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From: (Gurminder Singh)
Subject:  CFP: VRST - Virtual Reality Software and Technology
Date:     17 May 1994 05:59:57 GMT

[ Article crossposted from ]
[ Author was Gurminder Singh ]
[ Posted on 17 May 1994 05:55:33 GMT ]

You are invited to attend VRST'94, the Conference on Virtual Reality
Software and Technology. Detailed information on the following is


To get a printed copy of the registration package, please contact Vicky Toh
at phone +65 772-2003, fax +65 778-2571 or email


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         *                   V R S T ' 9 4                    *
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         *                   Conference on                    *
         *       Virtual Reality Software and Technology      *
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         *                 August 23-26, 1994                 *
         *                     Singapore                      *
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         *     Sponsored by ACM SIGCHI and ISS, Singapore     * 
         * In Cooperation with ACM SIGGRAPH, CGS & IFIP TC.13 *
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         *    C A L L   F O R   P A R T I C I P A T I O N     *
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Keynote Speaker: Michael Deering, Sun Microsystems, U.S.A.

Invited Speakers
Steve Bryson, NASA Ames, U.S.A.
Junji Nomura, Matsushita Electric Works, JAPAN 


Novel 3D Techniques & Devices

Multisensory Scientific Data Sensualization Through Virtual Reality Technology
Tetsuro Ogi, Michitaka Hirose
University of Tokyo

An Inertial Head-Orientation Tracker with Automatic Drift Compensation 
for use with HMDs
Eric Foxlin, Nat Durlach
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A New Ultrasonic VR Positioning Principle Yielding Pseudo-Absolute Location
Hugh L. Applewhite
Piltdown Inc.

A Study of the Synthesis of Environmental Sounds
Michitaka Hirose, Shin'ya Komori, Toshiki Nagumo
University of Tokyo


Natural Gesture in Virtual Environments
Alan Wexelblat
MIT Media Lab

A Logical Hand Device in Virtual Environments
S. Augustine Su and Richard Furuta
Texas A&M University

Towards a Vision-Based Hand Gesture Interface
Francis K.H. Quek
University of Illinois at Chicago


A User-Defined Virtual Environment Dialogue Architecture
Anthony Steed and Mel Slater
QMW University of London

The Virtual Workbench: Dextrous VR
Timothy Poston, Luis Serra
National University of Singapore

Designing in Virtual Reality: Perceptual-Action Coupling and Affordances
Gerda J.F. Smets, Pieter Jan Stappers, Kees Overbeeke, Charles van der Mast
Delft University of Technology

Modeling & Animation

A Geometric Modeling and Animation System for Virtual Reality
Sean Halliday, Mark Green
University of Alberta

Fuzzy Aggregation of Motion Factors for Human Motion
Jiyun Lee, Kwangyoen Wohn
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Steps and Ladders in Virtual Reality
Mel Slater, Martin Usoh, Anthony Steed
QMW University of London

Collision Detection

Virtual and Real Object Collisions in a Merged Environment
Daniel G. Aliaga
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Efficient Virtual Collision Detection for Multiple Users in Large 
  Virtual Spaces
Kim Michael Fairchild, Timothy Poston, William Bricken
National University of Singapore

Level-of-Detail Generation and its Applications in Virtual Reality
Peter Astheimer, Maria-Luise Poche
Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (FhG-IGD)

Designing Effective Virtual Worlds

Envisionments - Constructing Dramatic Virtual Worlds
Maggie Cooper, Ivor Benjamin
City University

Real Time Graphics and VR for Driving Simulation in Urban Environments
Salvador Bayarri, Marcos Fernandez, Mariano Perez, Francisco Rosich
University of Valencia

Managing Mutual Awareness in Collaborative Virtual Environments
Steve Benford, Lennart Fahlen, John Bowers
University of Nottingham


Dancing with the Virtual Dervish
Diane Gromala, Marcos Novak, Yacov Sharir
The University of Texas at Austin


