The International Society on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia is proud to
announce the 5th International Conference on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia
1999 (VSMM'99):

Next Generation Virtual Reality
"Milestones for a New Virtual Millennium"
1 - 3 September, 1999, Dundee, Scotland, UK

Information: http://www.vsmm.org/vsmm99

Papers Due Date: 1 May 1999
Notice of Acceptance: 15 June 1999
Manuscript Due Date: 18 July 1999
Conference: 1- 3 September 1999

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Scotland's Official Host of VSMM99 Conference:
University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland
http://www.tay.ac.uk

CONFERENCE THEME
In the spirit of defining concrete milestones for virtual reality and
multimedia technologies, VSMM'99 conference will explore Next Generation VR
through five main sessions: 1) Technical, 2) Creative, 3) Commerce, 4)
Virtual World Heritage and 5) Gaming and Entertainment. VSMM99 will
integrate these sessions together through an exciting lineup of plenary
sessions, invited talks from world-renowned experts in each field, lectures,
workshops and social activities. We encourage the submission of papers that
approach a topic from one of these five session perspectives. Topics related
directly to virtual reality and MultiMedia applications include:

1) TECHNICAL
Technical sessions are designed to present technical lectures and workshops
on the research and development of virtual reality and multimedia
technologies. Papers are invited which present innovative research into
mixed reality, human interface and sensing, immersive virtual environments,
industrial applications, robotics, medical and biological, modeling and
theory, multimedia, network and tele-communications, web/Internet.

2) CREATIVE
Creative sessions are designed from an artistic viewpoint, offering talks
and workshops on innovative solutions, processes, critical debate and
imaginative uses of technology. Papers are invited which explore the areas
of creativity, artistic theory, design, processes, methods and innovative
applications. Main topics include: film, CD-ROM, DVD, web, nonlinear
scripting, interactive performance, interactive TV, theme parks, games and
other areas which use VR and multimedia technology.

3) COMMERCE
This session will present the development of critical issues relating to the
industry and commercial side of the Virtual Reality and MultiMedia. Papers
are invited which explore the areas of medical, moral, legal, production,
commercialization and trade, political, ethical, marketing, standardization
and common protocol development.

4) Virtual World Heritage
VSMM98 hosted the first Special Session on Virtual World Heritage, with the
kind support of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre. It brought together for the
first time many experts in the fields of archaeology, history and
technology. It was highly successful and this year will continue with
further exploration. Papers which address architectural and artifact
construction, education, entertainment, historical information presentation,
planning and simulation, 3D geography/remote sensing, GIS, restoration and
tourism are encouraged to submit.

5) Next Generation Entertainment and Games
VSMM99 will host a special session on Next Generation gaming and
entertainment environments. The computer gaming industry has been a
recognized pioneer in multi-user interactive virtual environments. As we
approach the next generation of high-end virtual reality, it is expected
that the computer games industry will continue to pave the way in dealing
with the fundamental issues of persistence and evolvable environments.
Papers exploring virtual identity, security, evolutionary algorithms and
techniques, multi-players network systems, distributed environments,
persistence and evolvable environments, connectivity of heterogeneous
worlds, artificial life, novel hardware, and psychological effects analysis
are invited to submit.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE
To present a paper at the conference, a full paper (in HTML format) up to 10
pages maximum must be registered by 1 May 1999. The reviewing process is
done through an electronic web-based reviewing system. You must provide a
URL Web address for your paper, or send it in web-enabled format (html,
zipped archive, 20mb max) and we will host your pages from our server. You
may include movies, audio and graphics. Accepted authors will have the
papers published through CD-ROM, Web-page format and printed proceedings.
Papers will be reviewed and authors will be advised of three outcomes: 1)
Accept, 2) Accept for Poster, 3) Reject. Each successful author will be
expected to give a 20 minute talk, or provide a poster display.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
The conference will be held at the Stakis Hotel, in Dundee, Scotland,
overlooking the 3km wide river and its two bridges. The conference will host
many social activities and events that provide the true flavour of Scotland.
Dine on the Frigate Unicorn, the world's oldest floating wooden battleship,
explore Captain Scott's Antarctic research ship at Discovery Point. Or play
a round of golf where the game originated, visit scotch whiskey distilleries
like Glenmorangie and the ancient Glamis castle where Scotland's kings and
queens lived.

AWARDS
Several prestigious awards of recognition will be presented, including best
young researcher, Technical Excellence, Creative Innovation, Best New Entry
and Best Paper awards.

Official Conference Website: http://www.vsmm.org/vsmm99
International Society on VSMM: http://www.vsmm.org
Official Host: University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland: http://www.tay.ac.uk
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