SLACTIONS 2011:17-20, November, 2011, virtual campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


Research conference in Second Life
Life and imagination – integrating metaverse platforms

Call for papers

SLACTIONS 2011 is an international conference held for the third time simultaneously online, and in countries around the world to engage in exchanges on the digital metaverse.

The conference focuses on the development of and human activities in the metaverse, and invites discussion of platforms as diverse as Second Life, OpenSim, World of Warcraft, Open Croquet, Activeworlds, Sony Home, Habbo Hotel, IMVU, There, Project Wonderland, 3D web, etc., providing a forum for the user community to present and discuss innovative approaches, applications, techniques, processes, experiences and research results.

The introduction of Metaverse platforms into education, business, entertainment, etc. has come under intense scrutiny, and many articles and books have been published advocating their use. SLACTIONS 2011 is hoping to move beyond a focus on the introduction of Metaverse platforms, to a discussion of the integration and daily use of the Metaverse in offline activities, with particular regard to the effects this has on individual humans and their identity, agency, sense of
community, integration into society, etc.

We are looking forward to presenting a program of presentations, videos, and posters based on the results of extensive and intensive research that conference participants can adapt to their own requirements and re-purpose for application in their own practice.

We are calling for paper and panel proposals from the full spectrum of intellectual disciplines and technological endeavours in which metaverse platforms are currently being used. Topics covered may include but are not limited to:

– Accessibility in metaverse platforms
– Advanced scientific visualization in metaverse platforms
– Automatic content generation
– Behavioural studies in the metaverse
– Blended environments: Metaverse mixes, or the metaverse and
offline society
– Combination of metaverse platforms with external systems
(e-learning, e-business, etc.)
– Communicational paradigms in the metaverse
– Content management
– Course / materials management and the metaverses, e.g. MOODLE& SLOODLE
– Creativity, design, and arts on the metaverse
– Cultural and media study in the metaverses
– E-business and e-commerce applications
– Educational research, applications, and case studies
– Embodiment in metaverses and Gender Studies
– Formative and Summative assessment in the metaverses
– Game-based learning in the metaverse
– GIS/metaverse mash-ups
– Integration between metaverse platforms
– Language learning in the metaverses
– Machinima in the metaverse
– Nonprofit activities and fundraising
– Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
– Social Sciences studies in or through metaverse platforms
– Space representation, use, and management in metaverses
– Using metaverse platforms for cooperation

Submissions

Authors are invited to submit an abstract of 500-600 words via the conference website (http://www.slactions.org/) including their name, contact address, and affiliation. Additionally, authors should include a note indicating what type of presentation they intend to give:

– A full paper presentation
– A shorter «work in progress» presentation
– A panel of 3-4 grouped papers (please provide a short abstract
for EACH paper)
– A Poster presentation
– A Video
– A virtual workshop

All submissions will be subject to a double blind reviewing process. Authors of accepted abstracts are required to submit a full paper of up to 7,000 words, which will be made available to conference participants.
Full papers should follow the publication guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA 6th).

Publication Venues

All accepted, full papers will be made available to registered conference participants. Journal and/or edited volume publication will be subject to an additional rigorous blind reviewing process. The Scientific Committee will invite authors of selected full papers to provide revised and expanded versions for publication in the special issues of affiliated journals* and/or (an) edited volume(s) published with an academic publisher*.

* Negotiations with selected journals and publishers are currently underway. Please check www.SLACTIONS.org regularly for further information and developments.

Organising Committee

Conference Hosts:
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Chapter Chair: David Kurt Herold
Chapter Manager: Gigi AY
Chapter Team:
Vincent Ng
Peter Duffy
Newman Lau
Dean A. F. Gui
Mei Li
Chloe Lau

SLACTIONS Steering Committee
Leonel Morgado, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Nelson Zagalo, Universidade do Minho, Portugal

SLACTIONS Scientific Committee
To be announced.

Conference Sites

The main conference programme of SLACTIONS 2011 will be hosted in the 3D online world Second Life, in various locations on the virtual campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University: http://slurl.com/secondlife/HKPolyU%20Campus/185/183/25

Local chapters around the world will provide assistance to presenters and conference participants, and hold additional events at their own venues. Details of local chapters will be published on the conference website (http://www.SLACTIONS.org) as they become available.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission: May 10, 2011
Notification of Acceptance: June 15, 2011
Full Papers Due: September 2, 2011
Conference Dates: November 17-20, 2011


Official language of the conference

The official language for the international, online conference and for all submissions is English.