Hands off my VR: The Role of Gestures in VR
Organizer: Mark Green, University of Alberta, CANADA
(Panelists to be announced)

Enabling Technologies for VR
Organizer: Daniel Thalmann, SFIT, SWITZERLAND
(Panelists to be announced)

Tutorials - August 23, 1994

Tutorial 1: Introduction to Virtual Reality Design

Steve Bryson, NASA Ames, USA
Steven K. Feiner, Columbia University, USA

Full day (9:00 - 17:30)

This tutorial will survey the theory and development of VR user interface
techniques. These techniques encompass a variety of hardware and
software technologies and allow natural display and control in
three-dimensional interactive environments. These technologies will be
surveyed with a focus on the design of applications. 

Tutorial 2: Three Dimensional Graphics Hardware

Tzi-cker Chiueh, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA

Half day (9:00 - 12:30)

This tutorial will cover the basic operation primitives for 3D graphics, 
including both polygonal and volume rendering, and their hardware support. 
We will examine both the processing requirements and the display subsystems 
of 3D graphics, and focus particularly on hardware structures that exist 
in current commercial offerings such as SGI and Sun, as well as those in the
research stage as the PixelFlow machine from UNC, the Cube machine
from SUNY at Stony Brook, and the Ray Casting machine from Cornell and Duke.

Tutorial 3: dVISE - Using the Virtual Design Environment(tm) 
            with your Existing CAD Models

Pierre duPont, Division Limited, UK

Half day (9:00 - 12:30)

This tutorial will introduce participants to the dVISE Virtual Design
Environment, an interactive virtual reality authoring tool.  Its
easy-to-use interface brings virtual reality out of the research
laboratory, away from the domain of programmers, and onto your
desktop.  Working in either the traditional flat-screen or advanced
immersive modes (or both), dVISE allows you to quickly create and
experience your own virtual worlds without any software development
knowledge. The session is structured to teach through example and discussion,
rather than by lecture.  Thus you will find the tutorial full of
demonstrations and actual, live activities, and a willingness to ask
questions and participate in the design will be to your advantage.

Tutorial 4: Geometrical Modeling and Animation for VR

Mark Green, University of Alberta, Canada

Half day (14:00 - 17:30)

This tutorial will cover the basic ideas behind geometrical modeling and
animation, concentrating on the techniques that are most applicable to
the development of VR applications. The major geometrical modeling
techniques are reviewed and their use in the construction of virtual
environment is discussed. The main techniques used in computer animation
are briefly described. The emphasis is placed on behavioral animation,
which is the animation technique that best meets the requirements of
virtual environments. OML, a freely available modeling and animation 
language, is used to illustrate the various techniques covered in the

Tutorial 5: Graphical and Acoustical Rendering for VR

Peter Astheimer and Stefan Muller, Fraunhofer-Institute for Computer Graphics, 
Half day (14:00 - 17:30)

This tutorial will describe software and hardware needed to fulfill the
realism requirements for the acoustical and graphical presentation of
immersive virtual environments. For graphical rendering, the focus will
be on the preparation pipeline of CAD-data towards a photo-realistic
presentation and on advanced rendering techniques to achieve
high-quality real time rendering. For acoustical rendering, the basic
techniques, device utilization and future prospects will be discussed.

