Monday, July 28, 2014

Lantern Part 2 of 2 - new Issue by the JVWR


Journal of Virtual Worlds Research

We are happy to announce the publication of the 2nd part of JVWR Lantern issue:

Volume 7, Number 2:

Lantern (Part 2 of 2)

The editorial team:
  • Yesha Sivan, Metaverse-Labs Ltd. & Tel Aviv-Yaffo Academic College, Israel
  • Abhishek Kathuria, The University of Hong Kong
  • David Gefen, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Maged Kamel Boulos, University of Plymouth, Devon, UK
In this issue, we take a review lantern and shed some light on some of this field’s aspects. Clearly, we do not cover everything. We will often see shadows and not the full image. Ultimately, we hope to encourage further exploring of the field.

The Lantern issue is published in two parts: Part 1 was published on Q1/2014.

Issue Editors' Corner Peer Reviewed Research Papers This issue concludes the publication of JVWR's Lantern issue with more unique reviews of the Virtual Worlds' field.

Enjoy your read!

More from the JVWR
  • We are taking our book publication (by Springer) to the next level:  Tentatively titled "The Handbook on 3D3C Virtual Worlds" this book will include new comprehensive chapters as well as enhancements of the manuscripts published in both parts of the Lantern issue. A large and unique review on Virtual Worlds.
  • We encourage researchers and scholars of technical aspects of virtual worlds, including Augmented Reality, Virtual money and new hardware technologies - to submit research papers to the JVWR.
    We are looking forward to hearing from you!
  • Enjoy reading previous published papers from all issues page on our web site.
  • Subscribe to our mailing list (on the top left of to receive JVWR news and updates (no spam guaranteed).
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Have a great summer vacation,

Prof. Yesha Y. Sivan
Editor In-chief

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 Lantern Part 1 issue cover

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Monday, June 30, 2014

My MIXiii 2014 Summary: Peres, Liu, 6000 people and me

Left to right: Prof. Yesha Sivan, Israel President Shimon Perese , and
H.E. Mme. Liu Yandong, Vice Premier, State Council, P.R.China
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to co-chair the MIXiii 2014 conference -- where we mixed Israel, Innovation and the International audience, etc. This is a short summary of my perspective mostly to capture my own learning as well as the highlights from MIXiii PR firm.

To my own lessons: we got over 1000 pictures, and I chose this one that portray some of these forces.
  • President Shimon Peres, a leader who embodies the spirit of innovation for the last 60 years. May we wish him the best in the years to come. 
  • H.E. Mme. Liu Yandong, Vice Premier, State Council, P.R.China -- she symbolizes the growing importance of China and the east. In fact, over 400 people came to MIXiii from China, and about 200 people from India. 
  • Woman all around; you will notice in the background at least four women  -- in fact there are less men than women in the picture. I think this is a telling sign.
Well, President Peres represents Isarel, Madam Liu represents the International. The people around -- led by ladies --  represent Innovation, and I - I represent the MIX :-)

Building such a mixed conference is always hard: lots of competing agendas and lots of egos. But at the end we made it. Many thanks to the co-chairs Yoav Chelouche (my Co-chair for the high-tech side), Ruth Alon and Benny Zeevi (from the BioMed Side). Of course to Avi Hason, the Government Chief Scientist who drove the government side and really enforced the international side of the event, and to to the team led by Lyne Ann. 

Highlights: MIXiii Israel Innovation Conference, May 20-22, 2014

  • MIXiii Opened With Fireside Chat With President Shimon Peres

  • Over 6,000 In Attendance

  • 300-Person Chinese Delegation

  • Large delegations also present are from India and Hong Kong.

The MIXiii Israel Innovation Conference, a first-of-its-kind event in the world, began on Tuesday, May 20 at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds. Hundreds of startups and well-known companies presented innovations at this unique conference in which both Life Sciences and High-tech events were running side-by-side, each exhibiting in separate venues, with the audience free to move from one location to the other without limitation. MIXiii was presented by Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI), the largest umbrella organization in Israel for the high tech and life science sectors. For more info, contact IATI here.

