Collaborative and Cooperative Environments
Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Motivation Technological advances in high-speed networking and computational grids do not only transform the methods applied to everyday science, but also the collaboration and cooperation between scientists at almost arbitrary locations around the world. The additional provision of multi-sensory, immersive Virtual Reality interfaces as tools to improve the collaboration between groups of human users is another hot topic in this research domain, which will most likely increase the potential
... fits of these distributed research communities. The vision to facilitate large scale, complex simulations, which may be steered through natural and intuitive interfaces, is both intriguing and of high scientific interest. This workshop at the ICCS 2008 in Cracow comprises the best submitted papers concerning the application and usage of collaborative and cooperative environments, as well as the technologies supporting them in the scientific and industrial context. The workshop on collaborative and cooperative environments has offered the possibility to discuss the different approaches in this domain, to show the latest results, products, or research prototypes to potential users, and to establish connections between developers and users of associated technologies. The attendants were asked to present and discuss the following technologies: -Collaborative and cooperative tools and environments -Development of associated parallel and distributed computing solutions -Integration of networking and grid computing technology -Provision of multi-sensory, natural and intuitive interfaces -Immersive Virtual and Augmented Reality approaches -Requirement studies for future collaboration tools -Evaluation of existing collaboration environments and practical experiences Each of the submitted papers has been reviewed by at least three international referees in this domain. The highest ranking contributions are presented here.