Sunday, April 22, 2012

22-Apr-21012: JVWR Supports Call for SLACTIONS 2012

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Journal of Virtual Worlds Research
SLACTIONS 2012 Research Conference in the Second Life World
Dear friends,

The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research (JVWR) is happy to support this call for
4th Research Conference on Virtual Worlds
Life, imagination, and work using metaverse platforms
November 15-17, 2012
The metaverse is emerging, through the increasing use of virtual world technologies that act as platforms for end-users to create, develop, and interact, expanding the realm of human cooperation, interaction, and creativity.The conference focus is scientific research on applications and developments of these metaverse platforms: Habbo Hotel, IMVU, Second Life, OpenSimulator, Open Croquet, Activeworlds, Open Wonderland, Minecraft, and others, including MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft, and virtual worlds based on social networks, such as *-ville and others, providing a forum for the research community to present and discuss innovative approaches, techniques, processes, and research results.
SLACTIONS 2012 is the fourth edition of SLACTIONS, which was the first international conference held simultaneously in several countries on the topic of metaverse platforms. SLACTIONS aims at covering most areas currently enabled by metaverse platforms, from educational research to content production, from gender studies to media distribution, and from metaverse-based branding, advertising, and fundraising to emerging mash-ups and technology applications.SLACTIONS is unique in its format too, as a one-of-a kind event conducted both in a metaverse platform (Second Life) and on-site in multiple countries throughout the world. SLACTIONS will thus contribute to the current redefinition of the way we think about hybrid online and on-site scholarly collaborations.
Whereas metaverse platforms are no longer a novel topic, they still pose challenges for the adaption of conventional instructional and business practices, research methodologies, and communication practices. We are looking forward to presenting a program of research results, case studies, panel discussions, and demonstrations that scholars, educators, and businesses can port to their own environments and apply in their research, teaching, and business strategy. We will accept papers from the full spectrum of intellectual disciplines and technological endeavors in which metaverse platforms are currently being used: from Education to Business, Sociology to Social Sciences, Media Production to Technology Development, Architecture and Urban Planning to the Arts.

