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					8th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies (ICDVRAT 2010) with ArtAbilitation 2010
ICDVRAT with ArtAbilitation is organised as a single plenary conference.

Viña del Mar / Valparaíso, Chile, 31 August – 2 September 2010

CALL FOR PAPERS
EXTENDED ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 12 March 2010 (ACCEPTED PAPERS SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 1 July 2010)
About Viña del Mar … Founded as a seaside resort for the upper class, Viña del Mar was born from the division of the “La Viña del Mar” hacienda of Dolores Perez. Her daughter and sole heiress, Mercedes Alvarez, married the businessman and politician José Francisco Vergara, who created a plan that would give birth to this coastal city. Shortly after the plan was passed in 1874, the Municipality of Viña del Mar was created. Over the years, the new seaside town would come to be an exclusive summer vacationing spot for the aristocracy from the capital city and principal coastal port of the country, who built large mansions and elegant avenues. Currently, Viña del Mar is recognized as the Tourism Capital of Chile, and as a “Garden City” due to its being surrounded by large swaths of green areas. The city has 13 beaches (approximately 3.5 kilometers), the most important of which is located in Reñaca, the city‟s main beach, which has a life of its own and includes all the installations and infrastructure necessary to receive a large number of tourists. It has a very unique architecture, with beautiful residential neighborhoods complete with chalets surrounded by beautiful gardens and a number of modern high-rises, most of which are located on the beachfront. In walking through its streets, and as a testimony to the golden age of Viña del Mar, one can find palaces and antique buildings that date back to the beginning of the 20th century. The Municipality of Viña del Mar is located in the V Region of the country, in the Valparaíso Province, approximately 120 kilometers from Santiago and only 9 kilometers from Valparaiso, the country‟s main port city, as well as the regional and national legislative capital. Viña del Mar has a smooth summer climate and temperate winters; rain is limited almost exclusively to the winter season (from the end of April to August). During the winter, frosty temperatures are practically unknown to this area, which maintains a smooth and agreeable spring-like climate all year round. The inhabitants from the hinterland of Chile, where Santiago and other important cities are located, travel to Viña del Mar in all seasons in order to have fun, rest and relax, or to escape from the heat of summer or the cold of winter. Among the consequences of this particular climate is the facility for the adaptation and development of multiple, and at times delicate, species of flowers and vegetation, both native and exotic. As such, Viña del Mar offers a beautiful spectacle due to the variety, profusion and rich color of its trees and flowers. ICDVRAT and ArtAbilitation conferences are affiliated with the INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR VIRTUAL REHABILITATION

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE SERIES

ON

DISABILITY, VIRTUAL REALITY AND WITH ARTABILITATION

ASSOCIATED TECHNOLOGIES

WWW.ICDVRAT.READING.AC.UK • WWW.ARTABILITATION.NET • WWW.ISVR.ORG

8th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies (ICDVRAT 2010)
The purpose of the eighth International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies is to provide a forum for international experts and researchers to present and review how advances in the general area of Virtual Reality can be used to assist people with disabilities. This international conference will encompass all aspects of technology used in Virtual Reality systems. Papers are sought in which technical innovation is backed up by evidence of original and practical implementation, or which promise practical implementation in the very near future. Presentations which include video material and/or experimental systems are particularly welcome. Facilities for presenting such material will be available at the conference (see Electronic Submission Form). The research presented at the conference will be published in a peer reviewed Proceedings which will be made widely available. It is hoped that the conference will act as a focus for international collaboration. ICDVRAT 2010 follows on from the success of the conference series: Maidenhead, UK (1996), Skövde, Sweden (1998); Alghero, Sardinia (2000); Veszprém, Hungary (2002); Oxford, UK (2004); Esbjerg, Denmark (2006); and in 2008 in Maia/Porto, Portugal. Full papers presented at all previous conferences are available from the conference archive at www.icdvrat.reading.ac.uk. Delegates to ICDCVRAT will receive a CD Proceedings with full papers and summary Book of Abstracts, available at the time of the conference.

Topics:
Papers are encouraged in all areas that span Disability, Virtual Reality and its Associated Technologies, encompassing both practical application and more generic research. The following topics are just a few of those that will be relevant to the conference: Virtual and enhanced environments | Motor rehabilitation | Clinical assessment | Cognitive rehabilitation Communication and Language | Ambisonics and audio environments | Haptic devices | Visual impairment Medical systems | Input devices, sensors and actuators | Multi-user systems for user interaction | Computer access Mobility | Communications aids | Tools for architectural/CAD design | Product design, testing and prototyping Training tools for rehabilitation | Augmented reality applications | Human Factors | Rehabilitation Robotics The conference Programme Committee also welcomes proposals for posters outlining the kernels of collaborative research with the specific aim of fostering international collaboration for the development of co-operative research proposals seeking European Community or other similar programme support.

Full Paper Categories:
Authors are encouraged to submit papers in the following categories: Full Studies; Pilot Studies (Late Breaking Results); System Development; Future Development/Vision Papers

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE SERIES

ON

DISABILITY, VIRTUAL REALITY AND WITH ARTABILITATION

ASSOCIATED TECHNOLOGIES

WWW.ICDVRAT.READING.AC.UK • WWW.ARTABILITATION.NET • WWW.ISVR.ORG

ArtAbilitation 2010
Traditional art forms are commonly used in rehabilitation to important effect. Life quality benefits of creative and playful expression are well documented and music-making, painting, sculpting and other recreation/entertainment practices are subject of key investigations. The advent of digital techniques opens up possibilities such that new opportunities in therapeutic/learning/training across the span from physical-to-cognitive are being investigated. Interactive genres such as games, virtual reality and other interactive entertainment are included in this open field which incorporate all ages, abilities and standing. Potentials are increasingly being recognized from the public sector such as at hospitals, schools and institutes, as well as in private practices, however, despite outcome expectations often being exceeded there is minimum report which may be restricted possibly due to the known problems of insufficient valid tools of assessment. Yet these same outcome phenomena are resulting in specialized interactive „smart rooms‟ being designed and built to offer new resources for clients and families, educators and researchers, and facilitators/therapists. Such rooms also offer new training opportunities toward exploring needs for next-generation practitioners. ArtAbilitation exists to enable all to share findings in order to disseminate experiences and knowledge gain under a common ) „movement‟. Whilst articles and presentations are expected to conform to scientific standards of report and publication (and help is offered in achieving such standards to ensure all can contribute) an emphasis at the conference is on bi-directional learning and sharing of results across the spectrum of techniques, concepts and user... by this we mean scientists listening to evidence from practitioners with open ears and vice-versa. Thus, presentations are targeted where consideration is made such that all can attend and understand, as opposed to use of a delimited specialized language that relates to the few. Outcome evidence from this evolving field forever confronts traditional science theories, interpretations, and understandings. The ArtAbilitation event brings together practitioners and scientists, students and professionals, as well as societal representatives who are interested in investigating the cutting edge of the field into a melting pot from where new learning and networking can evolve. Toward this aim once again ArtAbilitation will proudly support the International Conference Series on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies, www.icdvrat.reading.ac.uk. ArtAbilitation is affiliated to the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE SERIES

ON

DISABILITY, VIRTUAL REALITY AND WITH ARTABILITATION

ASSOCIATED TECHNOLOGIES

WWW.ICDVRAT.READING.AC.UK • WWW.ARTABILITATION.NET • WWW.ISVR.ORG

CALL FOR PAPERS
EXTENDED ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 12 March 2010
Publication of Papers:
Submission of papers implies that authors are able to provide a full paper (c. 8 pages), which will appear in the conference proceedings. The conference CD Proceedings with full papers and a Book of Abstracts for on site reference will be available at the conference. Papers accepted for the conference require the registration of at least one of the authors as a Full Delegate or Full Student Delegate to the conference.

Submission of Papers:
Paper Submission: Authors are requested to submit electronically extended abstracts for consideration to: p.m.sharkey@reading.ac.uk with the Subject: ICDVRAT (or ArtAbilitation) 2010 Submission The abstract should include a cover page with:  Stream Preference (ICDVRAT or ArtAbilitation);  Category Preference (Full Study; Late Breaking/Pilot Results; System Development or Future Development/Vision Paper);  Title; All author‟s names (underline surname), affiliations, and addresses; Name of author to contact for correspondence; Email address of contact. It is expected that all accepted presentations will be presented at the conference Extended Abstract: As a guide an extended abstract should be taken to mean two pages of text (c. 800~1000 words), plus supporting images/diagrams/tables. The text should be clear enough to allow referees to judge the potential of the paper‟s suitability for ICDVRAT. Please note: as a firm rule, short abstracts will not be reviewed and will be automatically rejected. Review procedure: Each submission will be reviewed under the following specific headings: originality of concept(s); clarity of presentation; relevance to the conference; technical soundness; and importance of results. It is particularly important to provide sufficient information for the last two headings in the abstract to facilitate assessment. The conference language is English. All presentations will be 20 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes for specific questions. Accepted papers should be presented by one of the contributing authors at the conference for which registration as a Full Delegate or Full Student Delegate is required. Submission: All documentation to ICDVRAT and ArtAbilitation should be submitted electronically. Example papers: are available on the ICDVRAT website (Archive Section). A paper template for the final paper is also available (Author Information Section) and will be sent to authors of accepted papers.

Important Dates:
In order to produce the conference proceedings in time for the conference it is important that the following dates are strictly respected: Submission of Abstracts 12 March, 2010 Notification of Acceptance 15 May, 2010 Submission of Final Paper 1 July, 2010 Final papers are required to be submitted in Word format to facilitate electronic editing of the Proceedings.

Registration: Full registration before 1 July 2008 will include full attendance to all sessions with coffee-breaks and
lunch during the conference, Conference CD Full Proceedings and Book of Abstracts, welcome reception, and Conference Banquet. For delegates who register after 1 July a late registration fee will be added.

Letters of Invite: Authors of accepted papers who require confirmation of registration will receive a letter
supporting their attendance at the conference. The conference does not issue letters of invitation otherwise.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE SERIES
ON

DISABILITY, VIRTUAL REALITY AND WITH ARTABILITATION

ASSOCIATED TECHNOLOGIES

WWW.ICDVRAT.READING.AC.UK • WWW.ARTABILITATION.NET • WWW.ISVR.ORG