Virtual Worlds - Next Step for the Internet
Wednesday 21st November 2007, 6:30 pm
Speaker: Professor Austin Tate, Artificial Intelligence
Applications Institute, School of Informatics, University of
Venue: The Royal Scots Club Hepburn Suite, 30 Abercromby
Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE - map and direction.
This talk is free of charge and no reservation is required. Non
members are most welcome. Refreshments available from 6:10 pm.
Professor Austin Tate, and his Second Life counterpart Ai Austin,
will introduce what is happening in Second Life and similar virtual
worlds. He will also describe some of the work at the "Virtual
University of Edinburgh" including his own interests in
collaborative and intelligent systems for emergency response. The
speaker will outline the possibilities for 3D environments to work
alongside collaborative and social networking facilities and web
services to act as a basis for the next step of development of the
About the speaker
Austin Tate is Director of the Artificial Intelligence
Applications Institute (AIAI) and holds the Personal Chair of
Knowledge-Based Systems at the University of Edinburgh. He is
a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland's
National Academy), Fellow of the Association for the
Advancement of AI, Fellow of the British Computer Society, and
a member of the editorial board of a number of AI journals.
His internationally sponsored research work involves advanced
knowledge and planning technologies, especially for use in
emergency response. He leads the Virtual University of
Edinburgh,, Vue, a virtual educational and research institute
bringing together those interested in the use of virtual
worlds for teaching, research and outreach.
Austin Tate's Web page: http://www.aiai.ed.ac.uk/~bat/