Dear Chi Colleages,

Following is the second call for participation for the IEEE Virtual Reality
conference to be held next March in Reno along with the 3DUI symposium and
the Haptics Interface symposium.  There are of course many CHI related issues
with immersive interfaces, and we hope many of you will have the ability to
participate.

	Thank you,
	Bill

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Bill Sherman
IEEE Virtual Reality 2008 General Chair
Technical Director
Center for Advanced Visualization, Computation and Modeling
Desert Research Institute
Reno, Nevada
775-673-7440
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www.cavcam.dri.edu

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                  ***  IEEE Virtual Reality 2008 ***

                     Second Call for Participation

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Highlights:
         - one-page paper summary due this Saturday (Sept 15)

         - submit summaries & papers to:
                 http://www.precisionconference.com/~vr

         - new posters submission process (due Nov 16)
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We invite you to participate in the IEEE Virtual Reality 2008
conference in Reno, Nevada, USA, March 8-12, 2008.  IEEE VR is
co-located this year with the IEEE 3DUI Symposium (March 8-9),
and the IEEE Haptics Symposium (March 13-14).

IEEE VR 2008 is the premier international conference and exhibition
in virtual reality.  It provides a unique opportunity to interact
with leading experts in VR and closely-related fields such as
augmented reality, mixed reality and 3D user interfaces.  Share
your own work and educate yourself through exposure to the research
of your peers from around the world.  And of course, there will be
time to renew friendships, make new ones and experience the beauty
of the snowy Sierra Nevada or tempt the odds in one of the many
casinos.

*** Conference website:
         http://conferences.computer.org/vr

*** Important Dates:
         Papers/Sketches extended abstracts due: September 15, 2007
         Papers/Sketches full submission due: September 20, 2007
         Workshop submissions due: October 1, 2007
         Tutorial submissions due: October 1, 2007
         Papers/Sketches review decisions expected: November 5, 2007
         Student Volunteer applications due: November 12, 2007
         Poster submissions due: November 16, 2007
         Panel submissions due: November 20, 2007
         Research Demonstration submissions due: December 1, 2007
         Video submissions due: December 3, 2007
         Camera-ready papers due: January 3, 2008


*** For general information about the conference, please contact:
         Bill Sherman, Desert Research Institute
         Doug Bowman, Virginia Tech
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IEEE VR 2008 will be held in conjunction with the IEEE Symposium
on 3D User Interfaces (http://conferences.computer.org/3dui),
which will share the opening weekend (March 8-9) with the VR
Tutorials and Workshops.  This year, the IEEE Symposium on Haptic
Interfaces (http://www.hapticssymposium.org) will follow VR on
March 13-14, allowing participants a greater opportunity to
participate fully in more of the overall program.


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*** Call for Papers ***

IEEE VR 2008 seeks original, high-quality research papers in all
areas of virtual reality, as well as augmented reality, mixed
reality and 3D user interfaces.  Research papers should describe
results that contribute to advancements in state-of-the-art
software, hardware, algorithms, interaction, or systems development.
Application papers should explain how the authors built upon existing
ideas to solve an interesting problem in a novel way, along with
any system evaluation.  Systems papers should indicate how the
implementers synthesized together several known techniques to
produce a good system with any lessons learned in the process, and
including any evaluation and/or benchmarking that was performed.

Paper authors should note that to offer a later deadline than in
past years, there is a change to the submission process this year,
and the authors must upload an extended abstract in advance of their
full submission.  This new process is necessary to meet the demands
of a considerably shorter review timeframe, and will allow reviewers
to be assigned in advance of the full paper deadline.

Extended abstracts should include the list of all authors,
keywords, plus a single page summary, similar in content to
the introduction of the paper.

   ** The submission deadline will be strictly enforced. **

Also we are pleased to announce that the IEEE Transactions on
Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG) journal has agreed
to accept extended versions of the top papers from the VR 2008
proceedings in a special section.

