Graphics Co-ordinator's Report
Potential of Virtual Reality for UK Higher Education
A workshop was held on this topic just before Christmas. The intention was
to review the current status and to make recommendations to AGOCG and other
relevant bodies on the needs of the community for introducing the use of
virtual environments where this can be seen to be effective. A report of
the workshop will be produced as AGOCG report 28 (contact me if you would
like a copy). An updated version of the Survey of Activity in this area
will also shortly be available. This is AGOCG report 27. A combined report
will be included in the SIMA set of reports which subscribers will receive
automatically. A summary of the recommendations is included in this newsletter.
An update of what we decide to do with them will be published in a future
Computer Graphics, Visualization and Multimedia in the Curriculum
AGOCG are linking with Siggraph and Eurographics to hold a workshop (provisionally
scheduled for late May) on the curriculum for computer graphics, visualization
and multimedia. If you are interested in being involved please contact me
AGOCG are considering developing a set of training materials for the visualization
package Explorer. These would probably follow the pattern of those developed
for AVS. I would be interested to know if you feel you or your site could
take advantage of these before we decide whether or not to go ahead.
Readers who have not already done so should look at the Siggraph WWW pages.
These contain information on the various activities, publications, etc of
Siggraph as well as some useful educational resources put together by the
Educators Group under the leadership of Scott Owen.
This can be found at: http://www.siggraph.org/
Funding for 1996/7
Like all HEFC funded initiatives, we are waiting to see what effects the
budget cuts will have on the activities of AGOCG for 1996/7. We are, however,
pleased that the EPSRC will be continuing its support of the Visualization
Community Club and hopefully also the publication of this newsletter. We
feel that AGOCG offers the Funding Councils, through its Joint Information
Systems Committee (JISC), and the Research Councils good value and hope
to continue to offer a programme in support of the JISC Strategy which will
be published in mid-1996.