Meeting the network: AVR Lab

On June 24th starts the 6th International Conference on Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Computer Graphics (Salento AVR 2019) in Santa Maria al Bagno (Lecce, Italy) organized by the Augmented and Virtual Reality Laboratory (AVR Lab) of the Department of Engineering for Innovation of the University of Salento as well as a member of EuroVR.

The AVR Lab team

AVR Lab is a research laboratory focused on Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies in medicine and surgery, cultural heritage and education. AVR Lab is also engaged in the design and development of advanced human-machine interfaces. Furthermore, it is involved in the research activities of DREAM, a multidisciplinary research laboratory located in the Hospital of Lecce.

In 2010 AVR Lab joined EuroVR , a network of research groups and companies interested in promoting Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies.

This year the annual International Conference on Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Computer Graphics (Salento AVR 2019) takes place in Santa Maria al Bagno (Lecce, Italy), 24-27 June 2019. The conference intends to bring together the community of researchers and scientists in order to discuss key issues, approaches, ideas, open problems, innovative applications and trends on virtual and augmented reality, 3D visualization and computer graphics in the areas of medicine, cultural heritage, arts, education, entertainment, military and industrial applications http://www.salentoavr.it

Find out more about AVR Lab:

MEETING THE NETWORK

Meeting the network is a new category to get to know the Association and its network. Once a month we will publish news about our members. If you are a member and you want to participate in this initiative, please send an email to communication@eurovr-association.org

Meeting the network: STIIMA-CNR

Here we are with our standing appointment: “Meeting the network“. Today EuroVR is glad to introduce its member STIIMA-CNR.

STIIMA-CNR stands for “Institute of Intelligent Industrial Technologies and Systems for Advanced Manufacturing of the National Council of Research in Italy”. The Institute’s strategic mission is the growth of competitiveness and sustainability of manufacturing in Italy and Europe through industrial innovation.

EuroVR President, Marco Sacco, is Senior Research Scientist and Head of STIIMA-CNR subsidiary in Lecco & EVA (Enterprise Engineering and Virtual Application) division. He is active in the VR field for over 20 years mainly in Manufacturing and Health Care Sectors, leading research projects which aim to support industrial research and the transfer of research results to companies.

Virtual and Augmented Reality play a key role in the development and the deployment into European manufacturing companies of new and advanced human-oriented supporting tools. In fact, these technologies can put the human being as a center of a production system supported by new technologies.

Find out more about CNR-STIIMA, visit the official website http://www.stiima.cnr.it/en/

EuroVR 2019 Conference: 1st Call for Contributions

The 16th EuroVR International Conference  (23-25 October 2019 in Tallinn, Estonia), opens the 1st call for contributions. From this year on, all contributions are organized in two main tracks, each one divided into several categories as follows.

1) Scientific track submissions can be:

  • Long (14-20 pages) or short (8-10 pages) scientific papers: original, unpublished papers documenting new research contributions, practice and experience, or novel applications in VR or AV/AR/MR.
  • Scientific poster papers (4-6 pages): work in progress or other scientific contributions that do not fit one of the categories of this call, such as ideas for unimplemented and/or unusual systems.

For this track, the International Program Committee (IPC) chairs, with the Poster chairs for the second category of submissions, will select the accepted contributions thanks to a double-blind peer reviewing process among IPC members. All accepted papers will be published with the sizing corresponding to their category in the Scientific proceedings of EuroVR 2019, edited by Springer as a volume of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. For your convenience, indexing information of LNCS series is available on this Springer webpage.

2) Application track contributions can be:

  • Application talk (1 page abstract): best practices, practical use cases of VR or AV/AR/MR, project results of applications using such technologies in industry and other sectors, as well as actual or potential transfers of academic results.
  • Application poster (1 page abstract): recently completed VR or AV/AR/MR applied for work, application in progress, or unusual applications.
  • Demo & Exhibition (1 page abstract): live demonstrations of past and on-going projects. Technology developers and suppliers, exhibitors, digital artists, and members of the commercial VR or AV/AR/MR communities are all invited to exhibit and demonstrate the latest technologies and applications.

