Starting tomorrow May 16 through May 18 is the annual Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds (FCVW) in Washington, DC at the National Defense University. Much of the event will be streamed online for free in Second Life, Vastpark, Protosphere, Web.Alive, and 3DEvents hosting the stream on their website. Questions will be taken for presenters during the main conference via twitter hashtag #fcvw12. Workshops and government project poster sessions will not be streamed.
Among the highlights:
- Jesse Schell, Carnegie Mellon and Schell Games will discuss “The Future of Virtual Characters”;
- James Blascovich, UCSB, connects the “Mind, Brain and Virtual Reality”;
- Charles Wankel, Rotterdam School of Management, will lead a panel on “Developing and Deploying Learning in Virtual Worlds”;
- Michelle Fox, Department of Energy, will offer the opportunities in the “National Training Education Resource (NTER): A virtual worlds integration framework to spark real change in enterprise and government learning.”
- a military panel led by Douglas Maxwell, Army Research Lab, The Military Open Simulator Enterprise Strategy: Rationale and Use Cases”;
- a health panel facilitated by Kevin Hollway, Army Telemedicine and Technology, “The Future of Health Applications in Virtual Worlds: Challenges, Solutions, and Convergence”;
- a cyber security panel led by Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, University of Washington, “Security in Virtual Worlds: Can I trust on your Avatar?”
Looks like a packed and very interesting conference for those interested in virtual worlds for education, collaboration and simulation.