The 23rd Int’l Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia will be held October 30th – November 2nd 2017 in Ireland at University College Dublin, with Special Workshops and Cultural Tours on November 3rd – 5th in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

VSMM2017 will explore ground-breaking applications of new media, VR, sensing, and imaging in creative societies. Some 30 years after the dawn of VR, with a new boom in virtual devices, products and applications, it is an apt moment to look “Back to the Future” and examine the potentials and pitfalls of VR, AR and 3D technologies. With virtual and 3D technology entering health to tourism, games to manufacturing, and art to entertainment, deep issues and questions arise.

The Conference will bring together researchers and academics, creative industry professionals and technologists, futurists and students to explore where virtual and 3D technologies have been and are taking us. Experts in the arts and culture, heritage and museums, design and engineering, architecture and planning, health and inclusion, and computing and digital systems are invited to gather to present, discuss, debate and learn.

VSMM2017 is hosted by: SMARTlab – The Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland & the College of Engineering & Architecture at University College Dublin

In association with: the ACM Distinguished Speakers Series

With support from: Creative Ireland, VR First and All These Worlds

And with regional activities: hosted in Belfast, Northern Ireland by Ulster University, & the University of Nottingham Ningbo China’s NVIDIA Joint-Lab on Mixed Reality

Best papers to be invited to a Special Issue of the Presence: Teleoperators & Virtual Environments journal ( around the theme of Digital Realities / Digital Materialisation

Conference Website:

Submit here:

VSMM 2017 Organising Committee

(Original post by Eugene Ch’ng

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Lynne Heller with AvatarThis year’s Practice-based PhD Seminar ran from Monday 24 October to Friday 28 October 2011 at Nova Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre on campus at University College Dublin.

The main focus was on Practice and Practice-based Research Methods, and students presented on their research alongside seminars, lectures and visiting speakers. See images at our photostream on Flickr.  See schedule of proceedings here (pdf).

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SMARTlab PhD Seminar presents a guest lecture from Dr Sarah Parsons, Senior Research Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. Sarah is also the Deputy Director of the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) based at the same university. Her talk will be about ‘Virtual Reality Technologies for social skills and learning for children and young people on the autism spectrum’. This will take a place at the SMARTlab Digital Media Institute, KD1.21. at 1pm on Wednesday, the 27th of October 2010.

Guest Speakers SMARTlab Sarah02

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Friday, 4th of June 2010, 5 – 7pm

SMARTlab is delighted to have Demetrios G Sampson, a Senior Member of IEEE, for SMARTlab’s Show and Tell on the 4th June 2010. The title of his talk will be:  ‘Technology-enhanced Learning: Key Research Challenges’.

During the past years Technology-enhanced Learning has attracted the interest of both the research and the educational community. The field has developed from the early scattered works in Educational Technology to a grounded and structured research area. In his short presentation he will give a brief overview of the main key research challenges in the field of Technology-enhanced Learning as they emerge from the current state-of-the-art worldwide.

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[Show & Tell] Sketching Music: Composition and Representation

WHEN: Friday 19 February 2010; 6:00pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE: SMARTlab Digital Media Institute, KD1.21 Knowledge Dock, UEL
Presentations by: Dr. Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut
Download Invitation PDF
Levi Strauss wrote about music that it is: “the supreme mystery among the human sciences” (1964). The practices of composition also remain, at large, mysterious. I adopt in my research a technological stance to analyse composition as a task involving equipment and artefacts, in particular notations and representations. Many studies of cognition have shown that the use of representations impacts the cognitive process. The early stages of music composition often involve sketching on paper. These sketches range from informal drawing and diagrams to partial drafts of the composition. My PhD research aimed at understanding the role played by these sketches in music composition: what are the techniques and technologies, the concrete and individual actions involved in composition, and what role do they play in the shaping of a composition? I have designed and evaluated a computer program that provides similar functions to that of pen and paper. I will illustrate the findings of my thesis through a case study and a presentation of the software, the Music Sketcher.

Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut graduated in both music composition and computer science before starting a PhD with the Interaction, Media and Communication group at Queen Mary, University of London. He develops his own programs to compose music and to study composers practices. His research is inter-disciplinary, drawing on musicology, cognitive science and human-computer interaction. He is also active as an artist. Recent works include the sound design of the pilot of 365 (Zeina Abirached, 2009) for the French Television, the organisation of the event Augmented Instruments at the Luminaire, the installation The Giant Instrument, presented at the Shunt and The Dana Centre at the Science Museum, the installation Visual Sound at the ICA, and a performance based on the “sonification” of a portrait at the National Portrait Gallery. He composes and performs with the band pplato. He defended his PhD in 2009 and is currently a lecturer in the Interaction, Media and Communication group at Queen Mary, University of London.

