Friend of the Workshop Susan U. Stuckey, Service Design Manager for the IBM Almaden Research Center, upon receiving her invite had this to say:
- "Having spent over two years designing virtual world experiences (mostly in Second Life), we could not agree more with the premise of your workshop. Thanks for the invitation. Effective in Q3 last year, IBM isn't paying for any conferences aside from those already on the approved list of professional conferences (for researchers) and then only for one author of an accepted paper. This restriction is in place for an indefinite period of time."
She has instead offered some insights from a recent white paper - co-authored with Ben Shaw and Wendy Ark - entitled "Virtual Environments Overview: A Framework for Designing with Virtual World Technologies." We'd like to extend a warm thanks to Susan for her observations and generosity.