VRST '97

ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology 1997

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

September 15 - 17, 1997

Sponsored by: ACM SIGCHI and SIGGRAPH

Final Programme

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 program includes papers and tutorials of 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 program. 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. Papers cover the following topics:

Input Devices
Geometrical Modeling
Distributed Environments
Time Critical Rendering
Realtime physics-based models
VR Software
Collision Detection
Applications of VR
Haptic Feedback
Avatars and Virtual Humans in VR
3D Interaction Techniques
Environment Design
Games and Entertainment
Augmented Reality


From Monday September 15, 9.00 to Wednesday September 17, 17.15.

Location and Organization

The conference's technical program will be held in EPFL campus, near the beautiful Leman Lake. Lausanne is a true mosaic of history, beauty, and interest. It is a touristic spot with the old town, the Lake, and the Olympic museum. It is also the ideal starting point for a tour of the Alps.
How to get to EPFL

Conference Chairs and Committee

General Chair: Daniel Thalmann, Computer Graphics Lab, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)

Program Co-Chairs:

Steve Feiner, Columbia University, New Yok , USA
Gurminder Singh, Institute of Systems Sciences, National University of Singapore
Daniel Thalmann, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)

International Program Committee

Steve Benford, University of Nottingham, UK
Massimo Bergamasco, Percro, Italy
Jens Blauert, Bochum University, Germany
Pere Brunet, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
Steve Bryson, NASA Ames, USA
Grigore Burdea, Rutgers University, USA
Tat Seng Chua, National University of Singapore
Michael Deering, SUN Microsystems, USA
Rae Earnshaw, University of Bradford, UK
Lennart Fahlen, Swedish Inst. of Computer Science, Sweden
Kim Fairchild, ISS, National University of Singapore
Dieter Fellner, University of Bonn, Germany
Pascal Fua, EPFL, Switzerland
Martin Goebel, GMD, Germany
Mark Green, University of Alberta, Canada
Michitaka Hirose, University of Tokyo, Japan
Larry Hodges, Georgia Tech, USA
Hiroo Iwata, Univ. of Tsukuba, Japan
Rob Jacob, Naval Research Lab, USA
Stanislav Klimenko, Institute for High Energy Physics, Russia
Myron Krueger, Artificial Reality, USA
Tosiyasu L. Kunii, University of Aizu, Japan
Nadia Magnenat Thalmann, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Margaret Minsky, MIT, USA
Junji Nomura, Matsushita Electric Works, Japan
Jun Ohya, ATR, Japan
Steve Pieper , Medical Media Systems, USA
Timothy Poston, ISS, National University of Singapore
Larry Rosenblum, Naval Research Laboratory
Luis Serra, ISS, National University of Singapore
Sung Yong Shin, KAIST, Korea
Mel Slater, University of London, UK
Sharon Stansfield, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Larry Stark, Berkeley, USA
Yasuhito Suenaga, Nagoya University, Japan
Yngve Sundblad, KTH, Sweden
Susumu Tachi, University of Tokyo Japan
Jose Teixeira, Centro de Computacao Graphico, Coimbra, Portugal
Colin Ware, University of New Bruswick, Canada
Michael Zyda, Naval Postgraduate School, USA)

Tutorials: Prem Kalra, MIRALab, University of Geneva

Organization and publicity: Zerrin Celebi, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)

Registration and local arrangements: Josiane Bottarelli, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)

Treasurer: Ronan Boulic, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)

Registration Fees

Tutorials (Wednesday 15)

members ACM and/or
non members
late registration
after August 10
or on-site



Registration includes:

members ACM and/or
non members full-time students
late registration
after August 10
or on-site




Registration includes:

Josiane Bottarelli
Email: bottarelli@lig.di.epfl.ch and vrst97@lig.di.epfl.ch
Fax: +41 21 693.53.28
Tel: +41 21 693.52.15

All conferences in room CO - 2

8.30-9.30 Registration

9.30-9.45: Welcome address by Daniel THALMANN, chair

9.45-10.30: VR Devices and Manipulation (1)

Chair: Mel Slater, UCL, UK

Interactive Two-Handed Gesture Interface in 3D Virtual Environments.
H. Nishino, K. Utsumiya, D. Kuraoka, K. Korida, Oita University, Japan

Horseback Riding Simulator with VR Technology
Y. Shinomiya , J. Nomura, Y. Yoshida, T. Kimura, Virtual Systems R&D Group Information Center, Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. Osaka, Japan

10.45-11.30: VR Devices and Manipulation (2)

Chair: Ian Palmer, University of Bradford, UK

Head Motion and Latency Compensation on Localization of 3D Sound in Virtual Reality
J. -R. Wu, C.-D. Duh, M. Ouhyoung, J.-T. Wu, National Taiwan University

A Framework and Testbed for Studying Manipulation Techniques for Immersive VR
I. Poupyrev, S. Weghorst, M . Billinghurst, T. Ichikawa, Hiroshima University, Japan

11.30-12.35: Collaborative Virtual Environments

Chair: Gurminder Singh, ISS, National University of Singapore

Access Control in Virtual Environments
A. Bullock, S. Benford, University of Nottingham, UK

