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11-12-2008, 07:52 PM
Dear colleagues,

would you please find the enclosed call for papers for the first
Symposium on Sport and Virtual Reality that will held in France in April
2009. This is a pluridisciplinary symposium gathering experts from
various domains (including computer science, simulation, biomechanics,
sports, psychology, virtual reality...). You are welcome to propose a
full paper to this symposium. A set of expets will select high quality
papers for oral presentation and publications in the conference
proceedings. A publication in the International Journal of Virtual
Reality is under negociation.

Best regards

Symposium on Sport and Virtual Reality
April 22, 2009
First announcement


Understanding how humans acquire skills to perform complex motor tasks
required in Sport practice is a multidisciplinary challenge addressing
complex aspects: perception, motor control, decision-making, cognition,
social behaviours... In the context of Sport Sciences as in others,
highly controlled scientific protocols are needed. Virtual reality (VR)
technologies provide a way to standardize experimental situations:
experimenters can accurately control the simulated environment, as
opposed to real world. These technologies are now widely used by
researchers around the world. Virtual reality also provides the
potential to enhance sport and fitness training by creating realistic
simulations of an environment interacting with the sport practitioner.
Relevant question are open such as: how and how much of the knowledge
gained by the scientists and the skills acquired by the sportives
trained in virtual environments transfer from the virtual to the real

This symposium, held in the framework on the international event “LAVAL
VIRTUAL” and supported by the French Virtual Reality Association (AFRV),
seeks to present the state of the art of current research on Sport
Sciences using virtual environments. During the symposium, participants
from multiple disciplines will help to clarify how, when and why we
should aim to use virtual humans in Sport science. Papers dealing with
basic and applied research in Sport Sciences using VR techniques are
welcome. Eligible domains include:
• Sport psychology
• Biomechanics and exercise physiology
• Interaction between real and virtual humans
• Sport learning and training, physical education
• Motion and performance analysis and visualization
• Fitness
• Virtual sports
• Sport events broadcast, virtual enhancements
• …

Submissions can be done for oral (30 min) and poster presentations.

Keywords: Sport Psychology, Biomechanics, Motor Control, Perception and
Action, Training, Virtual Reality, Virtual humans, Representation,
Social interaction in sport

Keynote lecture:

Pr. Cathy CRAIG, Senior Lecturer Visual Perception
School of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast

Online papers submission opens: November 30, 2008
Submission of full papers: January 19, 2009

For more information about the Call for Paper, please visit the
conference website

Selected regular papers will be published in a special issue of the
International Journal of Virtual Reality (http://www.ijvr.org/).

Scientific committee:
Benoît Bardy (Univ. Montpellier, France)
Eric Berton (Univ. Méditerranée, Marseille, France)
Benoit Bideau (Univ. Rennes2, France)
Jean-Pierre Bresciani (Max Planck Institute, Tuebingen, Germany)
Cathy Craig (Queen’s Univ. Belfast, UK)
Stéphane Donikian (INRIA, France)
André Gagalovicz (INRIA, France)
Larry Katz (Univ. of Calgary, Canada)
Richard Kulpa (Univ. Rennes 2, France)
Daniel Mestre, (CNRS, Marseille, France)
Anton Nijholt (Univ. of Twente, Netherlands)
Zhigeng Pan (Zheijiang Univ, China)
Hubert Ripoll (Univ. Méditerranée, Marseille, France)
Mel Slater (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain)
Daniel Thalmann (EPFL, Switzerland)

Contacts :

Franck MULTON (fmulton@irisa.fr)
UFR-STAPS, Université Rennes 2
Av. Charles Tillon
35044 Rennes Cedex
phone : +33 299 141 778
fax : +33 299 141 774

Jean-Louis VERCHER (jean-louis.vercher@univmed.fr)
Institut des Sciences du Mouvement
UMR 6233
Faculté des Sciences du Sport CP910
Campus Luminy
13288 Marseille cedex 09
Phone : +33 491 172 255
Fax : +33 491 172 252

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UFR-STAPS, Université Rennes 2
Av. Charles Tillon
35044 Rennes Cedex
web : http://www.irisa.fr/bunraku/GENS/fmulton/
tel : 02 99 14 17 78
fax : 02 99 14 17 74
mail : Franck.Multon@uhb.fr