iLRN 2017 Call for Papers

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3rd Immersive Learning Research Network Conference (iLRN2017)
June 26th – 29, 2017
Coimbra, Portugal, European Union

Join the growing network of immersive learning experts and practitioners from across the disciplines in beautiful Coimbra for iLRN 2017!

The 3rd Annual International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network will be an innovative hands-on and scholarly meeting for an emerging global network of developers, educators, and research professionals collaborating to develop the scientific, technical, and applied potential of immersive learning.

Important Dates
  • Full papers submission deadline: February 24th, 2017 (Late submission)
  • Short papers and posters submission deadline: March 10th, 2017
  • Author notification of acceptance (full papers): March 25th, 2017
  • Author notification of acceptance (short papers and posters): May 1st, 2017
  • Camera-ready deadline: April 15th, 2017
  • Main Conference, Special Tracks and Workshops: June 26th – June 29th, 2017


Download iLRN 2017 flyer (pdf – 428 KB)

About iLRN’s Annual International Conference

ILRN’s annual conference provides an intensive face-to-face opportunity for the emerging professional community of immersive learning to collaborate and create the immersive learning future. ILRN conferences offer knowledge exchange and open discussions in scientific presentation streams, poster sessions and panels complemented with hands-on demonstrations. The iLRN Conference is, itself, designed to be an immersive learning environment making great use of the physical location and stocking it with immersive learning experiences across the Augmented and Virtual Reality spectrum. We seek members of the iLRNetwork, itself, to propose Workshops and Special Tracks throughout covering emerging topics and trends relevant to the community.

Continuing the previous success of iLRN events, this international conference series spans the topic range from innovative research, technologies and tools to successful services and products of immersive environments to foster learning, training and other activities in motivational and engaging ways. The objective is to uncover and discuss emerging trends and technologies, sound research and best practices, successful products and services within an international and interdisciplinary community. This includes but not limits its focus to virtual and augmented worlds, learning and motivational games, educational simulations, mixed/augmented reality, and related learning and teaching tools, techniques, technologies, and standards.

Topics of interest in the context of immersive environments for the main conference include:

  • Immersive Technologies, Systems and Devices
  • Natural and Built Environments as Immersive Learning Spaces
  • Cognitive and Pedagogical Analysis
  • STEM Education
  • The Psychological and Embodied Nature of “Immersion”
  • Learning and Training Applications
  • Non-leisure Games and Gamification
  • A Glance into the Future: Innovations, Challenges and Applications
  • Games and Entertainment
  • Art and Creativity
  • Cultural Heritage

Strand 1: High Quality Immersive Learning Research

  • Call for Papers (General Track) 

The Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) invites original, heretofore unpublished research papers for submission to be presented and published at iLRN 2017 in Coimbra, Portugal. The iLRN General Track is open for any theme, topic, or research problem related to immersive learning.

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  • Special Tracks 

Special Tracks are specialized, self-organized groups of immersive learning researchers gathering within the iLRN Conference venue to share and create a forum for quality scientific research. All contributing papers must undergo a rigorous peer review process. Accepted papers will be included in the online conference proceedings, depending on the overall quality and track chair’s decision, either as long paper (10 – 12 pages) or as a short paper (6 – 8 pages). High quality contributions will also be selected as full papers (14 pages) for the Springer proceedings.

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  • Research Posters

The Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) invites Research Poster presentations to present new ideas, first preliminary findings and work-in-progress to receive feedback form the community. Accepted research posters will be presented in a special poster session. Additionally, an extended abstract (2 pages) will be published in iLRN’s online proceedings.

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Strand 2: Capacity Building and Immersive Learning Showcase

  • Workshops 

Workshops provide a venue for exploring & discussing emerging research directions, immersive learning applications, and particular foci within the immersive learning community – with more focus and less formality than other tracks. The topics of the proposed workshops should be aligned with those set forth in the Call for Papers of the main conference, however, format and content of each workshop is to be determined by its organizers. Preference will be given to workshops whose format includes sessions that facilitate highly interactive discussions with the audience. Examples include Q&As, scenario building, trend analyses, debates, panels, or even a competition or a challenge around an interesting and realistically sized dataset (possibly released by the workshop organizers for that purpose). Additionally, an extended abstract (2 pages) will be published in iLRN’s online proceedings.