Virtual Body Language: Providing appropriate user interfaces in collaborative virtual environments
J. Tromp, D. Snowdon,University of Nottingham, UK

A Versatile Navigation Interface for Virtual Humans in Collaborative Virtual Environnements
I. Pandzic, T. Capin, N. Magnenat Thalmann, D. Thalmann, University of Geneva and EPFL, Switzerland

14.00-16.05: Rendering and Level of Details

Chair: Igor Pandzic, University of Geneva

A Framework for Performance Evaluation of Real-Time Rendering Algorithm in VR
Ping, Green, and Lau, University of Alberta, Canada and HongKong Polytechnic

Managing Level of Detail through Head-Tracked Peripheral Degradation: A Model and Resulting Design Principles
Watson, Walker, Hodges, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

zLayer: Simulation depth with extended parallax scrolling
Onn, National University of Singapore

View Volume Culling Using a Probabilistic Caching Scheme
Slater and Chryusanthou, University College London, UK

Dynamic Implicit Surface Tesselation
M. Froumentin, E. Varlet , University of Lille, France

16.20-17.10: Vision

Chair: Pascal Fua, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Real-time Vision -Based Camera Tracking for Augmented Reality Applications
D. Koller, G. Klinker, E. Rose, D. Breen, R. Whitaker, M. Tuceryan, California Institute of Technology Pasadena, USA

Reading between the Lines _ a method for extracting dynamic 3D with Texture,
M. Proesman, L. Van Gool , University Leuven, Belgium

Image-based View Synthesis by Combining Trilinear Tensors and Learning Techniques
S. Avidan, T. Evgeniou, A. Shashua , T. Poggio, MIT, USA

17.30 - 18.30 Welcome cocktail (EPFL)

19.30 - 22.30 Conference Dinner, Chalet Suisse, Sauvabelin
(bus will leave EPFL at 19:00)

Wednesday, September 17

09.00-0940: Invited speaker : Lawrence J. Hettinger

Daniel Thalmann, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Adaptive, Virtual Interfaces for Advanced Aviation Applications
Lawrence J. Hettinger, Senior Human Factors Engineer, Logicon Technical Services, Inc. Dayton, Ohio and Adjunct Professor of Psychology Wright State University

09.40-10.45: Animation in VR

Chair: Mark Green, University of Alberta, Canada

Integration of Motion Control Techniques for Virtual Human and Avatar Real-Time Animation.
R. Boulic, P. Becheiraz, L. Emering, and D. Thalmann, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

An Efficient Collision Detection Algorithm using Range Data for Walk-Through Systems
S. Lee, J. Heo, K. Yun Wohn, KAIST, Korea

Fast Dynamic Simulation of Flexible and Rigid Bodies with Kinematic Constraints
A. Hummel and B. GirodUniversity of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

11.00-12.30: Integration and systems

Chair: Ronan Boulic, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Consolidated Manipulation of Virtual and Real Objects
Y. Kitamura, F. Kishino, University of Osaka, Japan

Using Subjective Views to Enhance 3D Applications
G. Smith , J. Mariani, Lancaster University, UK

Pano VR SDK - A Software Development Kit for Integrating Photo-Realistic Panoramic Images and 3D Graphical Objects intoVirtual Worlds
C-C.Chiang, A. Huang, T.Wang, M. Huang, Y. Chen, J. Hsieh, J.W.Chen, T. Cheng, Technology Research Institute of Taiwan

3D Palette: A Virtual Reality Content Creation Tool
M. Billinghurst, S. Baldis, L. Matheson, M. Philips, University of Washington, USA

13.40-14.45: Distributed VR

Chair: Tolga Capin, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

NetEffect: A Network Architecture for Large-scale Multi-user Virtual World
T. K. Das, G. Singh, A. Mitchell, P. S. Kumar, K. McGhee, National University of Singapore

The Process Agent Model and Message Passing in a Distributed Processing VR System
W. Blumenow, G. Spanellis, B. Dwolatzky, Univ. Witwaterstrand, South Africa

Efficient Navigation Around Complex Virtual Environments
A. Steed, University College London, UK

14.45-15.50: Interactive modeling

Chair: Lawrence Hettinger, Logicon Technical Services Inc., USA

A Study of Interactive 3D point Location in a Computer Simulated Virtual Environment
J. Boritz, K. S. Booth, University of British Columbia, Canada

Shape Deformations Using the Sensor Glove
L. Ma, R. Lau, J. Feng, Q. Peng, J. Wong, Zhejiang University and HongKong Polytechnic

Virtual Clay Modeling System
K. Kameyama, Toshiba R&D Center, Japan

16.05-17.10: Rendering

Chair: Daniel Thalmann, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Online Radiosity in Interactive Virtual Reality Applications
F. Schöffel, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Darmstadt, Germany

Modeling and Rendering of Outdoor Scenes for Distributed Virtual Environments
D. Schmalstieg, M. Gervautz, Technical University of Wien, Austria

Output-Sensitive Rendering and Communication in Dynamic Virtual Environments
O. Sudarsky , C. Gotsman, Israel Institute of Technology Haifa, Israel

17.10-17.15: Conclusion

Last modified: Sun June 29 1997Daniel THALMANN <thalmann@lig.di.epfl.ch>