From October 20th to 23th I visited the 16th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia (VSMM) in Seoul, Korea to present the full paper “Design and Evaluation of a Serious Game for Immersive Cultural Training“. Altogether it was a very interesting conference in a beautiful and modern city. The subject areas went from Virtual Heritage Documentation, Computer Graphics Vision, Robotics up to Digital Museums. Especially talks about Digital Museum Design turned out to be the most innovative and they will definitely provide a great source for our work now. Concerning my paper, about 15 people joined the session (which was approximately the average attendance for a session). The talk went fine and people were interested in our work and the Serious Game that we will implement for the VSEM project. You can download the slides from my talk from the publication section or directly from here. Paul Bourke, Research Associate at iVEC (University of Western Australia), asked me for my presentation slides because he wants to show parts of my work to his students. The conference banquet was ok, even though a little short and the buffet was, let’s put it this way, “interesting”. I had a longer talk with two German artisits about Serious Games and the possibilities of Virtual Worlds and learning environments.
From a touristic point of view, the trip to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was a highlight. The DMZ is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. I visited Imjingak Park, Dora Observatory, Dorsan Station and entered the 3rd tunnel. If you ever plan to visit Seoul, this is definitely a must-see.