Special Issue of Virtual Reality
"Language, Speech and Gesture for Virtual Reality"
Steven K. Feiner, Columbia University, USA
Patrick Olivier, University of Newcastle, UK
One of the original aims of research in VR was the realisation of truly
natural interaction with 3D graphical worlds. Central to this goal are
facilities by which users and systems are linked through input and
output based on natural language, speech and gesture.
On the one hand, language-based interaction with VR and 3D graphics has
progressed significantly from the discrete spoken commands and canned
alerts of early systems. Likewise, improved sensing and tracking
technologies, and the potential for unencumbered input, have led to a
renewed interest in gestural interfaces and the consideration of the
role of gesture and posture within VR.
A recent upsurge in interdisciplinary research, spanning psychology,
natural language processing, vision, speech and computer graphics, has
led to a number of significant projects incorporating language, speech
and gesture in VR.
This special issue of Virtual Reality is dedicated to issues in the use
of these three modalities in VR, and invites papers that consider (but
are not limited to) the following topics:
speech input & output for VR
natural language understanding for VR
natural language generation for VR
gestural interfaces to VR
language, speech and graphics coordination
multimodal fusion in VR
evaluation of language, speech and gesture for VR
applications of language, speech and gesture for VR
Papers will be peer-reviewed in accordance with the Journals normal
process. Papers submitted for consideration should be between 4500-6000
words in length (double-spaced) and should report original research or
Papers should be submitted in Word or PDF format, via e-mail to:
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General information concerning the Virtual Reality journal can be found
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15 April 2004 Call for papers.
15 July 2004 Paper submission deadline.
15 September 2004 Notification of acceptance.
15 November 2004 Deadline for receipt of camera-ready papers.