IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference

                                                                 4th IEEE International Workshop on Digital Entertainment, Networked      
                                                                            Virtual Environments, and Creative 
Technology (DENVECT)

                                                                                             CCNC 2012 - Satellite Workshop 
                                                                                   January 14 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 
                                                                           Sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society

Computer games become increasingly important; not only in entertainment but also in serious applications. Games are being used in education, training, decisions support, communication, marketing and even as art forms. Games enable people to experience environments and situations that could never be experienced in real life, because they are too dangerous, unreachable, or simply do not exist. Games can train abilities in new, effective and enjoyable ways. And games can create new social networks in which people from all over the world meet, talk, and play together.

New technology, like faster computers and graphics cards, new interface techniques, broadband connections and mobile devices, lead to new game play possibilities. But they also put a large burden on those of us who must create such games. Players get more demanding.

They expect not only realistic graphics and physics but also natural behaviour of the entities that inhibit the virtual game worlds. They expect gripping storylines that are smoothly incorporated in the game play. They expect to be challenged by game play that understands the player and automatically adapts to her abilities.

This is only achievable by hard work and new research. Research in new graphics and physics techniques, research in new forms of artificial intelligence, research in human-computer interaction, research in learning and automatic scenario design, and research in the artistic aspects of games. Fortunately digital entertainment and creative technology is nowadays considered as a serious academic domain and the number of researchers studying these topics is rapidly increasing.  An excellent way to advance the state-of-the-art in digital entertainment and creative technology is to have people from all these different, multi-disciplinary areas of research meet and discuss their problems and achievements. The IEEE Digital Entertainment, Networked Virtual Environments, and Creative Technology Workshop is an excellent opportunity for this. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together academic and industry researchers, designers and computer entertainment developers and practitioners, to address and advance the research and development issues related to computer entertainment. Papers presenting original research and applications are being sought in all areas of digital entertainment and creative technology. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

 Topics areas:  

  • Real-time animation and computer graphics for video games
  • Distributed simulation and communication in multi-player games
  • Augmented physical systems
  • Cheat detection and prevention
  • Experiences on large-scale gaming system design and implementation
  • Impact of online game growth on network infrastructure
  • Input devices, haptics and accessibility
  • Latency issues and lag compensation techniques
  • Messaging and conferencing in games
  • Mobile and resource-constrained systems
  • Network measurement and traffic modelling
  • Network protocol design
  • Networks of sensors and actuators
  • P2P & scalable system architectures
  • Quality of service and content adaptation
  • Security, authentication, accounting and digital rights management
  • System benchmarking, performance evaluation, and provisioning
  • User and usability studies
  • User behaviour and social network in games
  • User-generated content authoring and management
  • Virtualization technology applied to games
  • Game console hardware and software
  • Artificial intelligence in games
  • Interactive physics
  • Uses of GPU for non-graphical algorithms in games
  • Multi-processor techniques for games
  • Speech and vision processing as user input techniques
  • Development tools and techniques
  • Cinematography in games
  • Game design and game genres
  • Story structure (setting, plot, character, theme) in games
  • Games (Casual, Serious, Mobile, Networked, Alternative Reality, Ubiquitous, Pervasive, etc.)
  • Game production pipelines, Tools and Middleware

Papers Guidelines for Submission

Submitted papers must represent original material that is not currently under review in any other conference or journal, and has not been previously published. The paper should be used as the basis for a 20 - 30 minute workshop presentation.

Manuscripts should be written in English conforming to the IEEE standard conference format (8.5" x 11", Two-Column) and not exceed 5 pages in length. Submission of papers should be regarded as a commitment such that, if accepted, at least one author of the paper will register and attend the conference; otherwise it will be removed from the IEEE Digital Library after the conference. 

  • Papers should be submitted in a .pdf or .ps format by selecting CCNC'12 on the EDAS paper submission website and then selecting the workshop submission link.
  • A separate cover sheet should show the title of the paper, the author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s), and the address (including e-mail, telephone, and fax) to which the correspondence should be sent.

Important Dates
Paper Submission:                     19 September 2011
Author Notification:                      26 September 2011
Camera-ready Copy:                  10 October 2011
Workshop date:                           14 January 2012

Workshop General Chairs
Madjid Merabti ( – Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Workshop Programme Co-Chairs
Marco Roccetti ( – University of Bologna, UK
Abdennour El Rhalibi  ( - Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Claudio E. Palazzi (  ) - University of Padua, Italy

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