ISMAR 2012, the premier international conference on research into the science, technology, applications and uses of Mixed and Augmented Reality, invites you to join us from November 5-8th 2012 in Atlanta, GA, USA! We are excited that this year's symposium is being held on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology, at Georgia Tech's Hotel and Conference Center. Located in the center of Altanta, Georgia, USA, Georgia Tech is one of the top public research universities in the United States, and a nationally ranked leader in many of the academic disciplines that form the heart of ISMAR: Computer Science, Engineering, HCI, Robotics & Computer Vision, and Digital Media. Atlanta is one of the largest cities in the United States, often considered the "capital of the South." With a diverse and young population, Atlanta is a dynamic city with many cultural and historic attractions, restaurants, shopping, sports and outdoor activities. Atlanta is served by Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the worlds busiest airport.
This year's conference showcases the diversity and quality of work in Mixed and Augmented Reality, with a top-quality collection of workshops, tutorials, panels, papers and posters in both the Science and Technology and Art, Media and Humanities programs. Many authors of these papers will showcase their work in the Demonstration program, joining work submitted directly to the Demonstration program with work from the sponsoring organizations.
We are extremely pleased to return ISMAR's technical program to a single-track format, allowing attendees the opportunity to see all sessions, posters and demonstrations. We look forward to increased interaction between ISMAR's increasingly diverse attendees, and hope these increased opportunities for cross-disciplinary contact sow the seeds for new and exciting future collaborations.
New to the program this year is the inaugural ISMAR Doctoral Consortium. The Consortium is an opportunity for PhD students to present their research, discuss their current progress and future plans, and receive constructive criticism and guidance regarding their future work and career objectives from a panel of academic and industrial researchers. The participants in the DC will also have posters in the poster session, allowing them to get feedback from all conference attendees.
Recognizing the diversity of ISMAR attendee interests, and the need to provide venues for practical as well as scientific topics, this year we have also added a Birds-of-a-Feather program. The BOF program allows any attendee to organize a session around a topic of interest relevant to ISMAR, allowing like-minded attendees to gather and discuss common interests and problems in an informal setting.
Our two keynote speakers, Sharhram Izadi and Perry Hoberman, represent the diversity of ISMAR research. Both speakers represent the best of multi-disciplinary research that sits at the heart of Mixed and Augmented Reality. Izadi combines advanced technology with cutting edge interaction and application research, while Hoberman sits at the intersection of technology, art and media. Ken Perlin will keynote the Authoring Workshop, and the Tracking Workshop will feature keynotes by Andrew Davison and Jan-Michael Frahm. We expect all to give exciting talks that will be inspirational to all attendees.
We are pleased to take advantage of the conference location and have arranged for a research demo event at Georgia Tech's Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (RIM) and GVU Center. Together, these research centers comprise over a hundred researchers from disciplines across Georgia Tech's campus (including engineering, computing, architecture, and the digital humanities), with research spanning robotics, computer vision, computational perception, HCI, graphics, augmented and mixed reality, health, design, cognitive science, education, architecture and gaming. We hope attendees will enjoy this opportunity.
We hope that you will all enjoy ISMAR 2012, Atlanta, and the Georgia Tech community!
Symposium General Chairs,
Blair MacIntyre, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
Greg Welch, Institute for Simulation & Training and Computer Science (EECS), The University of Central Florida