Research Track

The Research Track will explore the ways in which OpenSimulator has become a laboratory for research in a wide range of areas, from computer science and engineering to ethnography and economics.

Call for Contributions

We invite submissions describing results of theoretical, technical, empirical, conceptual and experimental work in virtual environments. While the primary interest of this conference is the use and expansion of the OpenSimulator platform, interesting work performed using other virtual environment platforms will also be considered.

Topics of Interest

We invite your submissions in the areas of applications, infrastructure, content, and social impact. This includes the following:

  • OpenSimulator applications in various domains, including but not limited to Health Sciences, Urban Planning, Military Training, Education, etc.
  • Design of, and experience with, OpenSimulator modules and extensions
  • Performance studies of OpenSimulator and other virtual environment platforms
  • Immersive and collaborative information visualization
  • Integration with external simulation frameworks
  • Connecting the real world and virtual world, cyberphysical systems
  • Non Player Characters (NPCs) in virtual worlds
  • Studies of virtual communities and the impact of virtual worlds on social issues
  • Virtual Worlds and Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs)
  • Studies of business practices in virtual worlds
  • Studies of artistic expression through virtual worlds

Types of Contributions

We accept the following kinds of contributions:

  • Research papers: papers that push the boundaries of knowledge in interesting and scientifically sound ways.

  • Experience reports: papers that describe experiences with the use of OpenSimulator and related technologies.

  • Artifacts: executable packages (e.g. region modules, Web-based addons, etc.) that perform innovative functions. Artifacts accepted for presentation are expected to be shown live during the conference, in some capacity.

How to Submit

A publication style paper is requested for all contribution types. We encourage the liberal use of screenshots and in-world images. All submissions must conform to the following general typesettings and limits:

  • Body text: 12 point, Times (roman) font, single-spaced

  • The submission must not exceed 8 pages, including figures and citations

Each submission will be reviewed by two members of the PC. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their scientific and educational value.

Submissions are open. Please submit your paper here.

Presentation Types

Submitted work can be in a variety of maturity stages, from very early work to fully matured. The Program Committee will select the conference program accordingly; some submissions will be invited for a live presentation at the conference, while others will be invited to be presented as posters or in-world video.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: July 1st, 2013
Notifications: August 1st, 2013

Accepted speakers must register for the conference by August 7, 2013 in order to be included in the conference schedule and program.  You may wish to register for the conference even before receiving notification  to ensure that your registration has been processed by the August 7th date.


Program Chairs

Mic Bowman, Intel Research, USA
Crista Lopes aka Diva Canto, University of California Irvine, USA
Austin Tate aka Ai Austin, AIAI, University of Edinburgh, UK

Technical Program Committee

Olivier Battini, virrea / New World Grid, France
Tom Boellstorff, University of California Irvine, USA
David Burden, Daden Ltd., UK
George Djorgovski, Caltech, USA
Aaron Duffy, Utah State University, USA
Edmund Edgar, SLoodle and Avatar Classroom, Japan
Shun-Yun Hun, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Daniel Livingstone, University of the West of Scotland, UK
Kay McLennan, Tulane University, USA
Gregor Schiele, DERI, Ireland
David Harris Smith, McMaster University, Canada
Robin Teigland, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden


Presenter Contact Information

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Presentation Information

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