CS700:Graduate Seminar in Computer Science & Informatics

Virtual Worlds and New Realities: Immersion, gesture-based navigation and rich media trends


I will address some of the historical elements and future expectations.
Why this is so important to the future of computing and network environments.
What do we mean by virtual worlds? Why it matters?
Historical development - make perspective
Issues of current state
Why this is SO much like 1994
Why this is a "sandbox" for the nexus of future internet ecology
Technology elements - Immersion, Sense of body, role of gesture, rendered realities, augmented realities, semantics, federated identities, . . .
How some of the elements are emerging
Benn R. Konsynski currently teaches at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He is the George S. Craft Distinguished University Professor of Decision & Information Analysis. Previously, he spent six years on the faculty at the Harvard Business School where he taught in the MBA program and several executive programs. He also has served as professor at the University of Arizona, where he was a co-founder of the university's multi-million dollar group decision support laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University.
He has published in such diverse journals as Communications of the ACM, Harvard Business Review, IEEE Transactions on Communications, MIS Quarterly, Journal of MIS, Data Communications, Decision Sciences, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. He has a strong following among his MBA students, who refer to themselves as S.O.B.'s