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  • Breakout Panel Sessions  

Conference Breakout Panels organize expert opinions on a topic in a short amount of time. Breakout Panels usually consist of between 3 – 5 experts discussing a specific topic or challenge and moderated by a session chair. These sessions are intended to engage the audience and are, thus, more open and interactive than traditional presentations by design.  Because panelists often take different perspectives and offer different solutions to problems, these sessions are great for public conversations on issues that are common to many audience members. Additionally, an extended abstract (2 pages) will be published in iLRN’s online proceedings.

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  • Demos & Hands-on Opportunities 

Demos and Hands-on opportunities give attendees at iLRN 2017 the chance to try immersive learning experiences first-hand! iLRN Demos & Hands-on opportunities are semi-structured, informal events for you to engage with conference goers, showing them the particulars of your research, product, or gear. These sessions are intended to engage the audience and are, thus, more open and interactive than any other iLRN presentations, by design.

iLRN is interested in giving attendees a substantive, meaningful experience with a variety and breadth of immersive learning platforms. Please note that reference for these sessions will be given to: (a) authors of accepted papers and invited Featured Speakers; and (b) the Demos & Hands-on opportunity proposals determined to be the most compelling and interactive by the iLRN Conference Committee.

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  • Product Showcase 

What’s your Immersive Learning product or ware? iLRN is the preeminent place bringing researchers, artists, programmers, developers, teachers, and designers together to focus on immersive learning. This year in Coimbra, Portugal, you have the unique opportunity to engage with members of this specialized expert community and showcase your products.

All accepted Product Showcase applications will receive a highly visible, accessible location outfitted with a table and outlet for the duration of the conference. Note that all members of each Product Showcase team must pay a full conference registration in addition to the showcase fee (depending on requirements).

Please email [email protected] for more details.

  • Roundtable Discussions 

Invite ILRN Conference attendees to sit down and discuss the trends, challenges, and key ideas in the research and development of immersive learning.

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About iLRN

The vision of the immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) is to develop a comprehensive research and outreach agenda that encompasses the breadth and scope of learning potentialities, affordances and challenges of immersive learning environments. To achieve this, the iLRN mission is to invite and organize scientists, practitioners, organizations, and innovators across the disciplines to explore, describe, and apply the optimal use of immersive worlds and environments for educational purposes. Further the conference, meetings, and virtual symposia aim to build capacity to explain and demonstrate how these immersive learning environments best work using a variety of rigorous, systematic, and meaningful research methods and outreach strategies.


Selected high quality papers from the main track and papers from the special tracks will be selected to be published as full papers in Springer’s Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) conference proceedings series (see also; the acceptance rate for the Springer proceedings will be some 35 % of the submitted papers.

The rest of accepted contributions will be published in iLRN’s online proceedings linked to a DOI and ISBN number. To see previous years proceedings please visit:

CCIS Springer Proceedings are indexed by:

Conference Venue

iLRN 2017 takes place in Coimbra, a former medieval capital city of Portugal, at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra, in cooperation with Universidade Aberta, Portugal’s e-learning university.

Coimbra is in central Portugal, well connected by train (18-20 schedules every day) to Porto and Lisbon. Airports in Porto and Lisbon have regular scheduled flights to/from all major European destinations and major world cities. They also have direct subway/metro connections to the train stations.

The University is one of the oldest in the world, dating from 1290, its main building being the former Royal Palace of 1537. This and many colleges and other buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries are now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The venue’s building is the College of Santo Agostinho, built in 1593. Coimbra is known as the ‘city of students’ or the ‘Portuguese Athens’ due to the university’s central location and role in the history of the city.

Keynote Speakers

The Fourth Industrial Revolution Meets the Fourth E-Learning Revolution by Dr Curtis Bonk

Dr Curtis Bonk Indiana University, USA The Fourth Industrial Revolution Meets the Fourth E-Learning Revolution Over the past few centuries, humankind has entered and exited a series of industrial ages from the age of steam […]

Augmented Reality: the Emerging Trend in Education by Professor Minjuan Wang

Professor Minjuan Wang Shanghai International Studies University (Oriental Scholar), China & San Diego State University, USA Augmented Reality: the Emerging Trend in Education Augmented Reality (AR) is the layering of virtual information over the real, […]

Immersive installations for virtual time travel, virtual museums and community engagement by Dr Alan Miller

Dr Alan Miller School of Computer Science, Open Virtual Worlds research group, University of St Andrews, Scotland and the Smart History company Immersive installations for virtual time travel, virtual museums and community engagement   This presentation […]

Real World Steps from Legacy Siloed Systems into Computer Mediated Reality By Nelson Vilhena

