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Big Board Speaker Schedule
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Attendees! Some marvelous talks and discussions are listed briefly below -- talks happening in the AV98 world at specially constructed Speaker Pods, and happening in other virtual locations, as noted. This is a lively endeavor and subject to frequent changes; consequently, this page is updated frequently -- hit "Reload" whenever you check in. Most speakers have an individual page as well (click the speaker's name) where you'll find much more information.

Speakers! Please check all the summary information below, and check your individual page as well. As individual pages are completed, links will be added so you can access your own personal page from here. Please send your changes/corrections as soon as possible by email. Thank you!

Art & Science of Community
Educators' Track
Designing Worlds Worth Visiting
The Virtual Workspace
Avatars at Play
Voices from the Communities

  Art & Science of Community ... Direct Teleport ... Teleport Instructions
 Speaker Pod 1, AV98 [30N 26.75E 290]
8am-10 PST
AW and
Blaxxun CCPro (in Virtual Worlds, Real Place, French Quarter, House Aldebaran)
Claude Lattaud ("Rasalgethi")
Laboratoire d'Intelligence Artificielle de Paris5 (LIAP5)
Artificial Life in Virtual Worlds: introduction to Artificial Life methods in general, and for virtual worlds in particular.
Lattaud will endeavor to conduct this discussion in two worlds simultaneously: the Active Worlds discussion will occur in English, the Blaxxun discussion in French.
11a-12:15p PST
solo talk
Steve DiPaola ("steveD")
Former Dir. of Design, Onlive! Traveler
Characters on the Internet: From avatars to web bots: from technical, social and design aspects of OnLive! Traveler, to how new virtual character systems are revolutionizing communication and UI aspects of commercial based web site design.
10a-12n PST
group - AW
Gerald de Jong
"strucky" inworld
Beautiful Code BV
Evolving Avatars: Elastic Interval Geometry and the evolution of virtual creatures.
12n-1:30 PST
panel discussion
Brandeis University
Sociology and Anthropology of Virtual Worlds: Diverse session that will explore various topics related to the sociology and anthropology of virtual worlds. Hosted by the S/A SIG of the Consortium with several group members presenting their current work.
12N -1 PST
Blaxxun CCPro
Mark Pesce
University of Southern California
The Line For Goofy: Dromomania and the Virtualized Self: an ironic, comical talk about a recent trip to Walt Disney World and how I came to understand the true nature (and failure) of the avatar in a world where the self and its basic needs are supplanted.
1-2 PST
group - Onlive!
Vernon Reed
"Kahuna" inworld
ACTLab, U of Texas
Being Multiple: Distributed Subjectivity in Cyberspace. Implications of digital embodiment for evolution of subject stance.
2-3 PST
presentation - Onlive!
Vernon Reed
"Kahuna" inworld
ACTLab, U of Texas
Cyberspatial Poetic Transmissions: Real-time, cutting-edge poetry in Traveler space, with poets using Traveler features to enhance the theatrical nature of the readings.
2-3 PST
group - AW
Ken Bryson
"Sundancer" inworld
Credo Interactive Inc
Life Forms - Avatar Movement Maker: Using Life Forms 3, making new moves for your avatars is fast, easy, and creatively unlimited!
5p-6 PST
group - AW
Hannes Vilhjalmsson
Media Lab, MIT
Embodied Conversation: by making chat graphical, we are adding a non-verbal channel to our on-line conversations.

  Educators' Track ... Direct Teleport ... Teleport Instructions
  Speaker Pod 2, AV98 [27.5N 31.25W]
[And see Contact Consortium Board member, Bonnie DeVarco's compilation of current educational projects in virtual worlds: www.cruzio.com/~devarco/av98edu.htm.]

11am-12n PST
group - AW

Margaret Corbit
Cornell Theory Center
SciCentr: Founding a Science Museum in Active Worlds

12n-1p PST
panel discussion

Virtual Students Panel
four US universities
Student teams at four universities discuss their pioneering ventures into cybercampus creations. UC Santa Cruz, U of Texas (Austin), Art Center College of Design (Pasadena), and Cornell University Theory Center students offer guideposts to trailblazers.

1-2 PST
solo - AW

Derrick Woodham
"Derrick W" inworld
School of Art, U of Cincinnati

Evolution of D.A.A.P. as an educational site and exhibition world for sculpture
2-3 PST
debate - AW
Michael Heim
"ommm" inworld
Art Center College of Design
Virtual Realism -- Why should virtual worlds have gravity; can't function stimulate fantasy?

