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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 newsletter.

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 soon.


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.

Siggraph Online

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.
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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.

Anne Mumford