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Users, Applications & Projects
01 Public sector Information in the European Union
02 Virtual Art at Sotheby
03 Kyoto University, Japan & Solid Edge
04 Healthcare: 3D Models
05 Visualization Users Announced include Shell, Statoil..
06 Boat Builders Use 3D

Quote of the Issue
07 One Quote of the Issue: Robert Kross, Autodesk
08 Another Quote of the Issue: Carly Fiorina, HP

Products & Services
09 FaceVision 3D Identification System
10 Workflow-Enhancing by Softimage
11 Autodesk & 3D Design
12 Additions to LightWorks
13 StereoGraphics Adds DDD's TriDef
14 Smoke with Fire
15 Video Toaster

Standard & Patents
16 Get Involved with OpenHSF
17 Patents: HP View
18 Patent: A Dial Modeling Device
People & Appointments
19 People: X3D Technologies

Events & Calls for Papers
20 NetGames2002: Call for Papers - URGENT
21 Call for Papers - Cyber Terrorism
22 Artificial Intelligence for Virtual Humans
23 International Conference on 3D Web Technology
24 VR Conference: Speakers from BMW, Audi, EADS/Airbus...
25 PLM World 2002
26 More Events

181.01 Public sector Information in the European Union

The European Commission has launched an online consultation on a working document outlining a possible legal instrument on the re-use of public sector information within the Community. The working document and the underlying documents can be found at their web site.

URL: http://www.cordis.lu/econtent/psi/home.html

181.02 Virtual Art at Sotheby

Artlink together with Sotheby's have launched a web and CD promotion of their International Young Art 2002 Auction. Artlink specialises in the promotion of International Young Artist and together with Sothebys launch a yearly auction in several locations around the world. The web and CD promotion where developed and designed by 3dmuse.com, an architecturally based company specialising in the research and development of virtual environments.

URL: http://www.3dmuse.com
URL: http://www.artlinkinc.com/iya2002catalogue/artlink_iya2002.htm

181.03 Kyoto University, Japan & Solid Edge

The Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University has selected product lifecycle management (PLM) software from EDS PLM Solutions to support its mechanical design automation curriculum. Kyoto University will deploy 100 seats of Solid Edge, the leading mid-range mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) system, within its digital engineering learning environment. "Our students have a very high interest and expectation for 3D CAD education at Kyoto University," said Dr. Atsushi Matsubara, associate professor at the Department of Precision Engineering within the Faculty. "They also have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and a great enthusiasm to master new technology in a very short time frame."

URL: http://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/index-e.html
URL: http://www.solidedge.com/

Also, see PLM World 2002 conference in Events below.

181.04 Healthcare: 3D Models

A.D.A.M. Inc has signed a content licensing agreement with Tenet Healthcare Corporation under which both English and Spanish versions of A.D.A.M.'s core health information products will be available on Tenet hospital web sites. Products included in the license agreement are A.D.A.M.'s Health Illustrated Encyclopaedia, its new Body Guide product, Surgeries & Procedures, and the new version of its interactive pregnancy guide. Spanish versions of both the Encyclopedia and Surgeries & Procedures product were also included. A.D.A.M.'s proprietary content assets include an illustrated 3,800 topic medical encyclopedia; topical health centers; 40,000 medical illustrations; 3D models; animations; and interactive tools and technology.

URL: http://www.tenethealth.com

181.05 Visualization Users Announced include Shell, Statoil

High-performance visualization is increasingly important to geoscientists and engineers constructing models of subsurface structures, drilling targets and well trajectories to efficiently drain the reservoirs and only six months after launching its first product, Cyviz has announced users including Shell, Statoil, Agip, Hydro, Technoguide and Roxar. CYVIZ is also making it possible for Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Saab Automobile VW and Dassault Systems to review 3D simulations of their products collaboratively and demonstrate 3D simulations of their products at trade shows.

URL: http://www.Cyviz.com

181.06 Boat Builders Use 3D

At IBEX in Florida, USA from February 6 to 8, Joe Petrich, senior designer from Delta Marine, and Jim Payant, from Janicki Machine, will present their techniques for using 3D models and CNC machining to create molds and plugs and discuss how using digital technology has changed their building process. URLs for thiose interested in boat building follow.

URL: http://www.ibexshow.com
URL: http://www.flaingo3d.com
URL: http://www.proteuengineering.com
URL: http://www.deltamarine.com
URL: http://www.3wplanet.com
URL: http://www.morrellimelvin.com
URL: http://www.mirabellayachts.com
URL: http://www.ronhollanddesign.com
URL: http://www.iconsailing.com
URL: http://www.perryboat.com
URL: http://www.rhino3d.com

81.07 One Quote of the Issue: Robert Kross, Autodesk

"Although engineers and designers can visualize in a two-dimensional environment, the rest of the world sees in 3D." Robert Kross, vice president of the Manufacturing division at Autodesk.