1. Topics covered may include but are not limited to:
  • Accessibility in metaverse platforms
  • Advanced scientific visualization in metaverse platforms
  • Automatic content generation
  • Behavioral studies in the metaverse
  • Combination of metaverse platforms with external systems (e-learning, e-business, etc.)
  • Communicational paradigms in the metaverse
  • Content management and production
  • Creativity, design, and arts on the metaverse
  • E-business and e-commerce applications
  • Educational research, applications, and case studies
  • Embodiment in metaverses and Gender Studies
  • GIS/metaverse mash-ups
  • Integration between metaverse platforms
  • Nonprofit activities and fundraising
  • Adapting and developing research methodologies for metaverses
  • Social Sciences studies in or through metaverse platforms
  • Space representation, use, and management in metaverses
  • Using metaverse platforms for cooperation
2. Format
SLACTIONS has the format of a hybrid online and physical conference. All paper presentations and plenary sessions by guest speakers will be held on-line in the Second Life virtual world, and projected locally at local chapters, for participants attending physically. Physical participants can interact with the online participants via a "physical chapter avatar" and microphone.
Participants will also be able to follow the proceedings broadcast on the Web and interact via a text chat applet. Workshops and other events are conducted locally – or in mixed format across several participating chapters – and local chapters may held local topical round tables.
3. Publication venues
All accepted papers and posters will be published on-line and in ISBN-registered digital proceedings. Video posters and live presentations can submit an abstract for inclusion in the digital proceedings.
The authors of the best papers will be invited to provide revised and expanded versions for publications in special editions of journals or as single contributions to theme-specific journals.
  • Journal of Virtual Worlds Research: Selected papers will be fast-tracked for publication in early 2013 issues of JVWR. (ISSN 1941-8477)
  • Computer & Graphics - International Journal of Systems & Applications in Computer Graphics: Authors of the Best Paper in computer graphics themes will be invited to submit an extended version to be considered for journal publication. (ISSN: 0097-8493 / Imprint: ELSEVIER / impact factor 2010: 0.720)
  • VIRtual - Electronic Journal of Visualization, Interactive Systems and Pattern Recognition: Authors of selected papers on visualization and graphics will be invited to submit extended versions to a special Issue of the journal. (ISSN 0873-1837
  • Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research: Authors of selected papers on e-business/e-commerce/m-commerce/e-learning/e-government will be invited to submit extended versions the journal. (ISSN 0718-1876)
Check out regularly for more information and developments on the proceedings publisher and journal venues for best papers.
4. Official language of the conference
The official language for the on-line space and all submissions is English only. However, at the physical site of local chapters you can also use the native language of that location.
5. Submissions
Authors are invited to submit:
  • A full paper of eight to ten pages for oral presentation
  • A "work in progress" paper of 4 pages for oral presentation
  • A Flickr image or YouTube video, indexed with the tag “slactions2012” for poster presentations ‘in-world’
  • A live presentation in Second Life.
All submissions are subject to a double blind review process and should be professionally proofread before submission. All manuscripts should be formatted according to the ASIS&T proceedings template. (Disclaimer: SLACTIONS is not associated with ASIS&T.)
6. Important dates
  • Submissions deadline: June 30th, 2012
  • July 15th, 2012 - Submission results provided to authors
  • September 15th, 2012 - Deadline for early registration
  • October 15th, 2012 - Deadline for print-ready versions of accepted papers
  • November 15-17th, 2012 - Conference (tentative dates)
7. Local chapters
In preparation. Check out for updated lists and contacts.
Note: If you believe your institution can hold a physical chapter in an as-yet unsupported region, please contact the organization at info AT
8. Steering Committee
Leonel Morgado - University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Nelson Zagalo - University of Minho, Portugal
Ana Boa-Ventura, University of Texas-Austin, USA
9. Programme Committee
Ahmer Iqbal – University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
Ana Amélia Carvalho – University of Coimbra, Portugal
Ana Boa-Ventura – University of Texas, Austin, USA
Ângela Pereira – Leiria Polytechnic Institute, Portugal
António Lopes – Lusófona University, Portugal
Benjamim Fonseca – University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Clare Atkins – Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Daiana Trein – University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil
Daniel Gonçalves – Higher Technical Institute, Portugal
David Deeds – Changchun American International School, China
David Herold – Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Donizetti Louro – Catholic University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Emanuel Peres – University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Filipe Santos – Leiria Polytechnic Institute, Portugal
Greg Lastowka - Rutgers School of Law /Camden, USA
Hugo Paredes – University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Isabel Valverde - Lisbon Technical University, Portugal
James Corbett - CEO at MissionV Education/ Business Development Manager at Daynuv Owner at GlobalGreyhounds Ltd., Ireland
João Varajão – University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
José Luís Ramos - Évora University, Portugal
Leonel Morgado – University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Lina Morgado - Open University, Portugal
Luís Magalhães – University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Luís Pedro – University of Aveiro, Portugal
Marco António Chávez-Aguayo – University of Barcelona, Spain
Margarita Pérez-García - Catholic University College Limburg & Provincial University College Limburg, Belgium
Micaela Esteves – Leiria Polytechnic Institute, Portugal
Narciso Cerpa – University of Talca, Chile
Nelson Zagalo – University of Minho, Portugal
Nuno Silva – Higher Institute of Engineering of Porto, Portugal
Paulo Frias – University of Porto, Portugal
Paulo Martins – University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Pilar Lacasa – University of Alcalá, Spain
Ramiro Gonçalves – University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Steven Warburton – King’s College London, United Kingdom
Teresa Bettencourt – University of Aveiro, Portugal
Vincent Ng – Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Yesha Sivan – The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, and Metaverse Labs Ltd., Israel / Managing Editor of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research
10. Organization
Ana Margarida Maia – University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Daniela Pedrosa – University of Coimbra / University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Gonçalo Cruz Matos – University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Maria da Glória Fraga - University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Leonel Morgado – University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Ricardo Rodrigues Nunes – University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Vinicius Loureiro – University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Yesha Sivan – The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, Israel, and Metaverse Labs Ltd., Israel/Managing Editor of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research
For any other info, please contact or follow us.

