World16 2011 Summer Workshop in Italy

Forum8′s World16 project is a global research group working to develop innovative virtual reality technologies in architecture, civil engineering, driving simulation, urban design, construction, and a variety of other fields. Researchers are based at universities around the world and use Forum8′s virtual reality software UC-win/Road as a common platform to share and present their research.

This year, the research group held its VR summer workshop at the Università di Pisa, home of host professor and World16 member Paolo Fiamma. Professor Fiamma teaches in the department of Civil Engineering and organized this year’s VR workshop.

This year’s workshop included presentations on real-time 3D graphics technology by guest speakers Simon Mabey from ARUP in Manchester, UK, and professor Fumio Seki from Nihon University, Japan.

Simon Mabey ARUP

Simon Mabey presents VR and 3D modeling technologies used by ARUP.

Other sessions included presentations by each research team representative, new product demonstrations, and a collaborative workshop for all current projects.


The on-going research listed below and featured at last week’s workshop will be presented at the upcoming International VR Symposium this November in Tokyo, Japan:

Implementing “Traffic Derivation Protocol” to UC/win/Road to Avoid Traffic Jams While Visualizing VR Models.
Prof. Amar Bennadji, Robert Gordon University

Two “Cloud” Technologies: Point Cloud Optimization and VR Cloud Application for Townscape Design
Prof. Tomohiro Fukuda, Osaka University

Prof. Kostas Terzidis, Harvard University

Digital Manga in UC-win/Road
Prof. Marc Aurel Schnabel and Dr. Inge Yingge Qu,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Media Field Navigation
Prof. Marcos Novak, University of California SB

Shader Graphs for UC-win/Road
Matthew Swarts, Georgia Institute of Technology

Multiple Stakeholders in the Shadows of the Datascape
Prof. Michael Jemtrud, Jason Crow, and Andrew Chung, McGill University

Visualizing Wadi Madaiq
Prof. Ron Hawker, Zayed University

From Acoustic Simulation to Form Generation ::
a Case Study in Noise Simulation and Visualization

Prof. Ruth Ron, University of Florida

Extreme Interaction with UC-win/Road using a Lightweight Character Representation Method
Prof. Taro Narahara, New Jersey Institute of Technology

VR in Construction Monitoring
Prof. Wael Abdelhameed, University of Bahrain

Character Development
Prof. Thomas Tucker, Winston-Salem State University

CityDesign Tool for Japanese Castle
Prof. Yoshihiro Kobayashi, Arizona State University

SIM Lucca – VR for Italian Cities
Prof. Paolo Fiamma and Pierluigi D’Acunto, University of Pisa