URL: http://www.autodesk.com

181.08 Another Quote of the Issue: Carly Fiorina, HP

"... representatives from the business community aren't supporting Linux because it's popular. They're doing it because it meets their needs and those of their customers, and they're putting their money where their mouths are. The reality is that Microsoft solutions on industry-standard hardware are a mainstay of many corporations, especially on the desktop, and will continue to be so." Hewlett-Packard Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Carly Fiorina.

URL: http://www.hp.com

181.09 FaceVision 3D Identification System

Geometrix has announced its FaceVision 3D Identification System family of products, offering fully-automatic 3D imaging of human faces for facial recognition systems, 3D "mug shots", fraud-resistant identification documents, and passenger screening systems. The low-cost FaceVision 200 Series 3D Identification System provides 3D imaging of the critical frontal region of the face, while the higher-end FaceVision 600 Series 3D Identification System extracts ear-to-ear 3D images. The FaceVision 200 Series 3D Identification System is claimed to be the world's lowest cost, biometrically accurate 3D face capture solution for forensic and security applications where field-portability is essential. The FaceVision 200 Series 3D Identification System consists of two standard, adjacently mounted, digital cameras plus lighting, tripod, background panel, calibration target, and software for processing the images into 3D models automatically. The FaceVision 600 Series 3D Identification System is said to be the world's most automated, highest quality and cost effective solution for full 180 degrees, ear-to-ear 3D face capture (hair included), making it ideal for high-throughput applications such as police booking stations, passenger screening points, DMVs and visa or passport offices.

URL: http://www.geometrix.com/

181.10 Workflow-Enhancing by Softimage

Softimage has announced workflow-enhancing products for its SOFTIMAGE|XSI nonlinear animation (NLA) system and other third-party animation products. The introduction of these products, which fully incorporate mental ray v.3.0 technology, provide customers with the flexibility to create customized and highly optimized processing and rendering environments, with benefits when combined with SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.2.0 software.

URL: http://www.softimage.com

181.11 Autodesk & 3D Design

Autodesk has announced the Autodesk Inventor Series, a collection of 2D and 3D design applications that includes Autodesk Inventor 3D design software and Autodesk Mechanical Desktop, in one package. With this new offer, customers will continue to receive the functionality of Autodesk Mechanical Desktop software while gaining access to the 3D design system, Autodesk Inventor.

URL: http://www.autodesk.com

181.12 Additions to LightWorks

LightWork Design has unveiled two additions to LightWorks, the rendering engine, LightWorks Sketch and LightWorks Real-time Plus.

URL: http://www.lightworkdesign.com

181.13 StereoGraphics Adds DDD's TriDef

StereoGraphics and DDD Group Plc, provider of 3D content creation, delivery and display solutions, have signed an agreement under which StereoGraphics will add DDD's TriDef 3D playback system into StereoGraphics' SynthaGram product line. In addition, the agreement enables DDD to offer the SynthaGram products to its customers desiring an eyewear-free 3D display. The SynthaGram combines a liquid crystal display panel, lenticular screen and graphics card with software to enable viewing in Stereo3D without special eyewear. DDD's TriDef 3D System enhances the SynthaGram by enabling the playback of stereoscopic 3D video, making it suitable for trade show and conference room presentations, entertainment and advertising, and 3D visualization. DDD also supplies 2D to 3D content conversion services, enabling existing content to be converted to 3D and viewed on the SynthaGram Monitor.

URL: http://www.stereographics.com
URL: http://www.ddd.com

181.14 Smoke with Fire

Discreet is shipping smoke 5, the latest version of its real-time high-definition (HD) nonlinear editing and finishing system. With improved support for the OMF interchange format, smoke 5 offers a new offline-to-online workflow with the use of traditional offline Avid non-linear editing systems. Now, OMF files from MediaComposer and Symphony can be output to a smoke 5 system with conforming and finishing precision for 4:4:4 RGB images, creating a unified workflow between the two environments for advanced effects. The company is also shipping fire 5 system providing new benefits such as Open Media Framework Interchange (OMFI) for transferring file formats from Avid offline NLE systems, resolutions up to 4Kx3K with 12-bit color depth, true 2K-24p realtime playback, matte containers, audio timewarps and a significant increase in the number of 3D DVE layers.

URL: http://www.discreet.com

181.15 Video Toaster

NewTek is shipping Video Toaster, a live video production environment for Windows 2000-based computer systems. The Video Toaster retails for $2995 and includes a real time nonlinear editor, live web streaming, character generation, 2D painting and compositing, 3D animation and effects, real time keying, video and audio processing.

URL: http://www.newtek.com

181.16 Get Involved with OpenHSF

Thanks to Melle Amade-Vice of Tech Soft America for advising us that the OpenHSF Advisory Council inaugural meeting will be held in conjunction with Daratech Summit 2002 on February 27 in New York, USA. This meeting will be an important step in developing the OAC into a useful, functioning council, which will provide practical contribution to advancing the HSF format.