Thank you very much for your collaboration :)
Best regards,
SLACTIONS Organizing Committee

E-mail: info AT
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

20-Apr-2012: Final plan for Berlin IVF-Worldwide Live Congress released

I was invited to give a talk about The top 10 info technologies we need to know about? and how to deal with them? (See talk description at the end of this item).

For details see IVF-Worldwide Live Congress here:

Here is the the final release of the plan for IVF-Worldwide Live Congress:

Friday, April 20, 2012
Session 1
15:00-15:30Opening remarks
Zeev Shoham, Israel
Michael Alper, USA
Milton Leong, HK
15:30-16:00The impact of technology on healthcare
Jamie Cattell, UK
16:00-16:30The individual formerly known as patient (TIFKAP)Jan A.M. Kremer, The Netherlands
16:30-17:00Coffee Break & Welcome Reception


OPENING (continued...)

17:00-17:30Fallacies in risk perception among physicians and laymen
Gerd Gigerenzer, Germany
17:30-18:00The top 10 info technologies we need to know about and how to deal with them: the NITA model
Yesha Sivan, Israel

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Session 2
09:00-09:30Marketing Chicken Soup for the Doctor
Itai Levitan, Israel
09:30-10:00How to use social media to improve your business
Jonathan Pollinger, UK
10:00-10:30Building a successful digital marketing strategy - a framework
Finset Sordal Magnus, Norway
10:30-11:00Coffee Break

Session 3
Supported by an unrestricted grant from MedITEX
Chances and risks of a digital communication in the IVF Clinic
Michael Schindler, Germany
Maximizing the internet ability to promote your clinic and support better care
Michael M. Alper, USA
Innovative IVF-Management: Software as the central solution
Michael Schindler, Germany
13:00-14:00Lunch Break

Session 4
14:00-14:30IVF treatment instructions transmitted via the internet: a preliminary experience
Avi Tsafrir, Israel
14:30-15:00You're talking to me? Ensuring patient comprehension, motivation and personalization
Talya Miron-Shatz, USA
15:00-15:30Identifying barriers and facilitators for the implementation of virtual infertility communities
Annemijn Aarts, The Netherlands
15:30-16:00Coffee Break

Session 5
16:00-16:30IVF patients' preferences in service design
Jan A.M. Kremer, The Netherlands
16:30-17:00Converting the E-Powered Patient to YOUR Patient
Ron King, USA
17:00-17:30A real patient's experience: Summary of international best practices in ART web communication
Alexandra Futeral, Belgium

Sunday, April 22, 2012
Session 6
09:00-09:30Mobile marketing? An Imperative!
Itai Levitan, Israel
09:30-10:00You can't manage what you can't measure - Google Analytics - a must have online tool for your clinic
Eyal Eldar, Israel
10:00-10:30Visitors Know Why They Don’t Like Your Website. Do You?
Itai Levitan, Israel 
10:30-11:00Coffee Break

Session 7
USING THE WEBSITE FOR EDUCATION AND RESEARCH clinics vs. science the largest data based exists to learn about physicians perspective
Zeev Shoham, Israel
11:15-11:35To do or not to do IVF? Structuring the Decision Process, Saving Precious Time
Talya Miron-Shatz, USA
Preparing for Fiscal and Policy Changes by Using a Robust Predictive Algorithm Tool for Counseling Patients Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization: findings from ForMyOdds.COM in a Teaching Hospital Environment
Christopher Jones, USA
(video presentation)
11:50-12:10The Doctor as Online Teacher: Growing Your Practice through Internet Content and Conversations
Ron King, USA
12:10-12:30Engaging prospective patients through direct to consumer marketing
Veronica Montgomery, UK

The top 10 info technologies we need to know about? and how to deal with them?
Dr. Yesha Sivan
Much like any other businesses and organizations, IVF units, both private and public, are facing with a constant and growing steam of new information technologies. Terms like Cloud Computing, Mobile apps, twitter, Facebook, Tablet, and Smart Computing and the link are emerging to be key factors in today new business. Embrace them on time, and win. Embrace them too early, or too late and you loose.
This engaging -- full of demos talk -- will cover the top 10 technologies, and also present NITA -- a New Information Technology Algorithm to deal with such techno-business changes

For more details see IVF-Worldwide website here

Monday, April 09, 2012

Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds (FCVW 2012) - Inspire the Future

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Journal of Virtual Worlds Research
Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds May 2012

The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research  (JVWR) is happy to support calls for the 5th Annual Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds Conference "Inspire the Future" May 16, 17 & 18, National Defense University, Washington DC.

