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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: 20th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia - Image & Archive @ City University of Hong Kong

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: 20th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia - Image & Archive @ City University of Hong Kong

Workshop & Special Session Proposals Deadline, 7th July 2014

Paper Proposals Deadline, 28th July 2014

Download the Call for Participation Flyer or visit the VSMM 2014 website for more details.

The Call for Participation for the 20th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia to be held at City University of Hong Kong, 9th to 12th December 2014 is open.

The theme for the 2014 conference is ‘Image & Archive’. Archives serve as basic tools for social accountability, the preservation and dissemination of historical memory, and the development of a richer understanding of cultural, social and political forces in an increasingly digital and networked world. Image & Archive focuses on technical aspects of the digital image and, on the numerous ways in which digital archives have become sources for innovation and dissemination.
Over the last decade technical advances including diverse areas in imaging technologies have allowed us to capture the world at increasingly high resolutions and contributed to vast reservoirs of data. New developments in social media and crowdsourcing have resulted in online archives of great diversity and application. Cultural collections are increasing becoming sources for new methods in  knowledge-based visualisation and, advances in web protocols make this data increasingly discoverable. There are rapidly emerging demands for theses digital resources to be analysed and ‘designed’ while simultaneously they become sources material for creative and artistic applications.
Image & Archive addresses numerous topics including:
Archival Science – Artificial Intelligence – Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality
Critical Theory – Cultural Heritage – HCI – Imaging Science (including Robotics)
Information Science – New Museology – Philosophy – Photography – Remote Sensing 
Semantic Web – Social Media – Teaching and Learning – Visual Analytics – Visualization
The aim of this conference is to discuss the concept that fresh research and public engagement initiatives should be integral to ultra-high resolution scanning projects, and to examine the notion that the archive must be further reconfigured for the purposes of successful digital consumption.
In choosing this theme, VSMM 2014 can best exhibit ground breaking work in relation to wide research and criticism in these fields.
The Conference Tracks for papers and presentations are:

  • Track 1 - Image Science
  • Track 2 - Information Visualization
  • Track 3 - Advances in Technology
  • Track 4 - Culture & Heritage
  • Track 5 - Creative Arts & Design

This conference is presented in partnership with the City University of Hong Kong, School of Creative Media; University of Malaya, Centre for Creative Content & Digital Innovation (CCDI) and the University of New South Wales, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA). It is co-chaired by iGLAM director Professor Sarah Kenderdine.

The International Society for Virtual Systems and Multimedia is a unique cross-disciplinary organization for the exchange of cutting edge research in new media and virtual and augmented reality applied to everything from art to architecture, medicine to engineering, and archaeology to cultural heritage.  We take pride in bringing academia and industry together with policy makers.  We bridge computer scientists and artists, engineers and historians, policy makers and philosophers, archaeologists and architects, doctors and librarians, roboticists and cultural officials, and more.

VSMM was born in Japan in 1995 by Professor Takeo Ojika.  It was arguably the first international VR conference and has remained a leading venue for cross-disciplinary scholarly research and exchange in new media and virtual systems.

The VSMM Society has held annual conferences for 19 years now, bringing leading researchers in the application of new media, mobile, and virtual and augmented reality technology together with users.  In partnership with the IEEE Society the majority of VSMM Conference proceedings are available on IEEE Xplore. 


30 Jun 2014


Professor Sarah Kenderdine