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International Conference on Information Visualisation - IV '97

27 - 29 August 1997
London, UK

Organised by GraphicsLink Association and supported by Visualisation & Graphics Research Unit of School of Computing in South Bank University.

The proceedings of International Conference on Information Visualisation - IV '97 will be published by IEEE Computer Society.

Scope and Theme

The theme chosen for this conference is "From Research To Practice". In recent years, visualisation has added a new impetus to the field of information processing. The development of visualisation permits us to walk even faster through an ever widening information highway. This conference is aimed to focus on widening aspects of visualisation not only on computer-based practices but also on new streams of activities. This three day event will focus on the practical/industrial, education and new research and developments of visualisation by bringing together outstanding educators, professionals and researchers of the field. It will comprise of invited lectures, papers and plenary sessions reviewing the present state-of-the-art, discussing future directions or reporting new results on the prospective fields. It is to cover all aspects and sub-areas of visualisation and graphics. The particular emphasis of this GraphicsLink-series is on "Information Visualisation".

Communication and contact addresses:

Dr E Banissi
(REF: GraphicsLink...IV'97 )
Visualisation & Graphics Research Unit,
South Bank University
103 Borough Road,
London SE1 0AA
Tel: +44 (0)171 815 7476
Fax: +44 (0)171 815 7499<


GraphicsLink... IV-97,
Conference Secretariat,
PO Box 12905
London N16 6JX

Ebad Banissi


ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology 1997
15 - 17 September 1997
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

Sponsored by


Web site

Aims and Scope

The ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST) is a major international conference on the technical aspects of virtual reality. This is the fourth VRST conference, with previous conferences held in Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong. VRST's programme includes papers and tutorials on the latest VR technology and applications. It attracts a wide range of international attendees, providing an excellent opportunity to sample state of the art research from many international VR research centers, and interact with researchers from around the world. Papers from previous VRST conferences have been published in ACM Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction (Vol. 2, No. 3), and the May 1996 issue of the Communications of the ACM. In addition, VRST '97 provides an excellent opportunity to visit Switzerland and other parts of Europe.

VRST offers a high quality technical programme. Papers were reviewed by an international program committee and 30 have been selected out of 76 submitted. The proceedings of VRST '97 will be published by ACM Press, and will be available internationally after the conference through ACM and its agents.


15 September 1997

The Fourth UK VR-SIG Conference

1 November 1997
Brunel University, UK

Preliminary Announcement and Call for Participation

Web Site

Following on from successful conferences held in Nottingham, Reading and Leicester, the 4th VR-SIG conference is to be hosted by Brunel University at its Runnymede Campus.

This one day conference will include presentations of refereed papers, poster sessions and exhibitions. High quality papers are sought describing recent and novel research in the area of Virtual Reality and related topics. The conference is primarily concerned with current research in the UK, however high quality papers from international research groups will be considered.

Conference Topics Include (but are not limited to):


Conference Proceedings are refereed and will be allocated an ISBN. Printed proceedings will be supplied free of charge providing company sponsorship can be secured. The proceedings will be produced electronically and made available via the web and anonymous FTP. Copies will also be available on disk to VR-SIG members with no Internet access.

VRSIG Membership

Application forms to join UK VR-SIG are available from the chairman, Robin Hollands (e-mail: Membership is free of charge.


Although attendance at the conference is free of charge for UK VR-SIG members, the number of delegates is limited to 120. Further announcements regarding registration will be made in due course. In the absence of company sponsorship a small fee (£5) may be charged to help cover administrative costs.


Please send proposals for exhibits and demos (including details of space required) to Richard Bowden at the above address by 26 September 1997.


Brunel University is located on four campuses: at Uxbridge, Osterley, Twickenham and Runnymede. All are within easy reach of London, Heathrow Airport and the national motorway system. The conference will be held in the Chapel Suite at the Runnymede Campus. Information on getting to Brunel can be found here.

Further information on the conference is available on the web at the UK VR-SIG's web server at

Richard Bowden
Vision & VR Group
Dept M & ES
Brunel University

Tel: +44 (0)1895 274000 ext 291 5


4 - 8 September 1997
Budapest, Hungary

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

The conference organisation makes extensive use of the Internet: publicity, registration, proposals, paper submission (and the referreeing process) etc, will be done primarily through e-mail and the Web. It is important to put the following among your favourite addresses:

EG '97 Web home page

Local organiser's e-mail

The Web pages give regular updates of all necessary information related to the conference (conference topics, international programme committee, paper submission formats, final programme, travel and registration information, etc). Visit us regularly to keep up to date!