Papers must be in English, not exceed eight (8) pages in length and
be formatted using the IEEE Computer Society format described at
http://www.cs.sfu.ca/~vis/Tasks/camera.html. IEEE VR uses a
double-blind review process.  Submissions should not contain
information (including citations and optional videos) that
unnecessarily identifies the authors or their institutions or
places of work.  All papers must be submitted electronically.
Authors who do not have web access should contact one of the
program chairs listed below.

Authors may also submit videos to aid the program committee in the
review of their submissions.  Videos must be submitted following
the instructions at the conference website.  Videos submitted with
papers will automatically be considered for possible inclusion
in the video proceedings (video submissions may also be made
independently -- see "Call for Videos" below).  When submitted
as supporting material for a paper, videos must be free of
identifying information.  When included as part of the video
proceedings, a complete version of the video will be used.

The deadline for submitting extended abstracts is: September 15, 2007.
The deadline for submitting the full paper is: September 20, 2007.
Review decisions are expected to be announced: November 5, 2007.
The deadline for the camera-ready edition of the paper is: January 3, 2008.

*** For more information, contact the Program Chairs:
         Ming Lin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
         Anthony Steed, University College London
         Carolina Cruz-Neira, Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise
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*** Call for Posters ***

We invite the submission of proposals for technical poster
presentations.  Poster submissions might describe recently
completed work, highly relevant results of work in progress,
or successful systems and applications, in all areas of VR.
Since posters are not regarded as formal publications, work
submitted as a poster is elligible for future publication
in other venues.

Poster presentations will be an integral part of the conference,
with a session for interactive discussion between presenters
and attendees, plus a fast-forward presentation track where
authors can orally present a brief summary of their work to
all conference attendees.  Note that, in order to maintain
interactive and exciting poster presentations, we will require
at least one presenter per accepted poster attend the
conference.

Poster submissions must be in English, and must include a
camera-ready 2-page summary, plus a draft of the final poster.
Two-page summaries will be included in the proceedings, and
therefore must be formatted using the IEEE Computer Society
format described at http://www.cs.sfu.ca/~vis/Tasks/camera.html.

The deadline for poster submission (including camera-ready
         2-page summary and poster draft) is: November 16, 2007.
Review decisions are expected to be announced: December 21, 2007.

*** For more information, contact the Posters Chairs:
         Patrick O'Leary, Desert Research Institute
         Miguel A. Otaduy, ETH Zurich
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*** Call for Research and Application Sketches ***

The VR 2008 sketches (or "short papers") program provides a forum
to present the latest applications and research developments in all
areas of virtual reality, augmented and mixed reality, and 3D user
interfaces.  Sketches can provide overviews of newly-fielded VR
systems or first looks at new research results.  Sketches will be
peer-reviewed and published in the regular proceedings.

Research and Application Sketch authors should note that to offer
a later deadline than in past years, there is a change to the
submission process this year, and the authors must upload an
extended abstract in advance of their full submission.  This new
process is necessary to meet the demands of a considerably shorter
review timeframe, and will allow reviewers to be assigned in
advance of the full paper deadline.

Extended abstracts should include the list of all authors,
keywords, plus a single page summary, similar in content to
the introduction of the paper.

   ** The submission deadline will be strictly enforced. **

Research and Application Sketches must be in English, not exceed
four (4) pages in length and be formatted using the IEEE Computer
Society format described at http://www.cs.sfu.ca/~vis/Tasks/camera.html.
IEEE VR uses a double-blind review process.  Submissions should not
contain information (including citations and optional videos) that
unnecessarily identifies the authors or their institutions or places
of work.  All papers must be submitted electronically.  Authors who
do not have web access should contact one of the research sketches
chairs listed below.