Nelson Vilhena CRITICAL Software Real World Steps from Legacy Siloed Systems into Computer Mediated Reality The Computer Mediated Reality is a real possible alternative to the common and more orthodox solutions for day-to-day businesses. Computer […]

Workplace-based Learning in the Industrie 4.0: Multi-perspective approaches and solutions for the shopfloor by Dr Carsten Ullrich

Dr Carsten Ullrich German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Germany Workplace-based Learning in the Industrie 4.0 Multi-perspective approaches and solutions for the shopfloor Today’s shop floor, the area of a factory where operatives assemble […]

Immersive Learning Research: The need, call, and proposed design for an open networked global community effort by Dr Jonathon Richter

Dr Jonathon Richter Immersive Learning Research Network & Salish Kootenai College, USA “Immersive Learning Research: The need, call, and proposed design for an open networked global community effort” Learning in 3D is nothing new – […]

Conference Organization

  • General Chair – Michael Gardner, University of Essex, UK
  • Academic Chair – Christian Gütl, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Community Chair – Jonathon Richter, Salish Kootenai College, USA
  • Program Co­-Chair – Colin Allison, University of St Andrews, UK
  • Special Tracks & Workshops Co­-Chair – Johanna Pirker, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Special Tracks & Workshops Co­-Chair – Foaad Khosmood, California Polytechnic State University, USA
  • Publications Director – Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas, USA
  • Finance Director – Patrick O’Shea, Appalachian State University, USA
  • Publicity & Public Relations Director – Anasol Peña­-Rios, University of Essex, UK
  • Publicity & Public Relations Director – Samah Felemban, University of Essex, UK
  • Submission Systems Director – Johanna Pirker, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Conference Registration Director – Anasol Peña­-Rios, University of Essex, UK
  • Website Director – Anasol Peña­-Rios, University of Essex, UK

Local Organization

  • Local Co-Chair – Leonel Caseiro Morgado, Universidade Aberta & INESC TEC, Portugal
  • Local Co-Chair – Ana Amélia Carvalho,  Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
  • Local Co-Chair – João Caetano, Universidade Aberta, Portugal
  • Student Volunteer – Gonçalo Cruz, UTAD, Portugal
  • Student Volunteer – Daniela Pedrosa, UTAD, Portugal
  • Student Volunteer – Fernando Cassola, UTAD, Portugal
  • Student Volunteer – Ricardo Nunes, Brazil
  • Student Volunteer – Luis Miguel Sequeira, Portugal
  • Student Volunteer – Luis Fernandes, UTAD, Portugal
  • Student Volunteer – Cristiane T. Machado, FPCE, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Student Volunteer – Wilson M. Godinho, FPCE, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Student Volunteer – Renato Mamede, FPCE, University of Coimbra, Portugal

International Chairs

  • North America Co-Chair – Krista Terry, Appalachian State University, USA
  • North America Co-Chair – Minjuan Wang, San Diego State University, USA
  • Latin America Co-Chair – Victor Manuel Zamudio Rodríguez, Instituto Tecnológico de León, Mexico
  • Latin America Co-Chair – Marina Vicario Solórzano, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico
  • South America Co-Chair – Andreas Pester, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria
  • South America Co-Chair – Roger Tavares, UFRN, Brazil
  • South America Co-Chair – Eliane Schlemmer, UNISINOS, Brazil
  • South America Co-Chair – Luís Carlos Petry, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Asia Pacific Co-Chair – Yiyu Cai, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Asia Pacific Co-Chair – Henry Been-Lirn Duh, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Asia Pacific Co-Chair – Erik Champion, Curtin University, Australia
  • Europe Co-Chair – Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Europe Co-Chair – Fotis Liarokapis, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  • Middle East Co-Chair – Mohammad Al-Smadi, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
  • Middle East Co-Chair – Samir Abou El-Seoud, The British University in Egypt (BUE), Egypt
  • Africa Chair – Mathy Vanbuel, Audiovisual Technologies, Informatics & Telecommunications, Belgium