Ivan Herman and Gergely Krammer
Conference Co-Chairmen

Euro-VR Mini-Conference '97

10 - 11 November 1997
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Call for Papers

European mini-conference on Virtual Reality applied to the exploration of complex data.

The conference will consist of a number of invited/contributed presentations and demonstrations. During the conference there is the unique possibility to use the SARA-CAVE (Academic Computing Services Amsterdam) for demonstration purposes.

Day one of the conference will be focused on industrial applications of VR in Europe, while the second day will be research targeted and technology focused. We are planning to invite end-users from industry and researchers throughout Europe who are involved in, or who intend to apply in the future, virtual reality techniques in the exploration of complex time dependent datasets.

The conference will be sponsored by European Commission Foundation High Performance Computing Netherlands (HPCN) programme and High Performance Computing (HPC) net (a European Network of Excellence).

A selected number of presentations will be published afterwards in a special issue of FGCS: Future Generation Computer Systems including: The International Journal of Computational Science (Editors in Chief: L O Hertzberger and P M A Sloot).

The Need for VR

With the development of HPC techniques and the increase in the availability of computer power, large and complex time-dependent datasets are generated in simulations used in industrial and scientific applications. These datasets are not only large, but they also represent simulations of increasingly complex phenomena which often vary dynamically. In many cases visualization, or other exploration techniques, of these complex datasets is one of the few options to analyse data and to obtain further insight into the simulated phenomena. Typical examples are climate modelling, biomolecular modelling, surface physics, simulations of fluid dynamics, diffusion, and reactivity in complex three dimensional geometries, which are relevant in a wide variety of applications (permeability of porous media, ground water pollution growth phenomena in physics and biology). In a wide range of medical and biological applications the availability of VR techniques suitable for the exploration of large time-dependent datasets (for example CT-scan, MRI, confocal microscopical data) is an important pre-requisite.

Examples and Topics

Successful examples of applications of VR techniques are "minimally-invasive surgery" simulators and in biomolecular research on protein docking. Minimally-invasive surgery simulators allow surgeons to rehearse and refine a surgical procedure prior to an actual operation using patient specific models, thereby reducing invasiveness and improving outcome. An example of problems encountered in the exploration of biomolecular structures is protein docking where information on the matching of one molecule with the contours and charge of another molecule is required. This docking activity is crucial in the proteins ability to promote and inhibit chemical reactions. Although the docking process can be partly investigated through simulation, in many cases visual and haptic inspection is necessary to obtain further insight. The haptic information is then obtained by "feeling" how two molecules fit.

The Sara Cave

In the first half of 1997 an advanced Cave Automatic Virtual Reality Environment (CAVE) has been installed at SARA (Academic Computing Services Amsterdam). The CAVE has been funded in the framework of the VERNE project (Virtual Environment for Research in the Netherlands) by HPCN, PPS Mibiton and NCF (Foundation National Computing Facilities). With the SARA CAVE, researchers will have access to a unique state-of-the-art research tool, one of the first in Europe, in an environment characterised by a large concentration of HPC tools. The possibility to visualize complex structures, their evolution as a function of time and their response to external actions has potentially far reaching consequences for the advance of Science and Technology. The SARA CAVE therefore will create powerful new research opportunities over a broad range of disciplines, both in the public and the private sector. In particular it is an environment in which computer scientists co-operate in applications stemming from a wide variety of scientific disciplines e.g. biomolecular research, surface physics, research of catalysts etc.


P M A Sloot
(Chair, Faculty of Mathematics Computer Science, Physics & Astronomy, University of Amsterdam)

Contact Address

K Klerkx
Bureau HPCN
Appelweg 163818 NN Amersfoort
postbox 11793800 BD
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 33 4220 230
Fax: +31 33 4220 231

UK UNIRAS and AVS User Group Meeting 1997

17 - 18 November 1997
University of Birmingham, UK

The 1997 annual conference is being organised by the joint UNIRAS and AVS User Group and will be held at the University of Birmingham Conference Park. The conference is aimed at AVS and UNIRAS users from both industry and higher education. AVS/UNIRAS is usually well represented by key management and technical personnel, so the conference provides a valuable opportunity to find out about new developments.