Authors may also submit videos to aid the program committee in the
review of their submissions.  Videos must be submitted following
the instructions at the conference website.  Videos submitted with
sketches will automatically be considered for possible inclusion
in the video proceedings (video submissions may also be made
independently -- see "Call for Videos" below).  When submitted
as supporting material for a sketch, videos must be free of
identifying information.  When included as part of the video
proceedings, a complete version of the video will be used.

The deadline for submitting extended abstracts is: September 15, 2007.
The deadline for submitting the full sketch is: September 20, 2007.
Review decisions are expected to be announced: November 5, 2007.
The deadline for the camera-ready edition of the sketch is: January 3, 2008.

*** For more information, contact the Program Chairs:
         Ming Lin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
         Anthony Steed, University College London
         Carolina Cruz-Neira, Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise
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*** Call for Videos ***

We invite participants to submit videos showing the results of
VR-related research or applications, including efforts from 3D user
interfaces and mixed or augmented reality.  Videos describing work
in a submitted paper are welcome.  However, videos can and should
also be submitted independently of a paper submission.  Selected
videos will be included in the Video Proceedings.

Videos should be able to stand on their own and adequately present
their topic.  They must be between 2 and 5 minutes long and be
narrated in English.  Each video must be accompanied by a
one-page description including the title, a 200-word abstract,
references, acknowledgments, and contact information with author
names, affiliations and an email address for the lead author.
Each submission should also include a representative still image.

The format of the video submissions should meet the requirements
and quality expected of NTSC DVD-video.

When preparing the video, please make it as professional as
possible.  Producing a video already requires a significant amount
of effort, and spending just a little more effort to raise the
quality can make a big difference in how it is received.

The video committee is exploring new publication venues for wider
dissemination of the content, and are looking at the best way to
present them at the conference.

In the meantime: get the cameras rolling!

The deadline for video submissions is: December 3, 2007.

*** For more information, or details on video submission, contact
the Video Chair:
         Dirk Reiners, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
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*** Call for Panels ***

Lively discussions incorporating differing points of view help focus
attention on significant and/or controversial topics.  Interested
parties are invited to submit proposals for interactive panel
sessions with the goal of addressing a specific VR or related topic
from several perspectives.  Panel sessions should not be structured
as a series of individual stand-alone presentations but rather
should address debatable material that is presented in a lively
manner.  The goal should be to involve all panel participants and
engage the audience.

Panel proposals should be submitted electronically and should
include a title for the panel session, a brief description of the
overall issues to be discussed (roughly 500 words), and the names,
contact information and short (roughly 100 words each) biographies
for the organizer and each panelist.  Panelists should come from
multiple organizations.

The deadline for panel submissions is: November 20, 2007.

*** For more information, to inquire about a particular panel topic,
or to submit a proposal contact the Panels Chairs:
         Robert Lindeman, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
         Gabriel Zachmann, Clausthal Technical University
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*** Call for Workshops ***

Full-day workshops are intended to bring together researchers,
developers, and users for a lively discussion of issues and an
informal exchange of ideas and information.  Workshops may target
a specific application area, a specific research area, or a topic
of general interest.  We invite individuals or teams interested in
organizing such a workshop to submit proposals.  Workshops will
be held on March 8 and 9, alongside tutorials and the 3DUI
symposium.

Workshop proposals should be submitted electronically and should
include a title, a brief topic description (approximately 500 words)
including a statement of what the organizers expect from the
participants (such as position papers or preliminary research
results).  The description should also include any invited
speakers, and whether a panel discussion format will be used,
and the expected benefits of participating in the workshop.

The names, contact information and brief biographies (roughly 100
words each) of the workshop organizers should be included with
the submission.  The proposal should also identify the intended
audience, its size, and all technical requirements, including
space, audio/visual, computer, and communication needs, etc.

The tentative deadline for workshop submissions is: October 1, 2007.