Program Committee

  • Abelardo Pardo, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, The Open University, UK
  • Alberto Cardoso, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Alexander Nussbaumer, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Alexandra Câmara, Universidade Aberta, Portugal
  • Alla Vovk, Oxford Brookes University, UK
  • Allan Fowler, Kennesaw State University, USA
  • Alok Mishra, Atilim University, Turkey
  • Ana A. Carvalho, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Ana Isabel Veloso, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Anasol Peña­-Rios, University of Essex, UK
  • Andreas Schmeil, immpres, Switzerland
  • Brenda Bannan, George Mason University, USA
  • Britte Cheng, SRI International
  • Bruno Joho, Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts, Switzerland
  • Carl Smith, Ravensbourne University, UK
  • Carlo Vizzi, ALTEC, Italy
  • Carlos Delgado Kloos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Christian Gütl, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Christoph Igel, Centre for e-Learning Technology, Germany
  • Claudio Brito, COPEC, Brazil
  • Colin Allison, University of St Andrews, UK
  • Daniel Livingstone, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
  • Daphne Economou, University of Westminster, UK
  • David Lowe, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Davinia Hernandez-Leo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Demetrios Sampson, Curtin University, Australia
  • Dennis Beck, UARK, USA
  • Diana Urbano, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Dominic Kao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Dor Abrahamson, UC Berkeley, USA
  • Edmundo Tovar, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Elisabetta Parodi, Lattanzio Learning S.p.A.
  • Erik Champion, Curtin University, Australia
  • Ferial Khaddage, Deakin College/University, Australia
  • Fridolin Wild, The Open University, UK
  • Foaad Khosmood, California Polytechnic State University, USA
  • George Ioannidis, University of Patras, Greece
  • Giuliana Dettori, Istituto di Tecnologie Didattiche del CNR, Italy
  • Guenter Wallner, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria
  • Gustavo Alves, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal
  • Hanan Gazit, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
  • Helen Wauck, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Helena Murteira, Universidade de Évora, Portugal
  • Ignazio Passero, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy
  • Ilona Buchem, Beuth University, Germany
  • Ioana Stanescu, UNAP
  • István Koren, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Jaakko Karjalainen, VTT, Finalnd
  • Jana Pejoska, Aalto University, Finland
  • Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge, University of Bremen, Germany
  • João Relvão, Universidade Aberta, Portugal
  • João Carlos Caetano, Universidade Aberta, Portugal
  • Jesús de La Fuente, University of Almería, Spain
  • Jochen Kuhn, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Johanna Pirker, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Jonathon Richter, Salish Kootenai College, USA
  • Jose Zagal, DePaul University, USA
  • Jose Juan Dominguez Veiga, Maynooth University, Ireland
  • Justin Ehrlich, Western Illinois University, USA
  • Kai Erenli, UAS bfi Vienna, Austria
  • Kaj Helin, VTT, Finland
  • Leonor Botelho, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
  • Leonel Caseiro Morgado, Universidade Aberta & INESC TEC, Portugal
  • Lisa Gjedde, Aalborg Universitet, Denmark
  • Louis Nisiotis, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  • Luiz Fernando Capretz, Western University, Canada
  • Manuel Gericota, ISEP, Portugal
  • Manuel Castro, UNED, Spain
  • Marcus Specht, Open University of the Netherlands, Netherlands
  • Margit Höfler, University of Graz, Austria
  • María Blanca Ibáñez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Mario Aehnelt, Fraunhofer IGD Rostock, Germany
  • Markos Mentzelopoulos, University of Westminster, UK
  • Max North, Southern Polytechnic State University, USA
  • Melany Ciampi, Science and Education Research Council, Brazil
  • Michael Gardner, University of Essex, UK
  • Michael Thomas, University of Central Lancashire, UK
  • Mikhail Fominykh, Europlan UK Ltd, UK
  • Milos Kravcik, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Minjuan Wang, San Diego State University, USA
  • Monique Janneck, Fachhochschule Lübeck, Germany
  • Nelson Zagalo, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Puneet Sharma, University of Tromsø, Norway
  • Rainer Malaka, University of Bremen, Germany
  • Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Rob Nadolski, Open University of the Netherlands, Netherlands
  • Roland Klemke, Open University of the Netherlands, Netherlands
  • Ryan Locke, Abertay University, UK
  • Samuel Mascarenhas, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
  • Stephanie Linek, ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Germany
  • Styliani Kleanthous, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Stylianos Mystakidis, University of Patras, Greece
  • Timo Koskela, University of Oulu / CIE, Finland
  • Victor Alvarez, Murdoch University, Australia
  • Victor Callaghan, University of Essex, UK
  • Volker Settgast, Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH, Austria
  • Wafa Bourkhis, Universities of Artois (France) and Tunis (Tunisia)
  • Will Guest, Oxford Brookes University, UK
  • Yifei Wang, University of British Columbia, Canada