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------------FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS------------
The International Society on Virtual Systems
           and MultiMedia presents

     The 7th International Conference on
         Virtual Systems and MultiMedia
                  VSMM 2001
 ENHANCED REALITIES: Augmented and Unplugged
        http://www.vsmm.org/vsmm2001

             25-27 October 2001
  University of California, Berkeley, USA


         VIRTUAL HERITAGE COLLOQUIUM
       23-24 October, San Francisco, USA


                 HOSTS:
    UCB Center for Design Visualization
      International Society on VSMM


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AUTHOR SCHEDULE
Paper Deadline 18 June 2001
Acceptance Notification 3 August 2001
Manuscript Submission 3 Sept 2001
VSMM Conference: 25-27 October 2001

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Conference information details listed below.
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ENHANCED ENVIRONMENTS
Picking up where virtual reality and technology 'assistants' left off, enhanced environments are rapidly emerging as a major multidisciplinary research, development, and deployment area today through the explosion in wireless technologies (and bluetooth standard), small and easily deployable sensor technologies, networked off-the-shelf 2 and 3D cameras, pattern recognition algorithms, smart mobile phones, RFID tags, GPS and location trackers, etc. Papers which present innovative research in wireless virtual and augmented environments, including mobile computing, mobile learning, wireless entertainment / games, and mixed reality are encouraged.

VIRTUAL HERITAGE
This year will showcase the most innovative work in the field, including new imaging and modeling techniques, large scale terrain modeling, geo-temporal 3D databases, remote sensing and GIS for culture, laser scanning and data capture, object and image restoration and modeling, virtual reality for museums, kiosks and site explanations. Papers accepted will cover a range from technical tools and techniques, to actual site environments that use new techniques for historical re-enactment, storytelling or site reconstruction. Heritage, museum, and cultural officials working with technology are encouraged to submit case studies.

SPECIAL VIRTUAL HERITAGE COLLOQUIUM [23-24 October]
sponsored by the Virtual Heritage Network <http://www.virtualheritage.net>
For 3 consecutive years VSMM has brought together researchers from around the globe focused on the new field of Virtual Heritage. In response to user demand, a special Colloquium will be held immediately prior to the full conference to debate, explore, and begin to address issues including: international standards and metadata, funding and collaboration, and application of emerging technology. Due to high demand and the need to keep the discussion focused, space will be limited to 25 attendees. To facilitate a productive and fruitful Colloquium, we hope to select a diverse international cross section of professionals, government officials, and academics from the spectrum of preservation, heritage, culture, museum, computing technology and new media. Shortly, an online form will be made available for those wishing to apply to reserve a space.

IMMERSIVE ART AND CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY
This session will present the latest work in 3D art and creative technology with special emphasis on real-time interactive and immersive systems. Paper topics include museum art and exhibitions, wireless art, networked experiences, open-ended generative systems, site-specific installations, new media, and experimental art forms are encouraged to apply.

SPECIAL SESSION ON EMERGING VIRTUAL ENTERTAINMENT
With entertainment/game consoles rivaling the power of flight simulators, and game engines taking over 3D standards, entertainment is playing an increasingly strategic role in the Virtual and 3D worlds. And with the increasing crossover between Military and Entertainment applications traditional lines are blurring and new alliances being forged. This session will explore and debate both theoretical and practical issues pertaining to this virtual cross-cultural area. Technical papers, from processes to applications and tools are encouraged. Theoretical papers that discuss philosophical, moral or the future issues of this emerging industry are highly encouraged.

VIRTUAL DESIGN, PROTOTYPING & TRAINING
Virtual Design & Training is the first area of Virtual Reality to yield commercially viable applications. This session presents the papers for the following three sub-categories:

:::INDUSTRIAL
Papers exploring 3D virtual design, prototyping, and telerobotic applications in engineering (macro and micro), aerospace, defense, automotive, petrochemical, manufacturing, and related areas. Case studies and papers presenting business and human factors benefits will be particularly welcome. Also welcome are papers presenting practical techniques for assessing human performance in virtual environments - situational awareness, transfer of skills, navigational performance and cognitive mapping.

:::ARCHITECTURAL
Papers exploring advances in applied 3D design and prototyping in the architectural field (as distinct from 3D CAD and CAE), from applications of image-based modeling and rendering, to 3D scanning, applications of Web3D in architectural design and training, virtual design, and the issues of virtual 'placemaking'.

:::MEDICAL
Topics here include telemedicine and telesurgery, virtual surgery, virtual patients (and the importance of training delivery using task abstraction vs. physiological fidelity) VR and micro- and nanotechnology for biomedical applications, surgical robotics using VR or other advanced human-system interfaces, virtual hospitals and operating theatres (for training), case studies (transfer of skills, especially), Web-based surgical training, and so on.

INFORMATION
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