Message from the General Chair

Welcome to the 2007 International Symposium on Distributed Simulation and Real-Time Applications (DS-RT 2007), held this year in Chania, Crete Island, Greece.
This year’s DS-RT again received a large number of high quality submissions and continues to be a leading symposium in its research area. We are delighted that Prof. Alois Ferscha, and Dr. Hannes Kaufmann accepted our invitations and will provide keynote talks at the symposium.

The venue is particularly conducive to the academic rigours of DS-RT, being both relaxing and stimulating. Platanias is a group of pleasant and varied villages that although linked by road can be explored in a day by trekking. The nearby man made lake of Agias is habitat to a multitude of flora and fauna. Aptera, 16 miles from the conference, combines history, ruins from Minoan (3500-1070 B.C.), Geometrical (1000-685 B.C.), Hellenistic (323-67 B.C.) and Roman eras; with a wonderful view of the bay of Souda. Elafonisi, 45 miles away, is considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe, boasting a long beach and an island that can be walked to at low tide.

We would like to thank all members of the organising committee who have contributed in many ways to the success of this year’s symposium. We are particularly grateful to: Abdulmotaleb El-Saddik and Georgios K. Theodoropoulos, the Program Co-Chairs, for their work in organising the technical program; Azzedine Boukerche, our Steering Committee Chair, for providing the backbone of the general organisation; Damla Turgut and Christopher Carothers, our Poster and Demos Co-Chairs; Luciano Bononi, our Webmaster and System Chair; Mirela Moretti Sechi Annoni Notare, our publicity chair; Sotiris Nikoletseas; our Local Arrangement Chair; and Sajal K. Das, Paul Reynolds, Stephen J. Turner, Albert Zomaya, our steering committee. Special thanks are given to Steve J. Turner for his contribution as General Chair of the conference over the last decade.

David Roberts
DS-RT 2007 General Chair
University of Salford, UK

Message from the Program Co-Chairs

We welcome you to the eleventh Symposium on Distributed Simulation and Real-Time Applications. Each year sees an increase in the quality of papers submitted to DS-RT, reflecting the growth of distributed simulation, especially in emerging areas such as collaborative virtual environments. DS-RT provides an excellent forum in which academic researchers and practitioners in industry and defense can meet to discuss issues and challenges related to this interdisciplinary research area.

We hope that we have arranged an even more exciting program this year, with two keynote speakers who are prominent in their research areas. The symposium papers fit within the general themes of large-scale simulation, collaborative virtual environments and real-time applications. The symposium papers fit within the general themes of large-scale simulation, collaborative virtual environments, and real-time applications. At a lower level of abstraction, the sessions comprise papers concerning applications and technologies of Grid and Web Services, Interest Management and Group Communication, Time Management, Peer-to-Peer networks, Collaborative Virtual Environments, Steering and Scenario Generation, Capture and Backup, and Interoperability and Reusability.

The winner of this year’s Best Paper award will be announced at the symposium dinner. On behalf of the DS-RT 2006 Program Co-Chairs, David Roberts and Simon J. E. Taylor, we are delighted to confirm that the winner of the DS-RT 2006 Best Paper was:

Comparison of Head Gaze and Head and Eye Gaze within an Immersive Environment
Norman Murray and Dave Roberts
On behalf of the organizing committee, we would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has contributed toward the success of this symposium. In addition to our main sponsor, IEEE Computer Society, we would like to acknowledge support from ACM SIGSIM. Thanks are also due to Stephanie Kawada and the IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services for their work in producing the proceedings, and the Program Committee and reviewers for returning their reviews in time to meet our deadlines.

We hope you enjoy the symposium and we wish you a pleasant stay in Chania!

Georgios K. Theodoropoulos
DS-RT 2007 Program Co-Chair
School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK
Abdulmotaleb El Saddik
DS-RT 2007 Program Co-Chair
SITE, University of Ottawa, Canada