URL: http://www.openhsf.org

181.17 Patents: HP View

"In HP's view, even the so-called 'Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory' patent licensing would distort the standards selection process to an unacceptable level for Web infrastructure software standards," she said. "We continue to work to draft a policy that requires the W3C to endorse only those recommendations which can be used free of royalties." Hewlett-Packard Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Carly Fiorina.

URL: http://www.hp.com

181.18 Patent: A Dial Modeling Device

Kansei Corporation Advance Co Ltd has been awarded US Patent No 6339425 for: "A dial modeling device includes a three-dimensional model producing section for individually producing the three-dimensional model of plural indicators forming a dial, a rendering section for respectively projecting the data of the three-dimensional model of each indicator acquired in the three-dimensional model producing section on a two-dimensional plane, executing rendering by specifying a different light source every indicator and individually generating two-dimensional data for making each indicator look solid, an image storing section for storing the two-dimensional data generated in the rendering section of each indicator and an image synthesizing section for synthesizing the two-dimensional data of each indicator stored in the image storing section and the faced part of the dial."

181.19 People: X3D Technologies

Philippe Van Nedervelde has been appointed as Co-CEO of X3D Technologies Inc based in Florida, USA. X3D is the new entity into which the assets of the former JesterDigital were carried over. The company was founded by Michael Bay and John Textor. X3D recently deployed eye-catching i3D experiences for signature projects such as Disney Studios' blockbuster Pearl Harbor as well as for the world renowned rock band Metallica. Mr Van Nedervelde won the "Best Application" award at the VR World Congress 2001 in Barcelona for his presentation of the Virtual Munich Airport Center project. Prior to starting E-SPACES, Mr. Van Nedervelde founded the Genootschap voor Virtuele Realiteit (VR Society), and is currently the Executive Director for Europe of the Foresight Institute, a public education non-profit dedicated to nanotechnology. Mr. Van Nedervelde is fluent in five modern languages and presently learning his sixth.

URL: http://www.x3dtech.com

181.00 Events & Calls for Papers

181.20 NetGames2002: Call for Papers - URGENT

NetGames2002 - First International Workshop on Network and System Support for Games. April 16-17, 2002 - Braunschweig, Germany

URL: http://www.ibr.cs.tu-bs.de/netgames2002/
URL: http://argul.ifi.uio.no/NetGames/REG-paper/

181.21 Call for Papers - Cyber Terrorism

SECTOR 5, a B2B executive conference and exposition dedicated to exploring cyber terrorism and the targets of critical infrastructures, scheduled August 21-23, 2002 in Washington, D.C, USA, has announced a call for speakers. SECTOR 5 will gather executives from corporations, organizations, and government agencies that represent the five critical infrastructure sectors of banking/financial services, utilities/energy/water, telecommunications/information services, transportation and vital health/safety/emergency services.

URL: http://www.sector5.biz

181.22 Artificial Intelligence for Virtual Humans

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Teesside invites VREfresh readers invites to the lecture, "Artificial Intelligence for Virtual Humans," to be given by Professor Marc Cavazza, Professor of Virtual Reality on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at the University campus in Middlesbrough at 6.30pm. This lecture will discuss two key problems in the development of intelligent virtual humans. The first consists in "doing the right thing", ie the correct choice of actions in context, which is the object of the sub-field of AI known as planning. The second is the understanding of human language, whether to accept instructions from humans, or to engage in conversations with them.

Email mailto:m.white@tees.ac.uk

181.23 International Conference on 3D Web Technology

7th International Conference on 3D Web Technology, sponsored by ACM SIGGRAPH and the WEB3D Consortium in cooperation with Eurographics, is being held in Tempe, Arizona, USA from February 24th to 28th.

URL: http://Web3DSymposium.org

181.24 VR Conference: Speakers from BMW, Audi, EADS/Airbus...

Thanks to Ludwig Fuchs for telling us Realtime Technology is holding its third VR conference in Landshut, Germany on March 7th and 8th. The company has assembled an excellent group of speakers from BMW, Audi, EADS/Airbus, NVidia, Siemens and vrcom.

URL: http://www.realtime-technology.de

181.25 PLM World 2002

PLM World 2002 takes place April 29 - May 3 in Orlando, Florida, USA. This new users' group conference combines the Unigraphics Users Group and The ICCON Network. The conference will feature sessions on many products from EDS PLM Solutions including Unigraphics, I-deas, i-Man and Teamcenter, and will highlight cross-product exposure, product differences and input on product evolution priorities. For agenda and registration details:

URL: http://event.plmworld.org

For extensive information about events relevant to the European VR/i3D community, see the events pages on El.pub: for Europe: base05.htm, for the rest of the world: connone.htm

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