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Deadline for receipt of manuscripts: 30 June 1999
Papers are invited for a special issue of ACM Transactions on Computer Human
Interaction on the topic of Collaborative Virtual Environments (CVEs).
CVEs are multi-user virtual realities that exploit a sense of spatial
arrangement to support co-operative work. The defining features of CVEs are
that several participants can independently navigate through a computer
generated virtual world, can communicate with one another and can jointly
manipulate virtual objects. From a conceptual standpoint, CVEs aim to
exploit space as a resource for managing cooperative work, an issue that has
been raised by studies of cooperation in the real world. From a practical
standpoint, there is a potentially wide range of CVE applications in areas
such as entertainment, virtual meetings, information visualization,
simulation and training and 3-D design. CVEs may be realized in a wide
variety of technologies ranging from simple text interfaces to 3-D graphical
environments.
CVEs first emerged as a research topic in the early 1990s and CVE papers
have appeared at conferences such as CHI, CSCW, VRST, Multimedia and ECSCW
since then. Commercial interest in CVEs is also growing rapidly, especially
with regard to on-line communities and entertainment. Research work on these
environments now represents the convergence of a number of disciplines and
traditions central to the development of interactive systems. These include
computer scientists, social scientists, human factors specialists and
multimedia artists and designers. Papers are encouraged from all of these
disciplinary perspectives.
This special issue will be edited by Steve Benford of the University of
Nottingham, Tom Rodden of the University of Lancaster and Paul Dourish or
Xerox PARC.
We are soliciting high quality and original manuscripts that make a
substantive contribution to identifying issues or developing solutions
involving CVEs. Topics include (but are not limited to):
*       CVE architectures and systems design
*       CVE experiences, studies and evaluation
*       Techniques for user representation and interaction within CVEs
*       Approach to the development of CVEs
*       Novel applications of CVEs
*       Theoretical papers on CVEs and CVEs in relation to other
collaborative technologies
TOCHI's normal journal refereeing standards will apply.
Submission format: TOCHI uses digital submission and distribution of
manuscripts. Details of the submission process can be found at
http://www.acm.org/tochi/. Please indicate in your cover letter that you are
submitting your manuscript for the special issue on Collaborative Virtual
Environments.
If you have any questions, please contact the editors at: [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> or [log in to unmask] or
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Deadline for receipt of manuscripts: 30 June 1999

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Jonathan Grudin, Editor
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction

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