Don’t forget to register for the best FCVW Conference Program we have ever had! REGISTER NOW.
Conference schedule is on the FCVW website ( since Friday, April 5. 
WORKSHOPS—May 16: You will have the choice between 17 workshops offered throughout the day.  
  • Three-hour workshops include: iHub (Stylianos Mystakidis), DoD Virtual Worlds Framework (Carl Rosengrant), and Developing Content in Unity 3D (Eric Hackathorn).
  • 75-minute workshops include: Authentic Avatar (Brock-Richmond), Designing 3D VW Education & Training Courses (Reyer), Cognitive Ethnography (Dubbels), Immersive Intelligence and 3D Data Virtualization (Richard Hackathorn), Growing Your Organizations vTraining Presence (Perkins), PTSD (Kevin Holloway), Microsoft and VW, VWs for Analysis and Experimentations (Aguilar), Lessons from goXOgo (Kearney), NTER (Cohen), Personal Transformation in a VW (Deveneaux), Advanced Telemedicine (Dillion), MOSES Open Simulator (Maxwell), and Using Serious Games in OpenSim to Model Taxpayer Behavior (Creekmore).
Schedule will be available this week.  More detailed information on each workshop will be available on our website by April 30.
SPEAKERS: We have incredible speakers this year.  Randy Hinrichs, CEO 2b3d and editor of “Transforming Virtual World Learning” and “Engaging the Avatar” will be the opening keynote!  James Blascovich, Director and co-founder of the Research Center for Virtual Environments at UC Santa Barbara and co-author of “Infinite Reality: The Hidden Blueprint of our Virtual Lives will discuss the reality of the avatar.  Michelle Fox, Chief Strategist for Education and Worksforce Development at the Department of Energy will show us the NTER project and its virtual world capabilities.  Jesse Schell, game designer  at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center will challenge us to think outside of the box with games and 3D environments.

Check out the schedule and bios of the speakers on the website. 
PANELS: Charles Wankel, author and editor of more than 30 books, including a co-Author of Transforming Virtual World Learning (Cutting-Edge Technologies in Higher Education) (2011) and Higher Education in Virtual Worlds: Teaching and Learning in Second Life (International Perspectives on Education and Society) (2009) is putting together a great education panel. Other panels include: a telemedicine panel led by Kevin Holloway, Army psychologist from T2 and award winner for his PTSD island; DoD panel that will address the use of OpenSim MOSES Project a virtual world space for groups in DoD and led by Douglas Maxwell, Science and Technology Manager Virtual World Strategic Applications created by Army Research Labs.  The final panel will address the important topic of Cyber Security in Virtual Worlds.  The Panel will be led by Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, the Director for the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecuity and the Academic Director, Master of Infrastructure Planning and Management at the University of Washington.

More details with panel membership will be posted on the website no later than April 30.
GOVERNMENT POSTER SESSIONS: We still have room for a few more government project poster sessions.  Awards will be given for the best poster sessions voted by conference participants.  If you have a virtual world or 3D collaborative game project with the government, please send your name and contact information in an email Complete list of government poster sessions will be posted by April 30, 2012 on the website.
VENDOR FAIR: We still have some vendor spaces available for the conference vendor fair.
Please send your inquiries ASAP and we will send you the information you will need to be part of this conference. 
RECEPTION (May 17) 3:30-7:30—Come and network with a great group of people, see government projects, and interact with vendors. 
Paulette Robinson, PhD
Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning &Technology
National Defense University, iCollege
Washington DC

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Sunday, April 01, 2012 API: Yesha's Picture

I was able to try today API. Most impressive. (Here is the URL)
My Pic (this picture is indeed from few years back):

and my face with friends (I did not print the data) but they are pretty good. (my data has not changed much)

What an amazing way to celebrate my birthday.