Call: Federal Consortium of Virtual Worlds 2015 Workshop

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Federal Consortium of Virtual Worlds 2015 Workshop

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Human Research and Engineering Directorate, Simulation and Training Technology Center’s Military Open Simulator Enterprise Strategy (MOSES) and AvaCon are pleased to announce the Federal Consortium of Virtual Worlds 2015 Workshop will take place on March 6-7, 2015 in a virtual conference center designed specifically for the event.

The Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds invites proposals to be a speaker, presenter, or performer at the workshop. While lecture style presentations are acceptable, we highly encourage proposals that are interactive in nature, involve the audience in hands-on learning experiences, or otherwise showcase and take advantage of the immersive nature of the OpenSimulator platform. In addition, though we will provide an auditorium-style venue for breakout sessions, we encourage presenters to consider constructing or sharing a build, region, or other audio-visual aids beyond a PowerPoint slide presentation to accompany their presentation. OAR and IAR uploads can be coordinated with workshop organizers if your proposal is accepted.

Review the specific Calls for Proposals in each track below and submit your proposal using the form at the bottom of the call page. See here: http://consortium.militarymetaverse.org/call-for-proposals/

ALTERNATIVE USER INTERFACES TRACK
The Alternative User Interfaces track explores the use of hardware and software interfaces that promote enhanced usability and richer user interaction in 3D immersive spaces. Research and practical applications in the use of these technologies within 3D virtual world simulations or for 3D training applications are welcome.

Topics of interest include:

  • Head-Mounted Display Devices
  • Gesture-based Interaction
  • Brain-Computer Interfaces
  • Neural Interfaces
  • Affective Computing
  • Navigation and Mobility Technology
  • Novel User Interaction Devices
  • Mobile Clients
  • Alternative Engines
  • Accessibility Solutions

KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER TRACK
The Knowledge Transfer track seeks public sector participants for a panel entitled “Public Service Education in Virtual Worlds: Past, Present, and Future.”  The panel participants will discuss public service education uses for virtual world learning simulations as well as will feature panelists’ views on public service virtual world education projects from the past, present, and future.  Presenters will be welcome to showcase relevant Open Simulator virtual world learning simulation builds or islands with OAR and IAR uploads to be coordinated with workshop organizers if you are selected to be on the panel.

METACOGNITION TRACK
The Metacognition track invites proposals that showcase the use of virtual worlds for training and education in ways that learners are aware of training objectives in real time and/or illustrate any methods for facilitating and measuring learner autonomy and metacognition. Proposals that are interactive, immersive and make use of the collaborative, shared experience of virtual worlds are encouraged and highly preferable to PowerPoint presentations.

Topics of interest include:

  • Design & Content Considerations
  • Incorporating Information Resources
  • Instructional Guidance & Learning Objectives
  • Progress Tracking & Learner Evaluation
  • Learner Clues & Managing Learner Strategy
  • HCI & Neurofeedback
  • Role-Playing & Cultural Sensitivity
  • Collaboration – Group Learning vs Individual Learning
  • Immersive Environment – Real vs Effective

Track’s call specifics can be found here.

MILITARY APPLICATIONS TRACK
The Military Applications track seeks proposals and virtual world simulations that provide authentic experiences for tomorrow’s warfighter by simulating real-world situations and practical applications in preparation for combat readiness.

MODELING & SIMULATIONS TRACK
The Modeling and Simulation track welcomes proposals that demonstrate how 3D immersive virtual worlds model and simulate experiences that are compelling. The sessions feature improvements in physics, the use of artificial intelligence, innovative modeling and simulation techniques, LiDAR mesh generation, serious game design and integration with external technologies to explore the art of the possible.

Topics of interest include:

  • Physics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • LiDAR Mesh Generation
  • 3D mesh
  • Animations
  • Games and Simulations
  • Interoperability

SECURITY, PRIVACY, & IDENTITY TRACK
In the Security, Privacy and Identity Track, we seek proposals illustrating research and development into emerging, virtual world technologies that provide new opportunities to promote information superiority. Proposals are especially sought that use virtual world technology to define and animate issues and topics advancing the development of secure applications in support of training, education, research, and interagency collaboration. Research performed using virtual environment platforms other than OpenSimulator will also be considered as long as the concepts or techniques are broadly applicable.

Accepted proposals will include a plan to use interactivity within the workshop OpenSimulator environment that goes beyond a presentation-style Powerpoint session. Hosting OAR and IAR uploads may be accommodated to accompany presentations to involve demonstrations, tours, information management and interactive games. Sessions are sought for how individuals, groups, organizations, and the enterprise factor into assuring information superiority. Accepted proposals will include a description of how the virtual environment contributes to the overall collection of evidence of impact. Please indicate whether you are willing to participate in a group session on a similar topic proposed.

Topics of Interest related to Security, Privacy and Identity include:

  • Information Assurance toward Accreditation
  • Open Source Software and Architecture
  • Crypto-currency for Virtual Worlds
  • Citizen-Cyberwarriorship
  • Fraud Risk Reduction and Detection
  • Identity Theft Risk Reduction and Detection
  • Internet of Things
  • Avatar Capabilities across Worlds
  • DNS for Virtual Worlds

Further Information
For more details and submission forms please refer to the FCVW website.

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