planned title for the submission, an abstract of 200-400 words, and
names of
authors.

Papers should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF formats by January
18, 2006.

Please direct all submissions and correspondence to
[log in to unmask];
  [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask]

Important Dates:

Deadline for expression of interest: October 24, 2005.
Deadline for submission of full papers: January 18, 2006.
Notification of review results: May 4, 2006.
Deadline for final version of papers: July 23, 2006.
Possible publication: end 2006.

Guest Editors:

Dr G. D. Magoulas
School of Computer Science and Information Systems
Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX, UK

Dr G. Lepouras
Department of Computer Science and Technology
University of Peloponnese, 21100, Tripolis, Greece

Dr C. Vassilakis
Department of Informatics and Telecommunications
University of Athens, 15784, Ilissia, Greece


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Dr George D. Magoulas
Reader in Computer Science
School of Computer Science and Information Systems
Birkbeck College, University of London
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX, UK
Office: B34E (Senate House, North Block)
Phone: +44 20 7631 6717
Fax: +44 20 7631 6727
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Webpage: http://www.dcs.bbk.ac.uk/~gmagoulas
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