The conference will have exclusive use of Horton Grange, on the University of Birmingham Conference Park. Horton Grange was built during the early years of this century as an Edwardian style gentleman's residence which now stands in its own attractive and peaceful grounds. It has its own bar and Conservatory Dining Room and 32 modern en-suite bedrooms of a high specification in the adjacent North and South wings. The Conference Park itself is located very close to the University campus and has good rail links with the rest of the UK and Birmingham International Airport as well as offering ample free car parking.

Presentations are being requested on various topics:

We welcome short abstracts on proposed presentations or full papers which will be published as part of the conference proceedings. Accepted talks and papers will entitle the presenting author to free registration for the conference.

Please send submissions to:

Malcolm Austen via e-mail to

or by post to:

Malcolm Austen
Oxford University Computing Services
13 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6NN

For further information about the conference see:

For further information about the UK UNIRAS and AVS User Group see:

Paul Hatton

Multimedia Technical Expo '97

1 - 3 November 1997
College of Engineering

Join us at the first Annual Multimedia Technical Expo held at the College of Engineering at Fribourg, Switzerland. Multimedia Technical Expo will be an event like no other. Taking place immediately after the 41st MPEG meeting held at the same location.

The MultiMedia Technical Expo is a not-for-profit forum established for the purpose of making multimedia a practical proposition. The forum provides an environment to achieve several goals such as:

The primary focus of the Expo is therefore closely linked with breakthroughs in technology and innovation in applications and services. It is expected, however, that Expo sponsored events will, in due time, take a distinctly commercial aspect with the maturing of multimedia as a viable business area.

On the first day of the Expo a Seminar on MPEG-4 will be held. Well known experts active in MPEG will provide technology information and updates on this basic multimedia technology.

Exhibiting space is limited. Please complete the Registration Form found at:

and send it to:

Media Planning Group
Fax: +1 630 377 3951

or e-mail:

Fernando Manuel Bernardo Pereira, PhD
Professor Instituto Superior Tecnico
Av. Rovisco Pais
1096 Lisboa Cdx

CSG 98

1 - 3 April 1998
Royal Hotel, Winchester, UK

Set-theoretic Solid Modelling: Techniques and Applications

Call for Papers


Ralph Martin, Alexander Pasko

Programme Committee:

Hanspeter Bieri, Adrian Bowyer, Wim Bronsvoort, Stephen Cameron, Patrick Campbell-Preston, B K Choi, Jordan Cox, Chris Hoffmann, K C Hui, Robert Joan-Arinyo, Fumihiko Kimura, Pramod Koparkar, David Lavender, Y T Lee, Dinesh Manocha, Martti Mantyla, Jai Menon, Dominique Michelucci, Alan Middleditch, Jim Miller, Ari Rappoport, Dieter Roller, Jarek Rossignac, Vadim Shapiro, Moshe Shpitalni, S T Tan, Robert Tobler, Don Vossler, Tony Woo, Brian Wyvill, Geoff Wyvill

In Co-operation with:

The Geometric Modelling Society Institute of Mathematics and its Applications


This series continues to provide a unique forum for the presentation and discussion of work on CSG techniques and applications. For this third conference, we aim to emphasise the contribution that ideas from CSG are making to solid modelling and CADCAM as a whole, in particular the way in which techniques based on point-sets yield benefits such as robustness.


Topics include but are not limited to:


Submissions may be research papers or reviews. Note that, in contrast to previous conferences in this series, full papers and not abstracts are required initially. Papers should not exceed 4000 words or 15 pages of proceedings.

All contributions will be refereed by the Programme Committee, and minor revisions may be requested. The Co-chairs will select the final programme from the referees' reports. The deadline for submissions is:

Full Papers:
30 September 1997

Contributors should expect to receive referees' reports by early October, and camera-ready copy (incorporating revisions) will be required by 31 December. Submission implies a commitment to present your paper in Winchester; early travel plans and authorisations are suggested. Presenters will receive a discount on registration, which will be at the same rates as CSG 96.

