Archive for the 'CCS' Category

‘carbon zero hero’

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Perhaps also of interest to fellow CCS’ers, this new ‘information appliance’ embodies values outside of productivity and leisure.


“The journal is a vehicle for my sense of selfhood”

Friday, October 13th, 2006

On Keeping a Journal. Superficial to understand the journal as just a receptacle for one’s private, secret throughts - like a confidante who is deaf, dumb and illiterate. In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself.” 31 December, 1958, Paris.

Excerpts from Susan Sontag’s diaries and notebooks were published in the September 10 2006 issue of the New York Times Newspaper (link below). They remind me why I should be working more at keeping a visual diary, a blog, whatever you want to call it. I’m redeemed that she too made use of bits and pieces of paper - notes were found strewn over her Manhattan apartment post mortem. She died Dec 28, 2004 at the age of 71.




Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

SORRY about that long post before everybody.. It seems the ‘more’ tag gets stripped out when the feed grabs my post… Not sure if its a wordpress or a w.bloggar thing? Any suggestions? (– other than practice my editing skills?)


Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Some personal highlights from this year’s IEEEVR 2006 conference, March 25-29, Alexandria, Virginia, USA.
(1) Chris Dede (Harvard) gave the keynote address, reflecting on his research in immersion and situated learning.
(2) The panels turned out very well… I co-chaired their selection with Joe LaViola (Brown). Our first (2a) ‘How do we solve Human Factors for VR and AR Applications’ included review of UI issues and the second one (2b) was on the ‘Challenges of Applying VR Technologies and Techniques to Visual Analytics’. Here I must admit I found the exemplifying ‘Touch Table’ to be of particular interest: very relevant to work-in-progress ‘glass pond’ …
(3) The nitty gritty of the surveys are something to come back to: depth of research here! (3a) ‘PC Clusters for VR’ (how’s this for a statistic: 72% of the top 500 supercomputers are clusters!) and (3b) ‘A Survey of Large High-Resolution Display Technologies, Techniques and Applications’
(4) Misc… Among others, Kay Stanney (UCF) and Larry Hodges (UNC Charlotte) received awards for contributions to the field.

Publications and exhibitions of formative work towards PhD research

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

J. Seevinck, ‘Blue in the Bluebird‘ Installation of computer graphics art work. Shades of Summer exhibition at Indigo Contemporary Art Gallery. Norfolk, U.S.A. July 29 to August 26 2005.
For information on the work see also

J. Seevinck, M. W. Scerbo, L. A. Belfore II, L. Weireter, Jr., J. Crouch, Y. Shen, F.D. McKenzie, H.M. Garcia, S. Girtelschmid, E. Baydogan, E. A. Schmidt, D. Spence, ‘Surgical Wound Debridement Simulation-Based Training System‘, Project description and prototype demonstration at Advanced Technology Applications for Combat Casualty Care (ATACCC) conference. ATACCC St Pete Beach, USA. 15-17 August 2005.

J. Seevinck, M. W. Scerbo, L. A. Belfore II, L. Weireter, Jr., J. Crouch, Y. Shen, F.D. McKenzie, H.M. Garcia, S. Girtelschmid, E. Baydogan, E. A. Schmidt, ‘A Simulation-Based Training System for Surgical Wound Debridement‘, Conference paper to be published in Proceedings of Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 14 (MMVR), IOS Press, Long Beach, USA. 25-27 January 2006. MMVR 2006.

sensor input with the TNG-3B

Thursday, November 10th, 2005
Sensors for the TNG 3B Last night I resolved data input from the TNG-3B from MindTel ( to my laptop computer, running XP. I am now able to take sensor input from the TNG and have this drive events within Neat tools software.


Mindmap meets database… towards a virtual studio

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

There are some ways I’d like to be working during the initial ‘brain storming’ or ‘finding new and unique relationships between seemingly different things’ period of research. We discussed creativity tools not so long ago, and maybe this is related. Suggestions? Thoughts?

Q1. Is there any way to use endnote to manage a glossary?
Q2. Does anyone recommend or know of mindmap software that has a database behind it, and can support different kinds of media as well as the construction of relationships (spatially, etc)…?

Howl’s Moving Castle

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

Delightful and surprising film viewed at the Dendy Newtown.
Anime’s treatment of motion has always facinated and the abstracted rendering of natural phenomena did not disappoint this time either. Smoke and ‘blobmen’ are very evocative - sinister and tactile; while the rendering of wind moving through flags reminds me of how much can be done with texture coordinates in 3D graphics space. Should find out if this was done in 3D or 2D/3D…

Research Proposal Draft 2

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

Prepared for PhD application submission. Reduced spectrum of research to 9 research questions. Also contains an introduction and strategic overview as well as a description of ‘Glass Pond’ (working title) the piece I will complete during my first 6 months in the degree.

Research Proposal Draft 1

Tuesday, March 1st, 2005

First draft completed in March 2005. Contains several questions and arches across interactive art and HCI.