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Human-centric Computing and Information Sciences (HCIS) Korea Information Processing Society-Computer Software Research Group (KIPS-CSWG)(ISSN: 2192-1962)

(IF 5.900) Special issue on

Moving Toward Metaverse: Emerging Challenges in Next-Generation Human-Computer Interaction, Service Provision, and Social Society

Overview

"The metaverse is the next evolution of social connection," indicated by Meta Platforms, Inc.. In the vision for the metaverse, the devices like virtual reality headsets, digital glasses, smartphones, and other devices will allow users access to 3-D virtual or augmented reality environments. With the rapid development of many emerging technologies, the metaverse can be a continuum of immersive digital experiences that will be available to users in the future and which will allow people to engage in a range of different activities in completely digital spaces, for example, they can work, connect with friends, conduct business, visit remote locations, and access educational opportunities, all in an environment mediated by technology in new and immersive ways. Based on the above emerging applications, the metaverse would be the moment at which our digital lives­ – our online identities, experiences, relationships, and assets – become more meaningful to us than our physical lives. This perspective puts the focus on the human experience, making the transition to the metaverse a sociological shift instead of a technological one. Interestingly, the advances of many key technologies will produce the first steps towards making the metaverse a reality. Progress will, in large part, be attributed to ever-improving graphics processing units (GPUs), photorealistic 3D engines, faster content generation through volumetric video and artificial intelligence, the increasing prevalence of cloud computing, and 5G, as well as more sophisticated and better-understood blockchain infrastructure or distributed ledger technology.

On the other hand, metaverse might consist of blockchain-enabled decentralized applications that support an economy of user-owned crypto assets and data. Blockchain is a technology that permanently records transactions, typically in a decentralized and public database called a ledger. This decentralized recording system is very difficult to fool or control. In addition, different groups will build different virtual worlds, and in the future, these worlds will be interoperable and be forming the metaverse. As people move or bring their stuff between virtual worlds, the blockchain can authenticate proof of ownership of your id or digital stuffs in both virtual worlds. Therefore, the decentralized nature of blockchain will potentially make companies have many new opportunities to generate revenue, possibly even more than in current economies. With the development and interaction of these emerging technologies, there will be great opportunities to inspire a variety of new applications or business models and then change the way we interact and live. Thus, this special issue well all promising techniques, approaches, architectures, and applications based on Human-centric computing for the development of Metaverse.

The main objective of this special issue is to bring together diverse, novel and impactful research work on VR, AR, MR, AI, 5G, Cloud computing, blockchain (or DLT), and so on for Human-centric Metaverse technology, thereby accelerating research in this field.The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topics covered by the workshop include, but are not restricted to the following subjects as they relate to the metaverse.

Topics of Interests

This is special issue is intended to bring together diverse, novel and impactful research works,such asVirtual reality, Augmented reality, Mixed reality, Artificial intelligence, 5G, Cloud computing, Blockchain, Human-centric Computing, that may trigger potential applications as well as services in the upcoming Metaverse world, thereby accelerating research in this field.Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

Metaverse technologies, platforms, and systems

Context and Situation Awareness in Metaverse Services and Applications

Cyber-Physical System for Metaverse

Blockchain-based / Decentralized Infrastructure for Metaverse

Big Data in Metaverse

Hardware Design for Metaverse

Human-centric Computing for Metaverse

Media Technologies for Metaverse

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality for Metaverse

Virtual worlds, Metaverse, Avatars, and Presence

Gamification for Metaverse

Artificial Intelligence Technologies for Metaverse

Internet of Things / 5G / Cloud Computing for Metaverse

Metaverse Applications and Interfaces

Multimedia / Image Processing for Metaverse

Social Network Services in or for Metaverse

Security and Privacy for Metaverse Services and Applications

Important Dates

Open submission : 31 March 2022

Submission deadline : 31 August 2022

Author notification : within 4 weeks after submission

Revised manuscript due : within 2 weeks after notification

Notification of acceptance : within 2 weeks after revision submission

Tentative accepted paper publication date : within 2 months after final version

Tentative SI paper collection and its web open: 1stQuarter , 2023 (TBA)

Submission Guideline

All submitted papers must be clearly written in excellent English and contain only original work. All papers must be submitted in an electronic format, e.g., PDF format (preferred) or MS Word. Manuscripts should follow the formatting of the sample manuscript and references. You can refer to the details in the submission menu http://hcisj.com/submission/preparing_manuscript.php
All papers and some supplementary materials should be submitted through ScholarOne Manuscripts. The authors must select “SI2022-02MovingTowardMetaverse”. when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/hcis.

Guest Editors

Neil Y. Yen, University of Aizu, Japan
Email. neilyyen@u-aizu.ac.jp

Vijayan Sugumaran, Oakland University in Rochester, USA
Email. sugumara@oakland.edu

Carmen Camara, Carlos III University of Madrid, France
Email. macamara@pa.uc3m.es

Kevin I-Kai Wang, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Email. kevin.wang@auckland.ac.nz