IEEE Virtual Reality + SEARIS in Boston

I just returned from Boston where I attended the SEARIS (Software Engineering Architectures for Realtime Interactive Systems) Workshop and the IEEE VR (Virtual Reality) Conference. The workshop was fine! Rather small though with around 45 people joining. My presentation went very well, with a nice discussion afterwards. The conference on itself was in fact a disappointment. I expected to go to a very large conference and a major exhibition, something like SIGGRAPH which I attended two years ago. However, it was very small scale, the talks were all concentrated in one major hall and the exhibition was only one room with about 6 companies displaying there latest technologies.