June Usenix Conference - Call for Papers
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Call for Papers: Summer 1991 USENIX Conference
Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN
June 10-14, 1991
MULTIMEDIA -- FOR NOW AND THE FUTURE
System designers and multimedia developers must face the challenge of
how to support and deliver the new types of interfaces--voice, video,
animated graphics, touch and music--that users are demanding now.
While adding immeasurably to the power of the computer for communica-
tion and expression of ideas, the new media multiply system complexity
and magnify the challenge of providing easy access to computer
* What are the technical engineering requirements to enable your
operating systems to process effectively the new types of data? What
must you, and your organization, do to prepare?
* How can we design new multimedia interfaces to improve information
handling? What projects are underway now that offer insight into the
directions to be taken in developing fully integrated multimedia sys-
tems within a coherent and meaningful framework?
These are some of the questions tackled by presenters and attendees at
the USENIX Summer 1991 Conference.
* Technical Papers *
The peer-reviewed technical track will feature papers on the engineer-
ing requirements for supporting and delivering multimedia systems,
particularly illustrating experiences with integrating voice, video,
audio, touch and music. The technical track will also present origi-
nal work in operating systems and environments. Presentations range
from formal research reports to practical problem-solving sessions and
will be published in the conference proceedings.
* Multimedia Presentations *
A highlight of the conference will be state-of-the-art multimedia pro-
ject demonstrations as part of the technical track. Applications
presented may include:
-flight and other simulations
-interactive video instructional systems
-biological and scientific multimedia support
-multimedia documents and desktop metaphors
-hypermedia authoring systems
-multimedia conferencing systems
-integrated music systems
-systems employing gestural interfaces
* Multimedia Presentation Competition *
An august panel will award a prize to the most impressive multimedia
presentation offering the most technical depth.
* Panel Discussions *
Protection of Software Intellectual Property--What is Fair Use? and
The Far-Reaching Possibilities of Location-Independent Computing are
among the topics currently under review as panel discussions.
* Invited Presentations *
Once again, the USENIX Conference will offer a track of invited
presentations, featuring interactive work-sessions tackling difficult
and practical problems. Potential topics include, among others: sys-
tem administration, software engineering techniques, and security.
* Works-in-Progress Sessions*
During these informal sessions, researchers and developers provide a
brief overview of their current work and receive valuable feedback.
WIP presentations can be scheduled in advance, or on-site.
* Format for Submissions *
We invite submission of your papers and multimedia presentations for
the technical track. Please target a sophisticated technical audi-
ence, particularly knowledgeable of operating system issues but keenly
interested in new and exciting projects in many areas. Suggested
topics include, though are not limited to:
Multimedia, applications and research
systems integrating voice, video, audio, touch, or music
data compression technology
user interface/human factors
Operating systems issues
fault tolerant systems
systems for novel architectures
distributed file systems
Communications and Networking
administration and security
user interfaces, windowing, graphics
compilers and language technology
software development and other support tools
testing and debugging
scientific, biological, medical, etc.
* Form of Submissions *
Submissions to the technical track should represent new work and be in
the form of an abstract and outline. Be complete enough to provide
details of your approach and give the committee confidence in the
final paper. Full papers will be accepted as well. A submission
should be from 3-5 pages and include:
1. Author name(s), postal addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail
2. Abstract: 100-300 words.
3. Outline: 2-5 pages giving enough details of the approach or
algorithms to allow the committee to understand and judge the
4. References and citations to relevant literature. Better show you
are aware of previous work (and not reinventing the wheel).
5. Time needed for presentation. Slots are usually 30 minutes but
adjustment can be made when in-depth background or audio-visual
support is desirable.
6. Audio-visual presentation description and requirements. We are
happy to provide assistance and equipment in making your
presentation as audio and visually appealing as possible.
Authors whose submissions are accepted will receive instructions for
the preparation of final papers, to be published in the conference
proceedings. We are looking into possibilities for making audio and
video materials available as well.
* Award for Best Student Paper *
With your submission, please indicate if you are a full-time student.
A cash prize will be awarded by the conference program committee.
Submit one hard-copy and one electronic-copy to:
Deborah K. Scherrer nashville at usenix.org
Nashville USENIX Technical Program uunet!usenix.org!nashville
mt Xinu 415-644-0146
2560 Ninth Street FAX (415) 644-2680
Berkeley, CA 94710
Abstracts Due February 6, 1991
Notification to Authors March 4, 1991
Camera-ready Papers Due April 19, 1991
Deborah K. Scherrer, Chair mt Xinu
Eric P. Allman UC Berkeley
Frances Brazier Vrije Universiteit
Tom Duff AT&T Bell Laboratories
Daniel E. Geer Digital Equipment Corp.
Michael Hawley MIT Media Lab
Stanley P. Hanks Technology Transfer Associates
Jun Murai Keio University
Alan G. Nemeth Digital Equipment Corporation
Jeff Peck Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Charles E. Perkins IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Gretchen Phillips State University of New York at Buffalo
Charles S. Roberts Hewlett-Packard
Larry Stead Bellcore
Avadis Tevanian NeXT, Inc.
Deborah Scherrer scherrer at mtxinu.com
Mt Xinu, Inc. ..!uunet!mtxinu!scherrer
2560 Ninth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710 415-644-0146
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