The event began with a Welcome Event hosted by MIXiii’s Chairpersons. Yoav Chelouche welcomed tech guests and Ruti Alon welcomed the BioMed and Life Science tech community. Israel's Chief Scientist Avi Hasson welcomed China's Vice Premier H.E Mme. Liu Yandong, Vice Premier, State Council, P.R China, who delivered the keynote speech. Liu highly praised Israeli innovation and spoke about the warm relations and bond between China and Israel.

Vice Premier H.E Mme. Liu Yandong: "China sees Israel as an important partner for innovation. Our two countries are complementary to each other in science and technology. We should explore the potential of sci-tech cooperation and facilitate joint research and development in a wide range of areas, so as to upgrade China-Israel cooperation to a new level."

This year’s conference had a special focus on China, underlined by the attendance of a 300-member Chinese delegation. There were also very large delegations this year from India and Hong Kong.

The keynote speech was followed by a Fireside Chat with The Honorable President of the State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, hosted by Wired UK Magazine Editor, David Rowan. The highlight of the chat was definitely President Peres taking a selfie with David’s camera. The photo is already going viral across Twitter!

There were a number of significant announcements made during the event, including:

  • Microsoft Israel announced its next accelerator program, with BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, which will focus on health tech.
  • Israel inked several tech agreements with China’s Silicon Valley, with 350 delegates from China in attendance.
  • Samsung Electronics' President Jung Son, announced new investments in digital health.  According to Jung Son, the company will expand its operations in medical monitoring and will invest in several Israeli companies operating in the field.
  • US pharmaceutical giant Merck (known in Israel as MSD) signed a cooperation agreement with the Chief Scientist of Israel through which Merck will choose to collaborate with one of the Israeli life science companies identified in the agreement, and the Chief Scientist and Merck will provide matching support.

Day One Highlights included:

  • The CEO Panel, moderated by Dr. Yossi Vardi, featured Michel Combes (CEO, Alcatel Lucent); Weili Dai (President and Co-Founder, Marvell Technology Group); Barry Greene (President & COO, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals); and Charles N. Kahn III (President and CEO, Federation of American Hospitals.)
  • Erez Vigodman, President and CEO of Teva presented a Keynote address on ‘Winning in the Age of Revolution.’
  • Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat spoke at the Happy Hour BioJerusalem reception.

The first day ended with the MIXiii 2014 Gala Event.

Day Two Highlights included:

  • Breakfast Reception with Matimop: Israel's Chief Scientist discussed promoting a joint industrial R&D grant program.
  • Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes announced plans to open a Bell Labs research center in Kfar Saba, near Tel Aviv to help the French network-equipment company make advances in Cloud technology. Prof. Danny Raz of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology will manage  the company's CloudBand unit.
  • Dr. C. Martin Harris, CIO and Chairman, Cleveland Clinic, presented a Keynote lecture on ‘The Role of Integrated Technologies in the Innovation of Medical Practice.’ “The Internet offers a new way of delivering healthcare to patients worldwide," says Harris.
  • Prof Daniel Tsiddon, Deputy CEO of Leumi group and Chairman Leumi Tech opened the IATI Multinationals Companies Forum discussing Israeli Innovation and the nature of the StartUp Nation. The panel included top executives from Microsoft, Dell, IBM, Alcatel-Lucent and the Eastman Kodak Company
  • Yael Glassman, VP Marketing  & Business Development for Sensible Medical, moderated a popular Panel Discussion: Opportunities and Challenges of Connected Health.
  • Avi Reichental, CEO, 3D System, presented a fascinating talk on the various uses of 3D printing in medicine, manufacturing and even fashion.
  • Hanan Lavy, Director of Microsoft Ventures Tel-Aviv Accelerator, chaired the Top Startup Pitch Session showcasing new innovative companies.

