NDU iCollege Holds Fifth Annual Federal Consortium of Virtual Worlds Conference
The 2012 Federal Consortium of Virtual Worlds Conference, sponsored by the NDU iCollege, in Lincoln Hall Auditorium. Photo credit: NDU AV.
The Fifth Annual Federal Consortium of Virtual Worlds Conference (FCVW), held on May 16-18, 2012, at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, DC, was sponsored by the National Defense University (NDU) iCollege, and it was a BIG success. More than 250 people attended the conference in person, and more than 1,500 international participants attended via six FCVW virtual worlds. The conference was open to members of government, private industry, and academia.
Attendees were able to select from multiple workshops including: The DoD VW Framework, uHub: Fast Track VW Education, Immersive Intelligence and 3D Data Visualization. Keynote speakers included:
Panel discussions included presentations and conversations on the future of health, educational and cyber security applications in virtual worlds.
- Kevin Holloway, psychologist, for the T2 Virtual PTSD Experience, on how virtual worlds' is helping active duty, veterans, and family members, who are coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- Jesse Schell, Carnegie Mellon University, on 10 trends in virtual worlds and gaming.
- Randy Hinrichs, 2B3D, University of Washington, on the future real-world integration of avatars.
- Dr. James Blascovich, University of California, Santa Barbara, on the social psychology of the mind, the body, and virtual reality, and how they are intertwined.
- Dr. Michelle Fox, U.S. Department of Energy, gave an update on the National Training and Education (NTER) in virtual education.
Archived video of the keynote presentations and information about the FCVW are available online. Questions about the FCVW should be directed to Dr. Paulette Robinson at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at Twitter: @pjrobinson. <