Keynotes Announced for 2011 Virtua Design Conference EARLY BIRD Tickets Go On Sale

On January 25th, 26th, and 27th, the virtual doors swing open for the 2011 Virtua Design Conference hosted in collaboration with the Professional Virtua Design Society and Intel Labs. This conference will be held on Science Sim.

Virtua Design Conference Keynotes

Keynoting this event are some seriously smart people whose vision and focus with digital convergence and virtual world development is helping to define various aspects of the 3D internet and virtual worlds. Leading the way is IBM Fellow  Grady Booch, who is recognized internationally for his innovative work in software architecture, software engineering, and collaborative development environments. He has devoted his life’s work to improving the art and the science of software development.

Suzy Deffeys is a Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) in the office of the IBM CIO, and has over 20 years of 3D graphics software expertise at IBM. She currently leads projects focused on Augmented Reality, including creating a vision based augmented reality application running on Android mobile devices.  In the past she has led projects on Virtual Worlds Interoperability and OpenGL 3D development and is currently IBM’s representative in the COLLADA working group.

Dr. Mic Bowman is a principal engineer in Intel Labs and leads the Virtual World Infrastructure research project. Mic and his team develop technologies to enable new ways of interacting through virtual environments and online games.

Founder of the Fashion Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on helping designers achieve their dreams with dignity, integrity and respect, Shenlei Winkler is currently the CEO of the Fashion Research Institute that is focused on researching and developing virtualization technologies with particular emphasis for the apparel industry.

Break Out Sessions

Over two full days of sessions, we’ve pulled in even more experts in their respective fields to discuss topics such as licenses, rights and permissions, DMCA, hypergrid content and content solutions. You’ll hear from the leaders in this emerging industry.  The current agenda can be viewed here.

Members of the Professional Virtua Designer Society Attend FREE

As a member of the PVDS, this annual conference is included in your membership at no additional cost. We do still need you to register.

If you’re not a member, you can head on over to the PVDS site and JOIN TODAY! or purchase a ticket for this guaranteed to be awesome event.

Non-Member Tickets On Sale

EARLY BIRD Non-Member 2011 Virtua Design Conference Pass SAVE $$

TAKE ADVANTAGE of the Early-Bird Rate to gain Full access to the 3-day conference, virtual exhibits and opening and closing parties.. all for only $35.00. There are a limited number of tickets available at this rate and the rate only lasts until November 30th.
Non-Member 2011 Virtua Design Conference Pass $50.00
Full access to the 2-day conference, virtual exhibits and opening and closing parties.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

We are offering three sponsorship levels at the Virtua Designer Conference. If you’d like your products and/or services to be featured at this event, head over to the Sponsorship area of the PVDS web site. Your product or service will be visible to your target audience. Sponsors will be featured throughout all of our marketing collateral and inworld.
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Intel’s Future Lab Interview – Collaboration in ScienceSim

Given that we will be presenting about the Land Grant program in ScienceSim today, this recent interview we gave to Intel’s Future Lab series is particularly timely. Future Labs is the on-line Radio show of Intel Labs.

Serious Games

Our focus in ScienceSim is collaboration between science, technology and even some ‘strange’ communities such as apparel.  Shenlei Winkler, CEO, The Fashion Research Institute is interviewed along with Dr. Mic Bowman, Principal Engineer at Intel Labs discusses ScienceSim, and Dr. Vincent Tidwell, Research Scientist, Sandia National Laboratories discuss the Intel-Sandia collaboration for the Water Wars serious game. We do have to correct one slight misapprehension – our OpenSim-based Black Dress Design Studio is not available on ScienceSim, only on our private grid, the Fashionable Grid.

Listen to the Future Labs interview HERE

ScienceSim is a great place to collaborate in part because it is not a commercial grid and our primary focus is on the actual work being done by collaborators.  Fashion Research Institute has provided high quality, premium content to the collaborators along with our extensively tested orientation program.

