Advances in Computer Entertainment Conference in Nepal

ACE – The Advances in Computer Entertainment Conference  has become the leading scientific forum for dissemination of cutting-edge research results in the area of entertainment computing. Interactive entertainment is one of the most vibrant areas of interest in modern society and is amongst the fastest growing industries in the world.
ACE 2012 will bring together leading researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to present their innovative work and discuss all aspects and challenges of interactive entertainment technology, in an exciting emerging world environment of Nepal.

ACE is by nature a multi-disciplinary conference, therefore attracting people across a wide spectrum of interests and disciplines including computer science, design, arts, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and marketing. The main goal of ACE is to stimulate discussion in the development of new and compelling entertainment computing and interactive art concepts and applications. All ACE participants are encouraged to present work they believe will shape the future of the industry, going beyond its established paradigms.

This is the 9th ACE conference, and the first time that such an entertainment computing conference is being held in the emerging world. Our theme this year is “Entertainment for the Whole World”. We wish to strike discussions and projects which will benefit the emerging world through digital entertainment. For example, youth in emerging markets can become creators as well as consumers of digital entertainment. They can distribute their work through apps and internet, and through media creativity benefit their country and economy.

CALL FOR PAPERS ACE 2012:
9th Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology Conference incorporating DIMEA 2012 (7th Digital Interactive Media Entertainment and Arts Conference)
Venue: Kathmandu, Nepal, 5-7 November, 2012

IMPORTANT DATES
Papers Submission Due: 1 June 2012
Workshop Proposals Due: 1 June 2012
Art and Culture Track Submission Due: 1 July 2012
Creative Showcases (Demos) Submissions Due: 1 July 2012
Entertainment Workshops for Kids Submissions Due: 1 July 2012
Poster Papers: 15 July 2012

ACE has become the leading scientific forum for dissemination of cutting-edge research results in the area of entertainment computing. Interactive entertainment is one of the most vibrant areas of interest in modern society and is amongst the fastest growing industries in the world. ACE 2012 will bring together leading researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to present their innovative work and discuss all aspects and challenges of interactive entertainment technology, in an exciting, cultural, and stimulating environment.

ACE is by nature a multi-disciplinary conference, therefore attracting people across a wide spectrum of interests and disciplines including computer science, design, arts, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and marketing. The main goal of ACE is to stimulate discussion in the development of new and compelling entertainment computing and interactive art concepts and applications. All ACE participants are encouraged to present work they believe will shape the future, going beyond the established paradigms, and focusing on all areas related to interactive entertainment.

The theme of ACE 2012 is “Entertaining the Whole World” Kathmandu in Nepal “The Roof of the World” has been chosen as venue. In line with this theme ACE 2012 will also emphasize the use of easily available technology. Technology for entertainment design is getting cheap or even extremely cheap. Designing interactive entertainment with commercial off the shelf technology (cheap sensors, Kinect, Arduino, etc.) is becoming regular business. How can we use this development to invent yet more new ways of harnessing the entertainment power of creating? Can we convert consumers of entertainment into creators of entertainment, where the process of creating is maybe as important than the resulting product? Also in line with the theme of this year’s conference there will be a special track on “Art and Culture” for which we are inviting position papers, games or other forms of entertainment, and interactive works of art showcasing the diversity of art and culture found in today’s digital artifacts. For details about this track see the ACE 2012 website.