4-5 PST
solo - AW

Lucio Pascarelli
"Lucio" inworld
Communications Support Unit
Food&Agriculture Org., U.N.
Building Natural Looking Virtual Worlds: Virtual Worlds may aid cross-culture communication and ease the bandwidth crunch in developing countries. In applying AW technology in the world,Virtualy, Lucio has focussed on automated world construction with an ergonomic, natural look.

  Designing Worlds Worth Visiting ... Direct Teleport ... Teleport Instructions
  Speaker Pod 3, AV98 [27.6N .5W]
10am-11 PST
group - AW
Riccardo Antonini
Consorzio Roma Ricerche
host, NetFuture Forum, SF
Amusement: "An international virtual space for individual and collective presence and interaction" -- implementing the evolutionary model of a memetic ecosystem where the avatar behaviors, actions, and moods affect the Amusement scenes and games.
11am-12N PST
debate - AW
Glen Kurtz
Stanford, New Media professor
host, NetFuture Forum, SF
The Internet is Full of Junk (and there's no such thing as "content"): the goal of a site should be functionality, not "content."

1-2 PST
group - WorldsAway

Tim Lavalli
WorldsAway, Fujitsu; inworld manager Dreamscape, Club Connect, etc.
Commercial Aspects of Virtual Worlds: Having a community, not speculating about building one. What's it like to be god?
2-3 PST
solo - AW
Juliann Krute
Pensive Angel Productions
Protecting Your Rights: Is that Copyright yours? Who really owns your work, and who has the right to use it?
2-3 PST
group - AW
Roland Vilett
"Roland" inworld
Circle of Fire Studios, Inc.
Active Worlds Technology: a brief history, an assessment of where we currently stand, and a peak at plans for the future.
3-4:20 PST
group - AW
Erik Hill
"Erik" inworld
Building in Active Worlds: Making a place worth visiting, and helping people find it.

Time to be clarified
(4.5 hours)
group - AW

Keiran Birmingham
"groove!" inworld
11-yr-old world builder

Building and Advanced Building: Keiran and his friends teach AW newcomers how to build.

  The Virtual Workspace ... Direct Teleport ... Teleport Instructions
  Speaker Pod 4, AV98 [29S 31.25W]
12-4pm PST
group - The Palace
Bob Jacobson
"Cyberoid" inworld
author/ed. "Information Design"
Beyond "VR": Building Public Support for Our Work
12-1:15pm PST
solo talk
World Unspecified
Sanjin Jukic
Artist, Virtual Vienna
Virtual Worlds and Art
1-2 PST
solo - AW
Richard Wojcik
Associate Technical Fellow
Boeing Applied Research & Tech
The Virtual Corporation: Can virtual worlds technology serve the needs of large business communities?
2:15 - 5:15 PST
group - AW
W. Wes Horlacher
consultant in online/interactive multimedia
Establish Your Unique Place in Cyberspace: Don't let "thinking outside the box" merely land you in a different box.

  Avatars at Play ... Direct Teleport ... Teleport Instructions
  Speaker Pod 5, AV98 [1N 31W]

day PST
group - AW

Larry Kay
Toonsmiths; computer game designer, media producer
Kids in Worlds for Kids: designing directed recreational experiences for kids in forthcoming kid-inhabited worlds and sites.

2-5 PST
group - Blaxxun CCPro

Andy Best & Merja Puustinen
A Conversations with Angels Book Launch Party! and Treasure Hunt! [not exactly a speaking engagement, but engaging, nonetheless]

  Voices from the Communities ... Direct Teleport ... Teleport Instructions
  Speaker Pod 6, AV98 [32.75S 27E 270]
10a-12n PST
group - AW
Robin Sircus
"LightRobin" inworld
The Marriage of Souls
Going Into the Light of Group Consciousness Online: general discussion of the art of pure communication.
11a-3p PST
RockRoll in AW
Maxim Gorelik
"HolyDiver" inworld
Music on the Internet in in Virtual Worlds: fan clubs and support groups on the Internet and RockRoll in AW.
12n-2p PST
Jeremy S Gluck
Director, Spiritech UK
Spirituality and Technology in Cyberspace: The Transparent Revolution: the emergence of spirutuality and technology in cyberspace.
2-4 PST
group - AW
Kathy Taylor
"ScarlettT" inworld
Communicating World Wide: discussion of the way in which people have come together through sites like Active Worlds.
4-5 PST
presentation 30min, group 30min - AW
Jm Valera & J.R. Manes
Former OnLive! employees
Death of the Poly: focuses on the decline in membership of online worlds after a period of time.

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