(Note: The organizers reserve the right to alter the program 
as may be necessary.)
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Foreign Participant Sponsorship:  o Sponsored  o Non-sponsored

                Fee Category          Until July 23, 1994 | After July 23, 1994
                                       0% GST** 3% GST**  | 0% GST** 3% GST**
Society Member  o Conference only*      US$500  US$515    |  US$600  US$618
Non-Member      o Conference only*      US$550  US$566.50 |  US$600  US$618
Students*       o Conference only*      US$275  US$283.25 |  US$300  US$309 
                o Tutorial 1            US$300  US$309    |  US$330  US$339.90
                o Tutorial 2            US$150  US$154.50 |  US$165  US$169.95
                o Tutorial 3            US$150  US$154.50 |  US$165  US$169.95
                o Tutorial 4            US$150  US$154.50 |  US$165  US$169.95
                o Tutorial 5            US$150  US$154.50 |  US$165  US$169.95

* Conference registration fee covers lunches, refreshments, reception, 
  banquet and proceedings. A special reduced fee is available for full-time
  students. Proof of full-time student status is required. Send a copy
  of student ID or a letter from department. Since VRST'94 is a 
  self-supporting event, fees cannot be waived for attendees 
  making presentations.

**GST: Goods and Services Tax - 3% GST must be included in conference and
  tutorial fee for all local and foreign non-sponsored participants.
  For foreign sponsored participants, GST should be rated at 0%.
  (You are considered a sponsored participant if your conference trip
  is being financed by your employer or out of your research grant.)

Remittance Details for Registration (in US Dollars)

All payments should be made to the National University of Singapore
in US Dollars. Personal and company cheques will not be accepted.
Bank drafts must be made payable to a Singapore bank. Please indicate
means of payment:

Bank Draft or Money Order No.: ___________________________________________
Issuing Bank: _____________________________________________________________

Credit Card:  o Master Card    o Visa    o Eurocard
Card Holder's Name: ________________________________________________________
Card No.: __________________________ Expiration Date: ______________________

Signature: _______________________________________________________

Cancellation & Refund Policy: 70% of the registration fee will be
refunded if a cancellation notice in writing is received by 
August 1, 1994. No refund will be made beyond this date.


I wish to confirm my accommodation at the Omni Marco Polo Hotel.
Cost per room per night: SIN$165 (Single) SIN$180 (Double)

Arrival Date: _____________________ Departure Date: _______________________
Please check one: Single___ Double ____

All rates are subject to 10% service charge and 1% cess tax, plus
3% GST. Rates include continental breakfast. Hotel payment should 
be made in Singapore dollars. US$1.00 = SIN$1.60 approx.

Lower-priced accommodation may be available to students. Please check 
with Vicky Toh (see address below).

Completed forms are to be returned to:

Attention: Vicky Toh
Institute of Systems Science
National University of Singapore
Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 0511

Phone: +65 772-2003   Fax: +65 778-2571  Email:

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VRST'94, the Conference on Virtual Reality Software and Technology,
presents a high-quality forum for innovative virtual reality research 
and development.  The conference will bring together researchers, 
developers and users of VR for a four-day program. Since the field 
of VR is still evolving, the scope of the conference is broad.  
Among the areas that VRST '94 will cover are :

o  Software Architectures for VR
o  VR Interaction and Navigation Techniques
o  Tools and Techniques for Modeling VR Systems
o  Distributed VR Systems
o  Motion Tracking
o  Telepresence and Telerobotics
o  Spatial Audio
o  VR Input and Output Devices
o  Innovative Applications of VR
o  Human Factors of VR
o  Evaluation of VR Techniques and Systems

The VRST '94 program includes papers, panels, tutorials, demonstrations, 
an opening plenary and invited talks, and a conference reception and banquet.  
The opening plenary and invited talks will be delivered by pioneers of VR, 
who will share their vision of the field with the attendees.

All payments should be made payable to National University of Singapore 
in US Dollars.  Personal and company checks will not be accepted.  
Bank drafts must be made payable to a Singapore Bank.  Only  
Master Card/Visa/Eurocard credit cards will be accepted.

Situated at one of the most important crossroads of the world, 
Singapore is truly a place where East and West come together.  
Here you will find Chinese, Indian and Malay communities living 
harmoniously together, their long established cultures forming a 
unique backdrop to a clean and modern garden city.  English is 
spoken everywhere and is the common business language of all.  
Few places on earth promise such a delight for the palate, 
with gourmet cuisines from over 30 countries.  Singapore's 
climate is warm and welcoming all year round, with temperatures 
ranging from 28 degrees Celsius in the day, to 23 degrees Celsius by night.

