Nicholas Polys General Chair for the Web3D Symposium 2008

Publish Date: 09/03/2008

Nicholas Polys, affiliate research professor of computer science, served as the general chair for Web3D 2008, the 13th ACM International Symposium on 3D Web Technology, held last week (Aug 9-10) in Los Angeles, CA and Co-located with SIGGRAPH. 'The Web3D conference is sponsored by ACM SIGGRAPH and held in cooperation with Eurographics and the Web3D Consortium; industry support was from Intel Corporation.'

"This year's Symposium represents a major turing point in the evolution of Web3D technologies and content. Now with XML and secure binary encodings and DOM integration, 4D data is now integrated as a first-class citizen in the information enterprise. Virginia Tech (as a Web3D Consortium Member) is right in the middle of this activity and we are excited about pushing the capabilities and usability of Web3D technology,” Polys said.

Polys has developed interactive 3D graphic content and systems for over 9 years. His research interests lie at the heart of Human Computer Interaction: the intersection of visualization, virtual environments, and perception. After his undergraduate research in Cognitive Science at Vassar College(1996), he jumped into the networked information space of the WWW developing audio, visual, and 3D assets and software. His doctoral work at Virginia Tech (2006) examined perceptual cues and layout behaviors for Information-Rich Virtual Environments for desktop to immersive platforms.

As a co-author of the international standard Extensible 3D (X3D) and Director of the Web3D Consortium, he is the author of numerous peer-reviewed papers, tutorials, and workshops. Currently, Nicholas is a researcher for Virginia Tech Research Computing building information architectures and user interfaces for computational scientists.

The Web3D Consortium was formed to provide a forum for the creation of open standards for Web3D specifications, and to accelerate the worldwide demand for products based on these standards through the sponsorship of market and user education programs.

Today, the Web3D Consortium is utilizing its broad-based industry support to develop the the X3D specification, for communicating 3D on the web, between applications and across distributed networks and web services. Through the well-coordinated efforts with the ISO and W3C, the Web3D Consortium is maintaining and extending its standardization activities.

Denis Gracanin is serving this year's conference as Treasurer; Both Polys and Gracanin also presented their respective papers. The Symposium Program can be found at: