European conference on computing technologies

A European society aimed at bridging the gap between academic and industry-based computer simulation and modelling research is to hold a conference in Lincoln.

The Euromedia/Fubutec/ECEC conference, which is organised by Eurosis (The European Multidisciplinary Society for Modelling and Simulation Technology), will take place at the University of Lincoln from 10-11 June.

Chaired by Dr Patrick Dickinson, from the University’s School of Computer Sciences, it will cover the latest developments in web-multimedia and communications.

Speakers include Lincoln Professor of Social Computing Shaun Lawson and Kofi Appiah, who completed a PhD in Computer Science at the University.

Kofi, who is now a Senior Research Officer in the Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Department at the University of Essex, will address the challenges faced by computer programmers, games designers and developers.

Another keynote speaker David Wortley is a freelance consultant on the strategic use of immersive and emerging technologies such as serious games, virtual worlds and social networks.

David, who is Founding Director of the Serious Games Institute at Coventry University, will focus on the shift in awareness and acceptance of video games as tools that address a range of organisational and societal issues.

He said: In the future, we are likely to see the convergence of video games, virtual worlds and social networks accessed through mobile devices and high speed wireless networks. A vast array of sensor technologies will be used to connect real-world information to augmented virtual worlds in which more sophisticated artificial intelligence is used to personalise the user experience and embed games and social media into everyday life.”

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