For this track, the Application chairs, Poster chairs, and Demo & Exhibition chairs, depending on the submission category, will manage acceptation of the contributions. All accepted abstracts in this track will be published in the Application proceedings of EuroVR 2019 as an ISBN-registered volume edited by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

JOURNAL INVITATION AND AWARDS

In addition, a set of the best-accepted contributions will be selected by a special committee structured according to the categories of the Scientific and Application tracks, to invite the authors of the selected contributions to submit an extended version to the open access journal Frontiers in Virtual Environments.
Last but not least, based on the work of the same special committee, best awards will be decided for each contribution category within each track. More information on the EuroVR best awards procedure will be available soon on the EuroVR 2019 website, as well as the winners of previous years.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

For all categories of the Scientific track, submissions have to be uploaded thanks to the Online Conference Service (OCS) of Springer. Information on the OCS page dedicated to the conference will appear in the submission guidelines: https://eurovr2019.eu/call-for-papers/submission-guidelines-scientific-track/
For all categories of the Application track, submissions have to be uploaded thanks to EasyChair. Information will be available soon in the detailed submission guidelines: https://eurovr2019.eu/submission-guidelines-application-track/

TOPICS OF INTEREST

Human factors issues

● User studies on all issues related to VR or AR/AV/MR
● Presence, realism, validity, and fidelity
● 3D user interfaces and/or 3D interaction metaphors
● Self-representation and embodiment, avatars, virtual humans
● Cybersickness and side effects
● Cost-effectiveness and cost efficiency

Technologies
● Virtual reality system architecture
● Collaborative and distributed VR or AV/AR/MR
● Augmented reality and mobile devices
● Augmented virtuality and tangible interfaces
● Mixed Reality
● Tracking and motion technologies
● Advances in display technologies
● Image-based 3D modeling and rendering
● Realistic rendering of dynamic or complex scenes
● 3D audio rendering and related technologies
● Haptics and force-feedback, algorithms, systems, and devices
● Real-time modeling & simulation
● Multimodal interaction in immersive environments
● Immersive collaboration: technologies, use cases, management
● Immersive analytics: interactions, models, architectures
● Artificial Intelligence for VR or AV/AR/MR
● Virtual humans for VR or AV/AR/MR

Applications
● Industrial applications
● Aerospace and Transport
● Construction and Architecture
● Manufacturing and Engineering
● Medical and Rehabilitation
● Product and Process design
● Robotics
● Training and Education
● Cultural heritage and other applications for culture
● Serious Gaming and Edutainment

DEADLINES

For the Scientific track, contributions deadlines are:
– Scientific paper submissions: June 3, 2019
– Scientific poster paper submissions: June 28, 2019
– Notification to authors for all Scientific categories: July 12, 2019
– Camera-ready for accepted contributions to all Scientific categories: July 29, 2019.

For the Application track, contributions deadlines are:
– Short abstract submissions for all Application categories: Aug 9, 2019
– Notification to authors for all Application categories: Sept 6, 2019

Camera-ready for accepted contributions to all Application categories: Sept 13, 2019
Early Bird registration: Sept 13, 2019Conference days: October 23-25, 2019

Visit the official website https://eurovr2019.eu for further information.

Phd position – Helmholtz School for Marine Data Science

Find out more about this new Ph.D. position for data scientists in marine science and submit your application before May 15th, 2019.

The Helmholtz School for Marine Data Science (MarDATA) is recruiting candidates for doctoral
studies (Ph.D.) at Germany’s leading institutes for marine research, GEOMAR, and AWI, together
with their partner universities in Kiel and Bremen.

We are looking for excellent graduates holding master degrees in computer science (“Informatik” in German), software architecture, data engineering, data analytics, advanced statistics, machine learning, numerical and applied mathematics, bioinformatics or electrical engineering/technical cybernetics.

The position

MarDATA, a graduate school financed by the Helmholtz Association, will define and educate a
new type of “marine data scientists” by introducing and embedding researchers from data science
into ocean sciences – from supercomputing and modeling, (bio)informatics, robotics, to statistics
and big data methodologies. Researchers from the German leading institutes for marine research,
the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI)
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research will jointly educate and supervise doctoral
candidates together with information & data science specialists from their partner universities in
Kiel (Kiel University) and Bremen (Universität Bremen and Jacobs University).
The broad education in joint block courses, international summer schools and colloquia will go
beyond a single discipline towards genuine scientific insight into and a more systematic treatment
of marine data.

More information can be found at https://www.mardata.de (Application deadline 15 May 2019)

EuroVR 2019 Conference: the official website is online

EuroVR and TalTech – Tallinn University of Technology are glad to announce the official website of EuroVR 2019 conference:  https://eurovr2019.eu/

In 2019, EuroVR annual event will take place from the 23rd to 25th October in TalTech Mektory Business and Innovation Centre (Tallinn, Estonia), a hub which connects research, leading businesses & innovative thinkers.

Topics

The conference is focussed on three main topics:

  1. Technologies related to Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality (VR/AR/MR), collaborative and distributed environments, mobile devices, 3D rendering issues, real-time modeling and simulation, multimodal interaction, use cases.
  2. Human factors issues: user studies and evaluation, presence and cognition, 3D user interfaces and interaction metaphors, self-representation and embodiment, virtual humans, sickness and side effects, realism, validity and fidelity, cost-effectiveness and efficiency.
  3. Applications of VR/AR/MR in industry, aerospace and transport, construction and architecture, manufacturing and engineering, medical and rehabilitation, process and product design, training and education, serious gaming and edutainment.

Important Dates

For Scientific papers (long & short) and Posters (long abstract) all submissions have to be uploaded on the Online Conference Service (OCS) of Springer which will be indicated on the EuroVR 2019 website soon:

  • Scientific paper submissions: June 3, 2019
  • Poster abstract submissions: June 28, 2019
  • Notification to the authors: July 12, 2019
  • Camera-ready: July 29, 2019

For Industrial abstracts, Demo & Exhibitors (short abstract), all submissions have to be uploaded on the EasyChair which will be indicated on the EuroVR 2019 website soon:

  • Submission: TBA
  • Notification: TBA
  • Camera-ready: TBA

Programme and Keynotes speakers will be available very soon.
Stay tuned and don’t miss the next updates!

University of Bremen: two positions open in VR

Are you looking for a job in the virtual reality field? This article is for you! Read more about the two Ph.D. positions open at the University of Bremen and submit your application.

Novel 3D Interaction Techniques for Collaborative, Immersive Scientific Visualization

A researcher with the Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality Group at the University of Bremen, Germany.

Project description

Building on the state of the art in virtual reality research, including latest developments of production-quality game engines, this Ph.D. project shall develop concepts, scientific visualization methods, 3D interaction metaphors, and immersive virtual reality tools for geographically remote researchers to share and explore a meaningful virtual environment for collaborative virtual fieldwork on the seafloor. The project will evolve around the visualization of cutting-edge, large scale photogrammetric scans of hydrothermal (black smoker) vent fields and related volcanic structures of the mid-oceanic ridges.

Aim

This PhD project will draw upon visualization resources both at the CGVR lab at University of Bremen (in particular, the two-user powerwall, i.e., large-screen stereoscopic projection wall with tracking and correct projection for two users simultaneously), and at GEOMAR (the ARENA2 visualization dome theatre) as well as head-mounted display “satellite systems” (e.g., wireless VIVE at CGVR), to form a connected ecosystem.

Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality Group Bremen

Researcher with the Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality Group at the University of Bremen, Germany.

Project Description

For several years now, innovative algorithms and methods for forward-looking space projects have been developed and researched within the framework of exploration projects funded by DLR Space Management. The knowledge gained and the algorithms developed are to be brought back to Earth as part of the project presented and made available as a key technology for mobility 4.0 in Germany. Within the framework of earlier space projects, algorithms for the planning and simulation of an autonomous spacecraft for the reduction of resources on asteroids were developed. The core contents of autonomous planning, navigation, and flight path optimization and control serve as a basis for the application of autonomous vehicles described here. The current project is based on results from an earlier project on autonomous driving and extends the research questions to real application scenarios by involving industrial partners.

Aim

The aim of the project is to automate recurring journeys in known areas and in particular to present solutions for cooperative maneuvers in such areas. For this purpose, the cooperation partners are working on the implementation in an application-oriented test field. Overarching goals of the project, which are to be implemented especially on real vehicles, are:

  • To create uniform software frameworks for the different requirements of highly-automated driving;
  • Transfer of know-how and algorithms from space travel for highly automated driving as well as the definition of requirements for modern satellite navigation;
  • Development of efficient 3D algorithms for geomatric computing in order to facilitate remote driving.

Qualification

Candidates should have an excellent Master’s degree or equivalent in computer science, or related disciplines such as mathematics, computational engineering, physics, etc. Required skills are solid experience in C++ software development, and a very good command of English (reading/writing/speaking). Ideally, you have specialized in real-time computer graphics or physically-based simulation, you are capable of effectively applying mathematical methods, and you have good knowledge of GPGPU programming. In addition, the successful candidate will be highly self-motivated, passionate about their work, and have a good ability to work both independently as well as in a team in a multidisciplinary environment.

How to apply

Applications should comprise a cover letter, complete CV including any achievements, degree certificates (including a list of courses and grades), names and contact details of at least two referees, and other credentials if any (e.g., recommendation letters, publications, etc.). Application by email is preferred. We encourage candidates to apply immediately but will continue to review applications until the position is filled. If you have any questions about the position, please do not hesitate to address them to the above email address.

Prof. Dr. Gabriel Zachmann
University of Bremen
Bibliothekstr. 5
28359 Bremen / Germany
zach at cs.uni-bremen.de

Visit the official website for further information.

 

Meeting the network: Virtual Dimension Center (VDC)

The Virtual Dimension Center (VDC) is the protagonist of this new article for the category “Meeting the Network”.

VDC is Germany’s leading competence network for Virtual Engineering. Based in Fellbach, it joined EuroVR Association in 2009 to get in touch with international experts in VR & AR and exchange know-how as well as experience in this fast-evolving field.
VDC strongly believe in the Association’s purposes so much that Christoph Runde, General Manager of the Virtual Dimension Center, is EuroVR Vice-President “Industry & End-user.