Day Three Highlights included:

  • Mr. Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Minister of Economy, opened the ‘Building Innovation Ecosystems,’ session which was chaired by Avi Hasson, Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy, Israel. Bennet says, “"Israeli innovation is more like thousands of speed boats rather than a huge ship. We are flexible, speedy and agile"
  • UK Ambassador Matthew Gould attended at a reception in the UK Israel Partnership Booth.
  • Yahal Zilka, Managing Partner at Magma VC moderated a fascinating discussion on startup investments. Claudia Fan Munce, Managing Director, IBM Venture Capital Group, Vice President, IBM Corporate Strategy says, “Israel is THE most respectful innovation hub in the world.”

Congratulations to all of the 2014 Startup winners!

High-Tech: 1. Eco Wave Power, 2 VocalZoom, 3.SQreamTech

Even more coverage

*La start-up nation en mode demo |

*Podemos aprender de Israel pero no copiar su sistema

*Tecnología, al rescate de diabéticos

IT Firms Welcomed by Israeli Counterparts - The New Indian Express

Hong Kong Business Leaders Impressed With Israeli Innovation

Cap sur l'Asie au salon israélien de l'innovation, MIXiii

The Tower | You can see the whole Middle East from here.

Tecnología combate la pobreza: Israel -

Sunday, June 22, 2014

3D Printed Dress Becomes Increasingly Transparent

How technology enables the creation of new kinds of outfits that change digitally. Watch the animated gif... to get the feel or the movie. The possibilities are endless.

"In the digital realm, we are naked all the time" concept has been adapted by designers Xuedi Chen and Pedro G. C. Oliveira to create a sculptural dress that reflects the amount of personal information its wearer share online—the more data is shared, the more transparent it would become.

Made of a 3D-printed, personalized mesh, the dress works with a mobile app that automatically collects Chen’s geolocation data—this set of data is then transmitted to the dress and its “20 hand-cut reactive displays” via Bluetooth, which would then reflect the information accordingly. 

For instance, the displays representing the neighborhood that the designer is in would start pulsing, alternating between being opaque and transparent. As more date is collected, more areas of the dress would become see-through. 

Watch the original video at

More details about the technology and operation.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

11-June: Calcalist Ad: Impact with IT conference. David Intercontinental. Tel Aviv

I'm happy to share the Yediot Calcalist ad of our conference next week. Please join us.
Over 200 have already confirmed.  
Download PDF or visit the conference site
Join join us in the Bizzabo community site

Calcalist ECIS Impact Day Ad

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Assembled 2014 - New JVWR issue

Journal of Virtual Worlds Research

We are happy to announce the publication of NEW ISSUE from the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research (JVWR):

Volume 7, Number 2:

Assembled 2014

The editorial team:
  • Samuel Cruz-Lara - LORIA (UMR 7503) CNRS – INRIA, Université de Lorraine, France
  • Sue Gregory - University of New England, Australia
  • Suely Fragoso - Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Urs-Vito Albrecht - Braunschweig University & Hannover Medical School, Germany
  • Christopher Lueg - University of Tasmania, Australia
The Assembled 2014 issue includes six papers demonstrating the diversity and depth of topics we strive to cover:
  • The future of massive collaborative events
  • The future of anonymity (and antisocial behavior)
  • The future of 3D collaboration
  • The future of friendships
  • The future of health care via “Motivational Interviewing
  • The future of looking at the other
These six papers demonstrate some of JVWR goals. They are pushing our thinking about both the virtual and the real, they are presenting “new” academic science that go beyond the trivial, and they are taking a stand about the world. We encourage authors to follow the diverse models presented here.

Editor In-Chief Corner

Impacting the Real Future via the Virtual Present
Yesha Y. Sivan

Peer Reviewed Research Papers

Distributed Immersive Participation as Crowd-Sensing in Culture Events
Theo Kanter, Rahim Rahmani, Jamie Walters, Willmar Sauter

A Multi-faceted Approach to Anonymity Online: Examining the Relations between Anonymity and Antisocial Behavio
Rebecca Chui

Virtual Collaboration Spaces: Bringing Presence to Distributed Collaboration
Austin Tate, Jeffrey T. Hansberger, Stephen Potter, Gerhard Wickler

Virtually Friends: An Exploration of Friendship Claims and Expectations in Immersive Virtual Worlds
Brooke Foucault Welles, Tommy Rousse, Nick Merrill, Noshir Contractor

Using 3D Virtual Standardized Patients to Teach Motivational Interviewing
Margaret Czart

White Man’s Virtual World: A Systematic Content Analysis of Gender and Race in Massively Multiplayer Online Games
T. Franklin Waddell, James D. Ivory, Rommelyn Conde, Courtney Long, Rachel McDonnell

Enjoy your ride to the real world's future as reflected in the current research of the virtual.

More from the JVWR
  • A call for reviewers: the JVWR submission system is always open to competent academicians & researchers to join us as members of the JVWR review team. Being a reviewer is a matter of prestige and achievement. The JVWR believes in the value and importance of the reviewers throughout the publication process. It is not only about bringing the individual paper to its best, but also about shaping the credibility and reputation of the journal as a leader in the evolving field of Virtual Worlds. If you are interested - join us a peer-reviewer of the JVWR. Please contact us by email to, send CV or a short resume and let us know what areas of interest you are able to review.
  • Check our website http://www.jvwresearch.orgfor our planned schedule of issues and activities. If you have an idea for a thematicissue, we will be happy to know about it.
  • You are invited to browse JVWR's previous issues.
  • Subscribe to our mailing list (on the top left of to receive JVWR news and updates (no spam guaranteed).
  • Join our Facebook page (TheJVWR)
  • follow us on twitter @TheJVWR.
Looking forward to hearing your comments,

Prof. Yesha Y. Sivan
Editor In-Chief

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Assembled 2014 Cover

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Ad: Special daily price for MIXiii 20-May-2014 - Innovation in Funding Venture Track - only 400 NIS


Take Advantage of this Special MIXiii Registration Discount

A discounted registration rate of only 400NIS is being offered for participation at MIXiii on May 20, 2014 
with entrance to the Innovation in Funding Venture Track.
Full program:

With Prof. Eli Talmor (Chair, London Business School) With Prof, Yesha Sivan (Coller institute at TAU)
Jon Medved (OurCrowd), Jeremy Coller (Coller Capital), Simon Galpin (CEO, InvestHK), Dror Berman ( Founding and Managing Partner, Innovation Endeavors)
Special presentation: Shai Goitein, Founder and CEO. "How I got $1.2 m in Kickstarter."

May 20th 14:00-18:30 (you get to go for the entire day, including all morning speakers, and evening party)

The Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

Kindly respond to with the following details:
Full Name, Title, Company, Email and Phone number.
By Wed midnight. (14-May-2014) Limited Tickets. ACT NOW.

and... over all for MIXiii we have about:
* 10 different satellite events
* 25 tracks covering many angles of our ecosystem.
* 200 people speakers, panelist, and workshop leaders.
* 2000 people coming already including big delegation from India, China Sweden, HK
* Tons of other cool things...

Here's an overview of our track:  Innovation in Funding Venture Track.

14:00 - 14:30 – Prof. Eli Talmor, London Business School, Observations from 100 Years of Venture
14:30 - 15:00 – Prof. Yesha Sivan, Exec. Director, Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University. The Evolving Venture Ecosystem
15:00 - 15:30 – Dr. Robyn Klingler Vidra. Senior Researcher, Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University. Policy Implications

Focus: Crowd Funding
16:00 - 16:30 – Prof. David Zvilichovsky, Recanati Business School, Tel Aviv Univ. Insights into Crowd Funding
16:30 - 17:00 – Jon Medved Founder and CEO, OurCrowd Crowd Funding in Practice
17:00 - 17:30 – Shai Goitein, Founder and CEO. The Case of Powerup 3.0 ($1.2 m in Kickstarter)

Reflective Panel:
17:30 - 18:30
Jeremy Coller, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Coller Capital
Simon Galpin, Director General, InvestHK
Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director, BIRD Foundation
Dror Berman, Founding and Managing Partner, Innovation Endeavors