ACE 2012 TOPICS
-Aesthetics
-Affective Computing
-Animation Techniques
-Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality
-Avatars and Autonomous Characters
-Cultural Computing
-Cultural Differences and Game Design
-Digital Broadcasting/Podcasting
-Educational and Fitness Games
-Emerging World Entertainment Creation
-Emerging World Youth Usage of Entertainment
-Emerging World Entertainment Products
-Entertainment Design Theory
-Ethics and Games
-Exertion Games
-Interaction and Experience Design
-Funology
-Game Design, Programming and Production
-Human-Robot Interaction
-Children-Computer Interaction
-Location-Based Entertainment
-Mobile and Ubiquitous Entertainment
-Museum and Cultural Heritage Applications
-Interactive Storytelling
-Persuasive Entertainment
-Pervasive and Online Games
-Serious Games for Cultural Awareness
-Smart Gadgets and Toys
-Social Impact
-Sound and Music Design
-Tangible Interfaces
-Urban Games
-Usability and Playability
-User-Centred Design
-Visual Arts

To encourage presentation of such multi-disciplinary work, we invite submissions that fall into the following tracks:
– Papers
Papers present original unpublished work in technical, design, and theory or social aspects of interactive entertainment. We especially welcome papers that relate to this year’s conference theme “Entertaining the Whole World” Submissions to this track should not exceed 8 pages in ACM format.

– Art and Culture
Position papers, games or other forms of entertainment, and interactive works of art showcasing the diversity of art and culture found in today’s digital artifacts. Contributions are encouraged from researchers, artists, game designers, practitioners and everyone else sharing the common goal of creating entertainment for the world For more information about this track visit the ACE 2012 webpages.

– Creative Showcase and Interactive Art
The Creative Showcases Demonstrations track is open to a large variety of submissions including, but not limited to technical demonstrations of prototype technologies of advanced entertainment technology, all varieties of video and computer games, web and mobile-based computer entertainment, audio, visual and other sensory forms of digital interaction. Submissions to this track should not exceed 2 pages in ACM format. For more information about this track visit the ACE 2012 webpages.

– Posters
Provides researchers with an opportunity to present their preliminary or exploratory work, smaller projects or research findings that are not yet suitable for a regular paper, but nonetheless are merit of discussion from an open forum. Submissions to this track should not exceed 2 pages in ACM format. For more information about this track visit the ACE 2012 webpages.

– Workshops
Conference workshops typically provide valuable in-depth discussions of specific topics in computer entertainment technology. If you are working in an emerging area in entertainment computing, please consider organizing a workshop. They are an opportunity to move a new field forward and build a community. These workshops may consist of both invited and contributed papers that will highlight exciting new developments and currents trends of research.

– Entertainment Workshops for Kids – New for 2012!
Entertainment can empower children and youths in developing countries and communities with creative thinking and new media technologies. We hope to nurture and inspire young children to create new value propositions that will benefit their individual selves, communities and countries. We want to view young children in developing countries as creative innovators and ambassadors of new technologies, rather than passive end-users consumers. We hope to conduct research in policy and creativity, design new media applications and conduct workshops to fulfill our mission and aim.

As part of this aim we call for proposals for Entertainment Kids Workshops to be held at ACE 2012 in Nepal. The workshops should propose an activity style workshop which can be conducted in 60 minutes or less for a class of children. The workshop should be an experience for children to experience, make, or create something creatively and entertaining and expand their experience and understanding of entertainment computing. The workshop may be based on analog or digital or both aspects of creative entertainment. Accepted proposers will conduct their workshop held as part of the ACE conference with a class of children.

Papers, Art and Culture contributions and Creative Showcase abstracts will appear in the ACE 2011 Digital Proceedings. Selection of papers will appear in special issues of Computers in Entertainment (ACM), and International Journal of Arts and Technology (Inderscience).

Awards: Best papers and creative showcases, including the Art and Culture track, will be selected based on a jury of well respected pioneers in the field attending the conference. We?ll honour the authors of these publications by presenting awards including:
* Paper award categories: Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
* Creative showcase award categories: Gold, Silver, and Bronze

NOTIFICATION DATES
Workshops: 15 June 2012
Papers: 1 August 2012
Posters: 15 August 2012
Creative Show Cases: 15 August 2012
Art and Culture track: 15 August 2012

CAMERA-READY DATES
Papers: 9 September 2012
Creative Show Cases: 9 September 2012
Art and Culture track: 9 September 2012
Posters: 9 September 2012

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