100 Technology and service providers, users, research institutions and multipliers work together in the VDC network along the entire value chain of Virtual Engineering- namely in 3D simulation, 3D visualization, product lifecycle management (PLM), and Virtual Reality (VR). VDC members gain improved innovation activity and higher productivity by acquiring additional information and cost advantages.

Moreover, VDC is co-organizer of the event XR Expo (Stuttgart – 3-4 July 2019) focused on professional applications in industry, architecture, trading, medicine and crafting in virtual, augmented and mixed reality.

Find more about the Virtual Dimension Center:

 

MEETING THE NETWORK

Meeting the network is a new category to get to know the Association and its network. Once a month we will publish news about our members. If you are a member and you want to participate in this initiative, please write an email to communication@eurovr-association.org.

Meeting the network: Laval Virtual

We are glad to introduce one of the corporate members of our international network: Laval virtual.
Laval Virtual joined EuroVR Association in 2014, and in the 20 years of its existence, this organization has established itself as a major facilitator for institutions active in the VR/AR and immersive techniques sector. It gathers and leads a community of professionals through the organization of events and conference programmes in Europe and Asia and provides various information services.

From 20th to 24th March 2019, virtual and augmented reality professionals from around the world will gather in Laval, France, for the 21st Laval Virtual show.
The 10,000 professional visitors expected, experts, savvy or keen to learn about immersive technologies, will be able to learn, interact and discover the numerous surprises that this leading international show has in store.

Last year at Laval Virtual 2018, the show welcomed over 320 exhibitors spanning 9,000 m2, involving over 150 speakers and attracting more than 18,500 visitors over 5 days.

 

Do not miss the next show, from 20th to 24th March 2019. You can benefit from a special discount with Euro VR:

  • Discovery Pass
    use the code EUROVR-DP-LV19 – €45 instead of €150
  • Full Pass
    use the code EUROVR-FP-LV19 – €290 instead of €490

Visit the official website for further information https://www.laval-virtual.com/attendees/

Laval Virtual 2019 : SAVE THE DATE !

🗓 #LavalVirtual 2019 : SAVE THE DATE !The biggest exhibition on #VirtualReality & #AugmentedReality➖ More than 330 exhibitors – 9,000 sqm(m²) – 18,400 attendees ➖Stay tuned ➡ https://buff.ly/2tixfmP#DareTheFuture#Exhibition #AR #VR #Event

Δημοσιεύτηκε από Laval Virtual στις Δευτέρα, 18 Ιουνίου 2018

MEETING THE NETWORK

Meeting the network is a new category to get to know the Association and its network. Once a month we will publish news about our members.
If you are a member and you want to participate in this initiative, please write an email to communication@eurovr-association.org.

Journal “Frontiers in Robotics and AI”: call for contributions

Are you interested in contributing to an open-access article collection on: “Emergent Technologies for Cultural Heritage and Tourism Innovation”? Don’t miss this chance.
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In collaboration with the journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI, the EuroVR Members Jolanda Tromp (PhD – SocialVR; Institute of Research and Development, Duy Tan University Da Nang, Vietnam) & Matthieu Poyade (Glasgow School of Art Glasgow, United Kingdom) are bringing together a selected group of international experts to contribute to an open-access article collection on: “Emergent Technologies for Cultural Heritage and Tourism Innovation”.

Submission

Will you be interested in submitting a manuscript?
The deadline for manuscripts’ submission is June, 3rd. As manuscripts are peer-reviewed and published on a rolling basis, you are welcome to submit your paper any time sooner. Accepted manuscripts may incur into Article Processing Fees ranging from 450 to 1,035 USD, depending on article type.
For any questions or concerns regarding submission:

AIDAA: Symposium “Human Centred Design for passenger’s enhanced comfort in Aircraft cabin”

On 9-12 September in Rome, it will take place the symposium on “Human Centred Design for passenger’s enhanced comfort and wellbeing in Aircraft cabin” during the XXV International Congress of the AIDAA (Italian Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics).

The symposium covers the following topics:

  • Noise and Vibration for cabin interiors;
  • Innovative non-structural materials for cabin items;
  • Human-Centered Design Approach for interior design;
  • Virtual Reality for human in the loop simulation of next-generation interiors;
  • Ergonomics studies for cabin interiors.

The Symposium is inspired to the research and activities done in the framework of the JTI Clean Sky 2 CASTLE (CAbin Systems design Toward passenger welLbEing) project, which aims at designing new-gen passenger cabin aircraft interiors for both Business Jet (flying office) and Regional aircraft with a Human-Centered Design approach.

You can submit your paper at the website: https://www.aidaa2019.com/index.php/papers-and-symposia