Located in the midst of the fashionable Tanglin district, the 
hotel is a short walk from the shopping and entertainment area 
of Orchard Road and the world renowned Botanic Gardens.  
The financial districts of Shenton Way and Collyer Quay are 
only a 10 minute drive and the hotel is 18 km or 30 minutes 
from Changi International Airport.  Facilities include:   
business center providing secretarial, telecommunication, 
personal computer and word processing services;  swimming pool 
and fitness center;  shopping arcade;  barber shop/beauty salon;  
24-hour room service;  French provincial restaurant and coffee 
house serving international and local cuisine.   Additional benefits:  
hair-dryers in all rooms;  platter of fruits and welcome drink 
upon arrival, daily newspaper and extended checkout time to 
4.00 pm subject to room availability.

   Institute of Systems Science
   National University of Singapore 
   Heng Mui Keng Terrace
   Kent Ridge 
   Singapore 0511

Pre-conference Tel : +65 772-2003,  +65 772-2020
During Conference Tel :  +65 772-2005,  +65 772-2096,  
                         +65 772-2020,  +65 772-2003,  +65 772-6608
Available at the Institute of Systems Science between 8.15 am - 5.00 pm on 
August 23 & 24, 1994.

Conference registration fee covers lunches, refreshments, reception, 
banquet and proceedings.

World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd. will publish the conference 

The working language of the conference will be English, which will be 
used for all printed material, presentations and discussions.


General Chair:

Juzar Motiwalla, ISS, Singapore (

Program Co-Chairs:

Gurminder Singh, ISS, Singapore (
Steven Feiner, Columbia University, USA (
Daniel Thalmann, SFIT, Switzerland (

Panels Chair: Mark Green, U Alberta, Canada 

Tutorials Chair: Hiroo Iwata, U Tsukuba, Japan

Demos Chair: Luis Serra, ISS, Singapore

International Coordination Committee:

Michitaka Hirose, U Tokyo, Japan
Rob Jacob, Naval Research Lab, USA
Daniel Thalmann, SFIT, Switzerland

Program Committee:

William Bricken, U Washington, USA
Pere Brunet, U Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
Steve Bryson, NASA Ames, USA
Michael Deering, Sun, USA
Kim Fairchild, ISS, Singapore
Lennart Fahlen, SICS, Sweden
Michael Gigante, RMIT, Australia
Martin Goebel, Fraunhofer Institute, Germany
Mark Green, U Alberta, Canada
Michitaka Hirose, U Tokyo, Japan
Hiroo Iwata, U Tsukuba, Japan
Rob Jacob, Naval Research Lab, USA
Tosiyasu L. Kunii, U Tokyo, Japan
Beth Marcus, Exos, USA
Margaret Minsky, Interval Research, USA
Randy Pausch, U Virginia, USA
Timothy Poston, ISS, Singapore
Alfred Schmitt, U Karlsruhe, Germany
Luis Serra, ISS, Singapore
Mel Slater, U London, UK
Susumu Tachi, U Tokyo, Japan
Nadia M Thalmann, U Geneva, Switzerland
Colin Ware, U New Brunswick, Canada
Beth Wenzel, NASA Ames, USA
David Zeltzer, MIT, USA
Michael Zyda, Naval Postgrad School, USA

Gurminder Singh                                    Email:
Institute of Systems Science                    
National University of Singapore                   FAX:   (65)778-2571
Kent Ridge, Singapore 0511                         Phone: (65)772-3651

Gurminder Singh                                    Email:
Institute of Systems Science                    
National University of Singapore                   FAX:   (65)778-2571
Kent Ridge, Singapore 0511                         Phone: (65)772-3651