*** For more information, or to submit a proposal, please contact
the Workshop Chairs:
         Mark Livingston, Naval Research Laboratory
         Jian Chen, Brown University
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*** Call for Tutorials ***

Learning and sharing knowledge are at the heart of our success.
Interested parties are invited to submit proposals for full-day
or half-day tutorials to be presented on March 8 or 9.  (Workshops
and the 3DUI symposium will also be held on these two days.)

Proposed tutorials may address topics of interest to the VR, mixed
or augmented reality, or 3D user interface communities, and may be
at an introductory or advanced level.  Proposals will be evaluated
on the basis of the tutorial's importance and suitability for
presentation in a tutorial format, as well as the qualifications
of the instructors, the overall balance in the tutorial program,
and the likely attendance of the tutorial.

Proposals are welcome on topics that have been previously
addressed; new approaches or insights are especially valued.
Submissions should include a statement indicating how proposals
differ from recent tutorial presentations that may have had a
similar topic.

Proposals for tutorials should be submitted electronically and
should include a title for the tutorial, proposed length, a brief
description of the topics to be addressed, including time alloted
to each (roughly 500 words), the level and intended audience, the
expected value to that audience, and the names, contact information
and a short biography (roughly 100 words each) for the proposed
instructors.  Also include whether the tutorial has been held
before (where and when), and if so, why it should be held again.

Some compensation is provided for tutorial presentations.

The tentative deadline for tutorial submissions is: October 1, 2007.

*** For more information or to submit a proposal contact the
Tutorials Chairs:
         Oliver Staadt, University of Rostock, Germany
         Maria Roussou, MakeBelieve
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*** Call for Research Demonstrations ***

We seek research demonstrations from laboratories or research groups
(academic, government, or industrial).  Demos should interest the
broad VR community and be presentable in a conference setting.

Accepted research demonstrations will be invited to participate in
an exhibition of new and innovative work.  The conference will
provide basic infrastructure for the demos.  In addition, authors
of accepted demonstrations will have a time slot in the Research
Demonstration Session to communicate more generally information
about the specific demo and other work being performed at the lab.
Proposals for research demonstrations should be submitted by email
to the research demonstration chairs.  Proposals should include a
one-page description of the demo and the set up, plus a one-page
description of the research lab itself (no more than two pages total).

The full-consideration deadline for research demonstration submission
is: December 1, 2007.  After this date, venue and publication space
cannot be guaranteed.  However, researchers are encouraged to contact
the chairs to discuss their potential demonstration, and the possible
opportunities currently available.

*** For more information or to submit a proposal contact the
Research Demonstration Chairs:
         Joseph L. Gabbard, Virginia Tech
         Daniel Acevedo, Brown University
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*** Invitation to Exhibit ***

IEEE VR provides a unique opportunity for your organization to reach
the world's foremost VR researchers and application builders.  We
invite companies, government organizations, and academic institutions
to showcase VR-related products -- hardware, software, integrated
systems, peripherals, innovations, literature or anything else of
interest to our conference participants.  Regular refreshments will
be offered in the exhibit hall, ensuring a good audience for
exhibitors.  Posters and research demos will also be located near
the exhibits.  Additional sponsorship and marketing opportunities
are also available.

*** For more information, contact the Exhibits Chairs:
         Skip Rizzo, University of Southern California
         Jarrell Pair, University of Southern California
         Sabarish Babu, University of Iowa
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*** Call for Volunteers ***

We are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic student volunteers to
help "make it all happen."  Volunteers may commit to ten or twenty
hours of volunteer effort and will receive conference registration,
proceedings, snacks, t-shirt and other items of appreciation based
on level of commitment.

The tentative deadline for student volunteer application is: November 12, 2007.

*** For more information, contact the Student Volunteers Chairs:
         Catherine Zanbaka, BAE Systems
         Ryan McMahan, Virginia Tech
         Simon Su, Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise
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                 IEEE Virtual Reality Conference 2008

                           March 8-12, 2008

                          Reno, Nevada, USA

                  http://conferences.computer.org/vr/

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