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Background


This conference will be the second of the International Conference on Virtual Storytelling series. The first one, took place on September 27-28, 2001 in Avignon (France) in the frame of the prestigious "Palais des Papes". Despite the tragic events of the 11th September that led to some last minute cancellations, more than 100 people from 14 different countries (Belgium, France, Canada, Czech-Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, South-Korea, Switzerland, U.K., U.S.A.) attended the four invited lectures given by international experts - Eric Badiqué & Pascal Jacques (European Commission), Andrew Glassner (consultant) & Ronen Barzel (formerly animation scientist at Pixar), Paul Kafno (producer and managing director of HD Thames) and Bruce Blumberg & Bill Tomlinson (Synthetic Characters Group, MIT Media Lab), the thirteen scientific talks and the six scientific demonstrations.

One demonstration was a live show of virtual puppets presented during the Gala Dinner. Two SME presented some high-tech hardware (Immersion SA) and software (RealViz) on industrial booths and sponsored ICVS'2001 by offering prizes for the "Best Paper" and for the "Best Application". We know for sure that these prizes are currently used by the recipients to improve their artistic and scientific research.

The conference proceedings, composed of 210 pages, were published by Springer as volume 2197 of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. More than 150 copies have been distributed to the participants, the members of the Committee and the sponsors. Moreover, Springer sent copies of the proceedings to the numerous libraries around the world that have subscribed to the LNCS and gave an electronic access to the proceedings via the LINK Web site.

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