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Augmented Reality Workshop at WWW2010 - Feb 21 paper deadline — 19 January 2010

There is a lot of buzz these around augmented reality in general, and mobile specifically (just search for "augmented reality" on twitter - there is a new tweet every minute or so).

How can these new interaction paradigms be integrated into the platform of the Web and evolve to be as open and inclusive as the Web?

To understand this and related questions, Dan Applequist of Vodafone, Rittwik Jana of AT&T Labs Research, Christine Perey of PEREY Research & Consulting and myself are co-chairing the WWW2010 workshop "MobEA-2010: Augmented Reality and Virtual Interactivity".

The Call for papers includes a long list of topics - of particular interest to the mobile community could be:

  • Mobile AR development environments and toolkits
  • Extensions to current Web technologies (e.g. CSS) to support AR
  • Multiuser and Distributed gaming
  • Mobile Tracking & Sensing for AR
  • User studies and evaluation
  • Mobile Presence and cognition in AR
  • Mobile Widgets and Mashups for AR
  • How do Web browsers need to evolve to become AR platforms?
  • Role of voice and multimodal technologies/applications in AR
  • Media adaptation and content filtering
  • What device APIs accessible within the browser would be requisite in order to deliver an AR experience?
  • Cross platform AR services (e.g. 3 screen services (TV, PC, phone))

If you have worked on these or related topics, and in particular if you have demos:

Paper submission is open until February 21 - check out the Call for papers for details.

by Philipp Hoschka in Events Permalink

Mobile at WWW2009 — 28 April 2009

Last week, I was participating to WWW2009 in Madrid - each year, the World Wide Conference, the mother of all Web conferences, hosts a track organized and animated by W3C.

I think it was the first time that the Mobile Web got so much visibility in this conference: most (if not all) of the rather prestigious participants to the Web 20th anniversary panel mentioned the potential of the mobile web in their thoughts for the future of the Web, and more generally, the mobile web was a recurrent theme in most of the keynotes of the conference.

The other big theme was clearly around social networks, a topic close to my heart due to my involvement in the Workshop on the Future of Social Networking that led to the recent creation of the Social Web Incubator Group in W3C.

And both of these topics were at the very heart of the W3C Track in the conference - this year, the track was run as a couple of camps: one on Mobile Widgets, the other on Social Web, with clearly some overlap of interests between the two sessions.

I thought that both sessions were quite a lot of fun - I got to write my first widget in the first camp -, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to interact with all of the participants that chose to take part to that exercice! Hopefully, I'll find some time to gather and formats the notes that were taken during the various discussions groups.

Overall, I enjoyed the conference very much, and I was glad to see that the number of people that look at you like you're a madman when mentioning the usage of Web on mobile devices as important is declining very quickly...

by Dominique Hazael-Massieux in Events Permalink

Device Independent or Accessible? at European Accessibility Forum — 31 March 2009

During the European Accessibility Forum in Frankfort last Friday, I took part to a panel dedicated to the relationships between making a Web page accessible and making it mobile-friendly, along with Henny Swan, Tomas Caspers, and moderated by Beate Firlinger.

The video records of the panel are now available, and if you really must, you can listen to my lovely French accent on the record of my presentation, along with my slides.

Video of my presentation

The event overall was great, and it felt really good to see all the energy surrounding the deployment of a more accessible Web.

by Dominique Hazael-Massieux in Events Permalink

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