Mike Liebhold at Nov. 8 Metaverse Meetup

Mike Liebhold was one of the participants at the original Metaverse Roadmap Summit last year, which produced the Metaverse Roadmap Overview, and I remember him as one of the more forward-thinking and impressive presenters. Now, he’s presenting tomorrow at the first Metaverse Meetup at Stanford University, talking about “3D data for real world virtual worlds.” Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area — and you can also attend via the virtual world of Second Life Details below, from organizer Henrik Bennetsen:

It is my pleasure to invite you to the first Metaverse Meetup on Thursday November 8th at Stanford University. We want to bring together people from across industry and academia who share an interest in virtual worlds. As our first invited speaker we are thrilled to have Mike Liebhold from the Institute for the Future. His talk will be entitled: 3D data for real world virtual worlds. This will last for about 20 minutes with plenty of time for some good conversation afterwards. We are also having an open mic session, so if you want to pitch a project, find collaborators etc. then here is your chance. The basic idea is a pretty loose format with lots of time for networking built in.

Here is the scoop on Mike:

Mike Liebhold is a Senior Researcher for the Institute for the Future, IFTF, focusing on the mobile and abundant computation, immersive media and geospatial web foundations for context-aware and ubiquitous computing. Previously, Mike has worked for an impressive array of companies including Intel Labs, Netscape Communications & Apple Computer.

Here is the talk abstract:

Abstract 3D data, maps, and software will change the way we compute and interact with spatial services. Moving beyond simple texture mapped terrain and boxes, new 3D mapping frameworks are rapidly evolving into platforms for real world virtual world media, interaction, commerce, and science. In this talk I’ll review work of various groups who are building different components of a 3D Geoweb. I will first describe how their 3D data and software will work as a platform for a 3D real world virtual world, and then, what kinds of new applications and user experiences might be developed on these platforms, and then finish with a brief discussion of prospects and mechanisms for data interoperability allowing users to create, discover, use, and exchange 3D data across platforms.

When: Thursday, November 8th 2007 from 6pm to 7:30pm
Where: Wallenberg Hall, Stanford University

More practical stuff:
* Feel very free to forward this email or blog about this.
* No need to RSVP but you can write me (Henrik Bennetsen: hbe AT stanford DOTedu) if you have any questions.
* The next of these events will be on Thursday, November 29th and will feature Jamais Cascio talking about the Metaverse Roadmap .

Great news! After I announced the Metaverse Meetup a number of you wrote and asked if there was going to be a virtual component to this. After some hectic work behind the scenes and a most kind hosting offer from the people behind the excellent International Spaceflight Museum we are now able to stream live video from our event into Second Life.

The event is taking place on Thursday, November 8th, 2007 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm SLT/PST and to attend via Second Life you go here:


After the talk we will also take questions from the Second Life audience look forward to some interesting mixed reality Q&A. Please be advised that for technical reasons we have to impose a cap at 50 visitors for the Second Life part of this event.

I hope to see you there,
Henrik Bennetsen


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