The CRC format is available from the organisers at the address below, and will in any case be sent to the authors of accepted papers. The Proceedings should be available at the conference, and will be published in hardback, uniform with the proceedings of CSG 94 and CSG 96 (available at reduced prices to mark this call). For further and more up-to-date information, please see our web site:

or e-mail:

or contact:

John Woodwark
Information Geometers Ltd
47 Stockers Avenue
SO22 5LB
Tel: +44 1962 841996
Fax: +44 1962 842130

Ralph Martin

Tel: + 351 1 8418460
Fax: + 351 1 8418472


Complexity and Fractals in the Sciences5th International Multi-disciplinary Conference
25 - 28 October 1998
Valletta, Malta

1st Call for Papers

Submission deadline:
30 January 1998

The latest information is available on:

Please submit your paper to:

Dr Miroslav M Novak
School of Physics
Kingston University
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 181 547 7481
Fax: +44 181 547 7562

British Computer Society

21 - 23 April 1998
National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford, UK

Call for Submissions

Television and Broadcasting on the Internet, Web and Networks

The British Computer Society Computer Graphics & Displays Group will hold an international two day meeting on this theme. A book based on, but not restricted to, papers presented at the event will be published after the meeting. There is a lot of current interest in the convergence of computing, telecommunications, television and broadcasting. Media organisations can put their information on network servers and periodically update it. Users download what they are interested in. Tools and techniques for accessing, interacting with, and displaying, media information are on the increase. Strategies for overcoming bandwidth limitations are needed.


Topics to be covered may include (and are not limited to) the following:

Other areas of interest will also be considered by the editors.

Selection of papers for presentation at the meeting will be by invitation or by review of abstracts. Chapters for the book will be selected by review of full papers. Initial interest should be expressed by contacting the co-chairs at the addresses given below with three paper copies or one e-mail copy of an abstract giving a title, a description of the paper content, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of author(s), a contact address (e-mail and/or postal), telephone and/or Fax number. If a paper is accepted for the meeting, one of the authors will be expected to attend to present it. In this case conference fees will be waived for the presenter.

Important dates

Receipt of abstracts
1 November 1997

Agreement on draft programme (Notifications to authors)
1 December 1997

Final programme confirmation
15 January 1998

Receipt of papers for meeting
1 February 1998

Receipt of final papers for book (Illustrations and electronic text)
1 April 1998

Meeting (2 days during)
21 - 23 April 1998

Acceptance of final book format
30 April 1998

The meeting will be preceded by two days of courses and an exhibition will be mounted to run concurrently with the programme. Course Proposals are also invited. The event will take place at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford, UK.

Co-Chairs Contact Addresses:

Please send all submissions to the first named person below. Queries can be addressed to any of the Co-Chairs.

Prof R A Earnshaw
Electronic Imaging and Media Communications
University of Bradford
Tel: +44 (0)1274 384001
Fax: +44 (0)1274 383727

Prof Huw Jones
Centre for Electronic Arts
Middlesex University
Cat Hill

Prof John A Vince
Virtual Reality Society
PO Box 316
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH117 5YA
Tel: +44 (0)1444 414792
Fax: +44 (0)1444 414792

Roy Middleton
University of Edinburgh
The Kings Buildings
Mayfield Road
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4994
Fax: +44 (0)131 650 6552


9 - 13 February 1998
University of West Bohemia

The Fifth International Conference in Central Europe on Computer Graphics and Visualization 98 in cooperation with IFIP working group 5.10 on Computer Graphics and Virtual Worlds.

Conference Chairs:

Nadia Magnenat Thalmann, MIRALab-CUI, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Vaclav Skala, University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic

Information for authors:

Contribution deadline:
Camera ready format A4
30 September 1997

Maximal length:
10 pages including tables and figures

Black/White pictures for proceedings only

Original+3 copies

Notification after review:
30 November 1997

Final version:
10 December 1997

Notification of acceptance:
30 December 1997

Preliminary Registration:

Vaclav Skala
University of West Bohemia
Czech Republic

Tel: +420 19 2171 188 subj. WSCG INFO subj.: WSCG

Real Time Computer Graphics for Virtual Environments

18 December 1997
University College, London, UK

EPSRC Visualization and Virtual Environments Community Club

Invited Speakers:

Prof Fred Brooks (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
Prof Phil Willis (University of Bath)
Prof Rae Earnshaw (University of Bradford)
Prof Steve Feiner (University of Columbia, USA)
Prof Mel Slater (University College, London)
Dr Roger Hubbold (University of Manchester)
Dr John Crowcroft (University College, London)

Prof Mel Slater
Department of Computer Science
University College London
Gower Street

Tel: +44 171 419 3709
Fax: +44 171 387 1397

Eurographics UK '98

25 - 27 March
University of Leeds


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