Virtual worlds news round-up

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What’s been happening in virtual worlds research at St Andrews?

Summer dissertations ended in August. Six students completed dissertations focusing on virtual world resources using OpenSim.

We had great fun supervising the students, and thank them for all their hard work.

Dissertation Titles:

  • A Toolkit for Managing Open Virtual World Grids
  • Multimedia and Interactivity in Virtual Worlds using a Reconstruction of Linlithgow Palace
  • Educational Environments: A Virtual Resource for Computer Networking
  • Routing Island: Internet Routing in a Virtual World
  • A virtual reconstruction of St Andrews Castle
  • Virtual St Andrews: Virtualising the Libraries Special Collections

Summer dissertation students

Pictures of the students at their poster demo sessions can be viewed on the open virtual worlds Facebook page.

After our fun visit to Linlithgow Academy and our participation at Sensation’s Create and Inspire event earlier this year, we have set up a Facebook page and received a number of requests for images, stories and attendance at future events.

We have Dr. Nils Koesters voluntarily working on animated characters for the cathedral and Debbie Wright continues to work on Non Player characters for Linlithgow Palace.

Look out for virtual worlds in Scotland History magazine in the Jan/Feb issue.

Families of undergraduate students will also read about the cathedral in Link the bi-annual newsletter sent out by the University.

The next event will take place in conjunction with Madras College and Historic Scotland, where the cathedral reconstruction will help support their Social Studies component within the Curriculum for Excellence. More on this in October/November.

Projects Collage


Look out for updates on the Kinect and Virtual Time Window research on John’s Blog and Cj’s website.