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Virtual Worlds III

3-5 July, 2012, Paris, France

http://www.virtual-worlds.net/vw2012/

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce and call for papers for the Third
International Conference on Virtual Worlds (VW’2012) which will be held
from July 3 to 5, 2012 in Paris (La Défense).

Background

A Virtual World can be defined as a computer-simulated environment with its
own physical and biological laws, populated by dynamic interacting entities
such as artificial creatures and human avatars. Whereas Virtual Reality
largely focuses on the design of 3D immersive spaces, and Artificial Life
on the modeling and study of life-like systems, Virtual Worlds embrace both
dimensions by synthesizing an entire digital universe. Their design and
realization requires competency in various fields from Virtual Reality and
Physics to Artificial Life and Ecology, Computer Graphics, High Performance
Computing, and more.

Virtual Worlds have many applications in 3D simulation, computer games and
online business. However, the approach is still broader and more
fundamental. It also addresses the crucial problem of elucidating the
constitutive principles by which large numbers of interacting elements can
self-organize and produce emergent phenomena as they are observed in the
natural world. Therefore the study of Virtual Worlds is particularly
concerned with the formal basis of synthetic universes and offers a
promising new way to contribute to the understanding of Nature and of
complex systems in general.

Subjects

Topics of interest for the conference include, but are not limited to:

Virtual World applications <http://www.google.fr/intl/fr/options/>
-     Video games and entertainment <http://www.google.fr/intl/fr/options/>
-    Educational, medical <http://www.google.fr/intl/fr/options/> and
business solutions
-     Virtual economies
-    Social and philosophical implications
-    Virtual Worlds and Ecology
Virtual World technologies
-    High performance and low latency solutions
Virtual and Augmented Reality
-    “Avatarization”
-    Human-machine interfaces
Virtual World fundamentals
-    Artificial physics and chemistries
-     Complex systems, emergence, self-organization
Artificial Life
-    Artificial life and ecosystems
-    Evolution, co-evolution and adaptation
-     Collective intelligence, cooperation, communication
Artificial creatures
-     Avatars
-     Virtual creatures
-     Intelligent agents
-     Conversational agents


Keynotes Speakers :
Craig W. Reynolds and Ken Perlin

Submissions

The Program Committee of VW’2012 is looking forward to high quality papers
on substantial, original, and unpublished research.

Full papers may be submitted electronically from 16 October 2011 to 16
February 2012 via the conference website.

All submitted work will be assigned for double blind peer review. Authors
of accepted papers will be asked to register to the conference and present
their work.

Papers must be submitted in LNCS format and be up to 10 pages in length
including abstract, figures and references. Formatting instructions are
available at :  http://www.springer.com/lncs

Short papers (4 pages including abstract, figures and references) can also
be submitted and selected ones will be presented as posters during demos
session.


Artistic and technical demos are also welcome and can be submitted by
contacting [log in to unmask] before 12 February 2012.
Final demos has to be set up before 05 May 2012.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline:         16 February 2012
Notification of acceptance :         15 March 2012
Early registration before :         26 March 2012
Final paper deadline:          23 April 2012
Conference days :             03 July to 05 July 2012


We look forward to welcoming you at the conference!

Steering Committee
- Alain Lioret,    Université Paris 8 (Chairman)
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- Jean-Claude Heudin, Institut International du Multimédia (Co-chairman)
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- Stefan Bornhofen, EISTI (Co-chairman)
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- Jean-Claude Torrel,    Institut International du Multimédia (Co-chairman)
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Provisional Program Committee
Bruce Damer, DigitalSpace, USA
Jeffrey Ventrella, CDM, Vancouver, Canada
Sébastien Barot, Bioemco,  France
Evelyne Lutton, INRIA, France
Emmanuel Cayla, ESTP, France
Kevin Korb, Monash, Australia
Marc Métivier, Univ. Paris Descartes, France
Tom Barbalet, BIOTA, USA
Frederic Fol Leymarie, University of London, GB
Pierre Berger, Paris ACM Siggraph, France
Penousal Machado, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Jon Mc Cormack, Monash, Australia
Maciej Komosinski, Poznan University, Poland
Mathew Lewis, Ohio State University, USA
Robyn Taylor, Alberta, Canada
Simon Richir, Ensam Angers, France
Marc Ebner, Univ. Tübingen, Germany
Gerald de Jong, Darwin @Home, USA
Alan Dorin, Monash, Australia
Daniel Thalmann, EPFL, Suisse
Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann, Miralab, Suisse
Tatsuo Unemi, Tokyo, Japan
Leonel Moura, Portugal
Joseph Nechvatal, School of Visual Arts, USA

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