Land Grant Presentation

Please join us today at our presentation about the ScienceSim Land Grant program today, November 9th, at 1-1:30 pm ET (we’re prompt, and start on time and finish on time).

ScienceSim Land Grant Program Presentation Tuesday, November 9th, 1 pm ET

Please join us Tuesday November 9, from 1-1:30 pm ET (10-10:30 am PT)  for a 1/2 hour presentation about the land grant program in ScienceSim providing free  100,000 object regions for six months in ScienceSim.  Details about participation in this program will be presented and information about applying for a region will be provided.

Tuesday, November 9th, 1-1:30 PM ET/10-10:30 AM PT in the 21C region in Second Life.  Please note we are punctual and start promptly at the hour.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/21C%20Interactive/32/33/22

If you cannot make these events, please send a request through your organizational email to admin at fashionresearchinstitute dot com.  Please note we cannot respond to requests from noninstitutional addresses (e.g., yahoo, aol, hotmail, etc) and that we cannot accept applications from consultants or commercial entities.

ScienceSim Land Grant Program Presentation November 4, 2 pm ET

Please join us Thursday November 4, from 2-2:30 pm ET (11-11:30 am PT)  for a 1/2 hour presentation about the land grant program in ScienceSim providing free  100,000 object regions for six months in ScienceSim.  Details about participation in this program will be presented and information about applying for a region will be provided.

Thursday, November 4th, 2-2:30 PM ET/11-11:30 AM PT in the 21C region in Second Life.  Please note we are punctual and start promptly at the hour.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/21C%20Interactive/32/33/22

If you cannot make these events, please send a request through your organizational email to admin at fashionresearchinstitute dot com.  Please note we cannot respond to requests from noninstitutional addresses (e.g., yahoo, aol, hotmail, etc).

Speaking Saturday October 30 at Virtual Pioneers about Gettysburg project

Fashion Research Institute CEO Shenlei Winkler will be speaking at the Virtual Pioneers conference on Saturday, October 30th from 11-12 noon PT (2-3 pm ET) on the large-scale Gettysburg project being developed in ScienceSim.

Gettysburg Redux: Simulating the Gettysburg Battlefield in ScienceSim provides an overview of the 1:1 simulation of the Gettysburg Battlefield being developed in the OpenSim-based ScienceSim grid.  Winkler will discuss how educators can become involved in this large-scale, big picture project to fully simulate the critical, 3-day long Battle of Gettyburg. Gettysburg Redux is being developed in conjunction with American Civil War historians, historical and material culture organizations, educators, technology companies and other interested parties.

This project promises to be a visionary use of virtual worlds such as OpenSim which will help drive research into the areas of immersion, digital asset management, distance and immersive educational experiences, and of course, the underlying technology that must be further developed to support such a sweeping, large-scale effort.  The project is underway now with an initial pilot curriculum planned for completion as soon as June 2011.

Join us for a the overview of this project in the Virtual Pioneers Second Life region (Black Bear Island) on Saturday, October 30 from 11-12 noon PT.

Fashion Research Institute Collaborates with Intel Labs to Bring Premium Content to Science Sim

FRI has been collaborating with Intel Labs since 2009, helping to push the limits of content development in Science Sim. We are active participants in the Science Sim Senate Meetings, held each Friday morning on the Kepler Region.

On October 12th, Dr. Mic Bowman, the principal engineer in Intel Labs, who leads the Virtual World Infrastructure research project, was interviewed on ISNTV, Teach Parallel talking about Science Sim and FRI’s developments within the platform.

Science Sim Discussed on ISNTV Teach Parallel

Dr. Mic Bowman Interviewed About Science Sim

Recently, FRI announced our further collaboration with Intel Labs to provide users with premium content to give users a launching pad for their Science Sim exploration.

All items included in the Science Sim content library from FRI are covered by a license.  The class of the content determines the exact license. Scripts are covered by BSD, GPL, Creative Commons, and Public Domain licenses. All other content contributed is covered by Fashion Research Institute’s content license.

To read the full press release visit http://fashionresearchinstitute.com/news/new.html