DigitalSpace Events Schedule
2007 DigitalSpace Events
July 30, 2007: Bruce Damer presented a special session at Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm's LDAC facility in the Presidio , San Francisco, California. This presentation covered the history of the development of the virtual world medium and its application to space exploration. Note that this presentation was not open to the public.
July 30, 2007: Bruce Damer presented "From Avatar Space to Outer Space" at the Luna Philosophie evening at CitizenSpace in downtown San Francisco. This event was hosted by the NASA CoLab. In this session, Bruce presented a sweeping visual journey through the origins and evolution of multi-player gaming, avatars and social virtual worlds up to the present "main-streaming of the metaverse" in platforms such as Second Life. From there we boldly went where no virtual world had gone before... into the real-time 3D design engineering of NASA's architectures for robotic and human exploration of the solar system in the first quarter of this century. Some never-before-seen mission scenarios, developed by Bruce's company DigitalSpace working with NASA, were presented during this session. Bruce also dipped into Project Biota, a ten-year initiative in artificial life and hyper-evolution. Bruce concluded by suggesting pathways to combine the power of avatar cyberspace and serious engineering environments for the public understanding and support of space.
June 10-13, 2007: Brad Blair and Bruce Damer of DigitalSpace presented two papers at the Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium hosted by NORCAT in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The two papers dealt with our recent work on simulating a drill jumbo machine used in underground mining and NASA-sponsored work to simulate lunar excavators.
May 9th, 2007: Bruce Damer presented a session on "The Origins, Evolution and Future of Virtual Worlds" at the British Computer Society in London, UK. This was part of the BCS' 50th Anniversary programme of events.
May 2nd, 2007: Bruce Damer and Galen Brandt presented an evening performance at Parkhuis De Zwijger in downtown Amsterdam, Holland as a part of the series Science Fiction, Science Faction An exploration of the visions behind the contemporary digital world. This was organized by the Waag Society, Internet provider XS4ALL and the Cyberspace Salvations Research Team (University of Leiden, Erasmus University Rotterdam). You can see photos of this presentation, hear the audio and view the video of Galen and Bruce at this page.
Week of April 26, 2007:
Bruce Damer presented "The Origins, Evolution and Future of Virtual Worlds" at the Czech Technical University, Department of Computer Science, in Prague, Czech Republic. This event was open to the public and hosted by the Computer Graphics Group.
March 26th, 2007:
Bruce Damer presented the Virtual Worlds Timeline project to the Virtual Worlds SIG of the SDForum of Silicon Valley. This event was held in Palo Alto, California and was open to the public. For directions, teleports and media, see this page.
February 27th, 2007:
Bruce Damer appeared "in-avatar" as an evening event "What Do Men Want? Hot Clothes! An evening with Howard Bloom, Bruce Damer, Carter Emmart, Leonid Gurevich, and Second Life" part of Daria Dorosh's new gallery show The Changing Room at A.I.R. gallery in New York City. The event was held on Tuesday, February 27, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and was open to the public.
January 26th 2007: Was Bruce Damer's presentation "From Avatar Space to Outer Space" to the MAPS program of Modesto Jr. College in Modesto California. Find the Powerpoint presentation online here. Thanks Stan Trevena for the photo of Bruce presenting over the cyber-bridge.
More events to be announced soon