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Course 34

Developing Shared Virtual Environments
Level 5-5
The emphasis of this course was on the practical issues related to designing and implementing shared virtual environment (VE) applications. The morning "design" session began with an introduction to the history of shared VE development and the evolution path to today’s architectures. Because designing a shared virtual reality application requires a series of choices that have important effects upon performance and function, the course investigated issues in software architectures, awareness management techniques, graphics APIs, object sharing, and object interoperability. The afternoon "implementation" session taught attendees how to build shared VE applications quickly and easily, by leveraging development with pre-existing toolkits. Several popular packages were reviewed in detail from the point of view of the application builder. The designers of those toolkits provided in-depth tutorials on using their systems for maximum benefit.
 
Organizer
Michael Capps
Naval Postgraduate School
 
Lecturers
Howard Abrams
Michael Capps
Kent Watsen
Mike Zyda

Naval Postgraduate School
 
David Anderson
Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab
 
Chris Greenhalgh
Nottingham University
 
Katherine Morse
SAIC/DMSO
 
Sandeep Singhal
IBM Corporation

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