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[Show & Tell] SMARTlab Seminar Series is next held in SMARTlab on Thursday 28th of January

WHEN: Thursday 28 January 2010; 6:00pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE: SMARTlab Digital Media Institute, KD1.21 Knowledge Dock, UEL

Presented by:
Professor Lizbeth Goodman and Dr Mick Donegan of SMARTlab on: Creative Interfaces for All. InterFACES is a group of projects which aim to develop new Assistive Technology tools for people with complex disabilities. Within InterFACES there is a particular emphasis on the development of tools to enhance creative expression and to make the use of Assistive Technology as easy and practical as possible, for as many people as possible.

Ben Edwards (Creative Director/Special Needs Teacher) and team from the Three Ways School and Sensory Studio, Bath.

Professor Peter McOwan – Director of Outreach in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London.

Ann Gallacher and Oliver Benjamin, Senior Programme Managers of “A New Direction”
A New Direction is an independent charity working with Londonʼs schools and young people to develop creative approaches to teaching and learning, build aspirations and skills, and connect young people to their city and the opportunities around them.
Followed by a musical performance by Sapna Ramnani and the Punk Vikings!
Robbie Perry of Dead can Dance & SMARTlabʼs very own Punk PhD supervisor, Dr Deveril (using Mytobii as an eye controlled assistive technology)

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A SMARTlab Show & Tell Seminar with Dr Chris Hales

6 – 7.30pm, Tues 17 November ’09

(followed by cheese, wine and networking)

This presentation will be based on an article to be published in the catalogue of the ‘Invideo‘ experimental video festival (in Milan) in November 2009. Since 1967 there have been a plethora of different terminologies to describe a film/video with multiple possibilities which is alterable by its audience/creator whilst it is being viewed. This talk will present some of these products as well as discussing whether there still is – or indeed ever was – such a discretely identifiable thing as an ‘interactive movie’.

SANTA comes early to SMARTlab

(Preceded by a short introduction buy SANTA MAZIKA from the Art Research Laboratory (MPLab), Latvia)

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Kris Smith

Representations of diversity: Ritual + Monument

Multi-screen time-lapse animations

Kris Smith MFA is a lecturer in digital photomedia, and is co-ordinator of this discipline within the School of Drama, Fine Art and Music at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has recently been based at SMARTlab researching art and health synergies with a focus on digital methods for self-expression.

He will be presenting previews of two video works currently in progress, and will briefly speak about the methods used to create and present them.


Cultural well-being: celebrating and embracing diversity:

Rituals and monuments are two fundamental ways of publicly bringing in to focus aspects of a culture in ways that attempt to be accessible to current and future generations. In the case of a repeated live event or ritual, as well as in the physically permanent sculptural or painted object, an ongoing interpretation of the event or object is often needed in order for its original meaning and context to be communicated to a new audience.

The works ‘Ritual’ and ‘Monument’ refer to representations of cultural diversity that are both excessive and controversial in their own way. Portraying and celebrating diversity can often bring into relief the challenges inherent in embracing cultural differences. The word ‘cultural’ in this instance is used in the broadest sense: it refers not only to ‘cross-cultural’, but also to ‘music culture’, ‘youth culture’ etc. In ‘Ritual’ the tension associated with the event is for me physically expressed in the materials that provide a backdrop for the photographs.

In ‘Monument’ sculptures are documented using time-lapse techniques, and therefore changing qualities of light and temporal aspects dominate the work presented. However the original precinct containing the subject matter that has been photographed attempts to portray as many aspects as possible of the diverse culture in which it is found.

In summary, the time-lapse animations are meditations on what it means to be a part of a constantly changing and diverse culture.

>> Click on image to the right to download flyer.

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As part of our new programme of seminars planned from September 2009, SMARTlab invites you to our September seminar here in the MAGIC PLAYroom:

deveril ‘Video making as a learning tool – towards simplification and accessibility’

With Dr Deveril

Tuesday 29th September ’09

6 – 7.30pm

All Welcome! (Refreshments will be served)

Book via: T: 020 72237823 /E: /W:

Forthcoming seminars can be viewed atShow & Tell Seminars and booked via: eventbrite_new

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Gut Feelings Seminar with Dr Leslie Hill, June '09

Following our recent successful Show & Tell seminars this year:

Digital Art, Wearable Technology and Extra-Sensory Media in March, and

Gut Feelings’- A SMARTlab Cocktail Seminar with Dr Leslie Hillthis June,

SMARTlab will be hosting regular sessions with our research team and affiliates at the lab here in London Docklands from September ’09.

These seminars will highlight the extensive research we do on and off-site within the creative industries, and the community engagement projects we are developing.

Dates will be announced in September ’09. Expect to see seminars on subjects such as ‘Gender in online worlds’ (why boys play girls, why female avatars are so popular, how the industry is changing towards the female player) or ‘Bad’ players and bed behaviour in online worlds’.

To book future SMARTlab Show & Tell seminars please visit: (Available dates from September ’09)

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