We are extremely pleased and honored to present the proceedings of the First IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces.
3DUI 2006 owes its existence to a vibrant and productive research community. Emerging from many different disciplines, such as virtual reality, mixed reality, computer graphics, human-computer interaction, and cognitive and perceptual psychology, 3D interaction has now become a coherent research area itself. Extremely successful workshops on this topic at IEEE Virtual Reality in 2004 and 2005 convinced us and the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee that the time was right to give the 3D user interface community its own specialized venue. Our vision for the symposium is to connect researchers of all backgrounds working on 3D user interface issues, and to collect and disseminate the best 3D interaction research in the world.
Although this is the very first 3DUI symposium, the review of papers was highly competitive and selective. The program includes 18 full papers and 8 technotes (short papers), selected from 81 submissions (a 32% acceptance rate overall). The accepted papers cover a wide range of topics in 3D user interface, including navigation, applications and implementation, collaborative and bimanual interfaces, 3D interaction techniques, augmented reality and devices.
Dr. Ravin Balakrishnan of the University of Toronto will provide the keynote address for the Symposium. Dr. Balakrishnan is well-known for his research on effective and powerful 3D interaction techniques for emerging technologies such as volumetric displays and wall-sized displays. He is also a leader in the international human-computer interaction community. Dr. Balakrishnan's presentation will challenge researchers in 3D user interfaces to think more deeply about the application of their work to real-word problems.
We would like to thank all of the people who made this first-ever 3DUI Symposium possible. First, a big thank you to all of the dedicated reviewers who participated in the peer review process - your service helped to ensure the high quality of this technical program. Thanks are due to Simon Julier and Jim Chen, general chairs of IEEE VR 2006, who helped us make the transition from workshop to symposium smoothly and easily. We also thank the IEEE, the VGTC, and the VR steering committee for their support, as well as James Steward of Precision Conference Systems. Finally we thank all of the authors and researchers who submitted their work to the Symposium.
We trust that 3DUI 2006 will be the first in a long line of successful and influential events. Enjoy the Symposium!