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The following are some of the latest InfoBahn
     Calls for Participation:

--> Spatial Orientation and Wayfinding in Large-Scale Virtual Spaces
    -- Call date 1 May 97 for the journal PRESENCE.

--> 11th Annual High Performance Computing & Communications Conference
    Conference date: 25 - 27 March 97 in Newport, Rhode Island

--> Modeling, Virtual Environments & Simulation (MOVES) Curriculum


"Spatial Orientation and Wayfinding in Large-Scale Virtual Spaces"

Special Issue of PRESENCE
Call for Participation

PRESENCE will devote a special issue to "Spatial Orientation, Wayfinding,
and Representation in Large-Scale Virtual Spaces".  Co-editors of this
special issue are Terry Allard of the Office of Naval Research, Rudy Darken
of the Naval Postgraduate School, and Lisa Achille of the Naval Research

The focus of this issue is on experimental and theoretical studies that
define components of cognitive, perceptual, and motor skills required for
training transfer, improved wayfinding, and reduced disorientation in
large-scale virtual spaces.  Of  particular interest is: 1) the nature of
spatial representations in transfer from virtual to real worlds; 2) cueing
strategies that improve wayfinding and orientation; 3) the relative merits
and disadvantages of different interaction techniques on the ability to
acquire complex spatial layouts in virtual environments and for
teleoperation.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Different interaction (self-navigation) metaphors including fly-through,
walk-through, and ride-through devices in which self-motion can be measured
in motoric coordinates.

Perceptual and mnemonic biases, memory manipulation, prior expectations,
conceptual training, and sensorimotor adaptation and the transfer of
spatial orientation and navigational skills from virtual to real world

Navigational aids, cues, strategies, organizational principles for virtual
environments or augmented reality.
Theoretical models of human spatial orientation and navigation.
Object and self-location in virtual worlds, augmented reality, and real

Sensori-motor interactions and conflicts and spatial navigation and

Individual differences in knowledge, aptitudes, abilities, and strategies,
and their impact on perceptual, motoric, and memorial knowledge of virtual

We are interested in original technical papers, position papers surveying
the field, and forum papers describing the frontiers of research questions,
design principles, and application of  research results related to
orientation and navigation in virtual spaces and for teleoperation.
Submissions and interdisciplinary exchanges from all related fields will
be considered including the cognitive sciences, architectural design, and
basic science reviews relating non-human spatial orientation and
navigation to VE's for human use.

PRESENCE is the premier journal of teleoperation  and virtual  environments.
Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding that
they represent original material and are not being considered for publication

Manuscripts should be in 12-point type, using double-spaced pages for all
text, including references.  For more information, see the "Instructions to
Contributors" note on the inside back cover of PRESENCE Vol. 3 No. 2 and
later issues.  Please include an electronic mail address to which receipt
acknowledgments can be sent. FAXed submissions will not be accepted.  Send
8 copies of each submitted paper (one for each co-editor, and one for each
of 5 reviewers) to PRESENCE at the following address:

Nat Durlach, Managing Editor
PRESENCE Orientation and Navigation Special Issue
Room 36-709
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA  02139

The deadline for submissions to this special issue is May 1, 1997.
Submitted papers must be received by that date to allow sufficient review
time for our publication schedule.


11th Annual High Performance Computing & Communications Conference

March 25-27, 1997.

Newport Marriot Hotel & Marina, Newport, Rhode Island

Joint Meeting of: Department of Defense, Federal Agencies, Industry and
                  University Communities.

Discussing: Computing, Networks, Information Technology, Government
            Information Technology in the '98 National Budget, Business
Re-engineering,             Future Directions, and Applications

Coference Hotline: 401-624-1723

Conference Fax:    401-624-7087


Featured Speakers Include:

Acquisition Reform                      Anthony M. Valletta
                                        Assistant Secretary of Defense, C3I

Business Process Reeginering in DoD     Michael S. Yeomans
                                        Director, Business Re-engineering,
                                        Office Secretary of Defense, C3I

DoD HPCC Moderization Program Up-date   Kay Howell
                                        Director, DoD HPCC Moderization Office

Federal Initiatives in Computing,       John C.Toole
Information Technology,and              Director, National Coordination Office
Communications                          Computing,Information and Communications
R & D,
                                        National Science & Technology Council
                                        Executive Office of the President

Prospects for Information Technology    Bruce McConnell
in the 1998 National Budget             CIO, Office of Management and Budget

>From Supercomputing Centers            Dr. Larry Smarr
to the Virtual Nation                   Director, National Center for
                                        Applications, University of Illinois

High Performance Computing:             Dr. Ralph Roskies
The Scientific Imperative               Co-Director, Pittsburg Supercomputer

Beyond WIMP GUIs                        Andries van Dam
                                        Director, Graphics & Visualization
                                        Brown University

Technology Trends at NIMA               Dr. Walter Senus
                                        Chief Scientist, National Imaging and
Mapping                                                 Agency

Battlefield Digitization                Daryl W. White
                                        Deputy Director, US Army Digitization

Defense Information System Network      Col. John M. O'Meally
                                        Program Manager, Defense Information
System                                          Network, DISA

Emerging Information Technology for     Juergen G. Keil
21st Century Undersea Warfare           Executive Director,US Naval Undersea
Warfare Center

Information Services: Networks          Robert Massey
for the 21st Century                    President and CEO, Compuserve

Modeling & Simulation: Potentials       Dr. Michael Zyda
for Collaboration between DoD and       Professor Computer Science,
the Entertainment Industry              U.S. Naval Postgraduate School

HPC in Law Enforcement                  Dr. Joseph K. Kielman
                                        Chief Scientist, FBI

Museum Without Walls                    A. Lee. Denny
                                        CIO, Smithsonian Institution

Weather Forcasting with Advanced        Stephen Lord
Parrellel Processing Computers          Deputy Director, National Weather Service
Modeling                                        Center

High Performance Computing Futures      David Blascovich
from SGI and Cray Research              Director Marketing, SGI/Cray Research

Customer Focused Data Mining            Jacek Myczkowski
                                        VP Development, Thinking Machines

Major Shared Resource Center Networks   AT&T Government Markets

A Vision for Communications             AT&T Government Markets