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A quetzal from one of the temple walls at Teotihuacan, Mexico, photographed in 1982. This serves to represent culture in danger of being forgotten. Contributed anonymously.

CFP Special Issue on VR for Culture and Heritage (Presence MIT Press)

The MIT Press Presence: Teleoperators & Virtual Environments is pleased to announce a highly exciting special issue on VR for Culture and Heritage (published yesterday our website). I’ve included a brief guide on the topics below for your information, an extended summary of scope are in the PDF file attached. The special issue is highly interdisciplinary in nature and therefore, submissions which promote collaboration between the science and engineering and arts and humanities are looked upon favourably. Please help us to disseminate the CFP to your networks. We hope to hear from you and your networks of experts.

A quetzal from one of the temple walls at Teotihuacan, Mexico, photographed in 1982. This serves to represent culture in danger of being forgotten. Contributed anonymously.

A quetzal from one of the temple walls at Teotihuacan, Mexico, photographed in 1982. This serves to represent culture in danger of being forgotten. Contributed anonymously.

Guest Editors
Eugene Ch’ng, NVIDIA Joint-Lab on Mixed Reality, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Yiyu Cai, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Zhigang Pan, Digital Media and HCI Research Center,  Hangzhou Normal University, China

Harold Thwaites, Centre for Research Creation in Digital Media, Sunway University, Malaysia

Scope of the Special Issue
Human culture is profound and is constantly evolving and changing. Heritage, on the other hand, remains perpetually frozen in time, molded or engraved in tangible materials as a testament to past cultures. Yet some intangible heritage lives on, sewn into the intermingled fabric of present cultures. Others are at risk of diminishing as newer generations, enticed by disparate modern cultures, shun the traditions that were handed down to them. This special issue aims to gather researchers working on all aspects of culture and heritage that uses virtual environments or aspects of the mixed reality continuum to conserve, analyze and communicate contents from the past and the present. It therefore encompasses contemporary public facing work in GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums), and the backdrop of in-depth investigations to bring to light the contents and contexts of culture and heritage via virtual environments.

This call for papers is a continuation of the previous special issue on Virtual Heritage: Cultural Agents, Environments, and Objects, PRESENCE 24(3), which highlighted the need for closer inspection of our method of work in merging often disparate focuses from multiple disciplines:

“Opportunities in better heritage technologies are due to the digital revolution. Yet, any researchers in the more technical disciplines aiming to make use of digital technologies for heritage must be careful so as not to be overly focused on technology itself, lest the cultural heritage content that technology is meant to convey becomes secondary. Digital technology must support the research, conservation, and communication of cultural heritage, and reciprocally, heritage data used for developing better technologies for supporting heritage research is encouraged.”

The previous special issue also brought to light the state of work and present thoughts on virtual heritage research, particularly on cultural agents, cultural environments, and cultural objects and 3D printing.

Submission Topics
Virtual heritage is a testament to the impact of digital transformation in the arts and humanities, and a driving force for technological innovation generated through the arts and humanities’ increasing appetite for digital technology. In this special issue, we aim to examine present trends in culture and heritage within the context of virtual reality and augmented reality. The scope of the special issue includes the following topics:

  • New approaches in culture and heritage applications and interpretations
  • Responsive, adaptive and evolvable behaviors in immersive virtual environments that capture culture and tangible and intangible heritage
  • Multiuser virtual environments 
  • Mixed reality and the experience of real and virtual environments
  • Presence and phenomenology in culture and heritage applications
  • High definition imaging, stereoscopic displays, interactive cinema
  • Intelligent and High Performance Computing for Virtual Cultural Heritage
  • Ubiquitous computing and new forms of culture and heritage representations via VR and AR
  • VR and AR in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums
  • Interactive Exhibits in Public Spaces
  • Digital Transformations of Museums with Immersive & Interactive Time Machines
  • VR and AR as a narrative
  • Education in culture and heritage via VR and AR
  • Tools, techniques, frameworks and methodologies
  • Virtual environments case studies 

• Manuscript submission deadline: March 1, 2017
• Final revisions: September 1, 2017
• Planned publication: PRESENCE 27-1 (Early 2018)

Manuscripts should conform to the journal’s submission guidelines:

Authors, please note that audio and video files can be hosted as supplementary onlinematerial accompanying published articles. For more information about multimedia file formats and submission guidelines, please contact presence@mit.edu.

Dr. Eugene Ch’ng, Director, NVIDIA Joint-Lab on Mixed Reality, University of Nottingham (China Campus). Email: eugene.chng@nottingham.edu.cn

Further information: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/pres


Special Issue on Virtual Heritage: Cultural Agents, Environments, and Objects

Special Issue on Virtual Heritage: Cultural Agents, Environments, and Objects is published!

Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, MIT PRESS

Guest Editor’s Introduction: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/PRES_e_00228#.V56OfpN940o



Virtual heritage – the use of digital technology and virtual environments for researching, conserving and conveying our cultural heritage, offers exciting new ways to learn and experience the cultural treasures of the world, both past and present.

Virtual heritage has its origin at the formation of the Virtual Systems and Multimedia (VSMM) Society conference at Gifu, Japan in 1995, and can be attributed to many of the champions (Addison, 2000; Refsland, Ojika, Addison, & Stone, 2000; Stone & Ojika, 2000) of this particular strand of work. Since then, the heritage community has witnessed considerable investment from various institutions for heritage works that involve or are related to the use of digital technology, particularly with one of the larger funding bodies in Europe. Two notable projects totaling 10 million euros that has garnered wide media attention for their discoveries, including being selected as exhibits for the 2012 and 2015 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, bear witness to the importance of digital- and technology-oriented heritage projects. These two complex archaeological heritage projects with large spatial-temporal scales – Europe’s Lost World and the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes project are pushing technological boundaries beyond what contemporary techniques can afford (see Ch’ng et al., 2011; Gaffney, Fitch, & Smith, 2009; Gaffney, Thomson, & Fitch, 2007). These are specimen works that has demonstrated that heritage could contribute to pioneering geophysics instrumentations, digital and computational approaches. Many other funded projects worldwide involving cutting-edge technologies overseen by a consortium of academic and heritage institutions are pioneers to the many digital heritage innovations today, the list of which is too numerous to be listed here. The support for heritage research has important meaning, as stated in the European Commission’s website: “Cultural heritage enriches the individual lives of citizens, is a driving force for the cultural and creative sectors, and plays a role in creating and enhancing Europe’s social capital. It is also an important resource for economic growth, employment and social cohesion, offering the potential to revitalise urban and rural areas and promote sustainable tourism.” (EC, 2015)… [continue reading]