will provide an introduction to Virtual Environments (VEs) and
Virtual Humans technologies applied for communications, in particular
on the Internet. These topics have been capturing attention of
researchers for nearly two decades. Recently, companies have been
exploring commercial applications and adding new excitement to
In the introductory
part, we will provide a classification of technical areas related
to VEs, ranging from Computer Graphics at the highest level, to
special fields like Virtual Reality.
We will then introduce concepts and challenges of Networked Collaborative
Virtual Environments (NCVEs). NCVEs allow multiple geographically
distant participants to meet and collaborate in the virtual space
visualized on their local workstations. The participants will
have the possibility of experiencing such an environment on their
PC workstations and view other examples on the video.
In the final
part of the workshop we will concentrate on Virtual Humans, starting
from basic concepts of simulating humans on a computer. Virtual
Humans on the Web will then be introduced through potential applications,
technical issues and problems, as well as practical examples.
The workshop is intended for technically aware participants with
interest in new technologies and applications, and does not suppose
any particular background knowledge.