iLRN 2019 Workshops

iLRN 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 format and content of each workshop is to be determined by its organizers. However, 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).

Please note that ONLY abstracts of iLRN 2019 Workshops are to be included in published iLRN online proceedings.

For more information on guidelines and submission please visit

Workshops (Accepted)

To read more about each workshop please click on its name in the tabs below.

W1. DoctoralWorkshop

W1. Doctoral Workshop

This iLRN 2019 Doctoral Workshop provides a platform for doctoral students undertaking research on various aspects of immersive learning, innovation in technology (Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality spectrum) to assist education and emerging theoretical models to assist technology driven forms of education. The workshop offers doctoral students an opportunity to:

  • share and develop their research ideas in a supportive environment;
  • obtain feedback from mentors who are senior academics and established researchers;
  • explore issues related to academic and research careers; and
  • build relationships within the broader academic community from around the world.

The Doctoral Workshop integrates the “publication retreat” which offers doctoral students the opportunity to meet reviewers and journal editors and gain mentorship on devising the most effective strategy for writing and submitting papers to top journal titles.

Call for PhD research proposals

The Doctoral Workshop invites all interested doctoral candidates to submit their research proposals for review and feedback. The research proposals should be a maximum length of 4 A4 sized-pages and should typically include the following structure:

  • Problem statement/definition
  • Brief literature review
  • Conceptual development
  • Proposed methodology
  • Outcome/Anticipated results

Proposals can be submitted for presentation in either oral or poster format. 20 minutes will be allocated to oral presentations (15 minutes to present and 5 minutes for Q&A and feedback). Poster presentations will be available throughout the day for comments and feedback. Please state in your proposal which format you would like to present in.

Each submission will undergo a peer-review process. The review criteria will include: relevance of the topic to iLRN; clarity of research objectives; review of relevant literature; clarity of research methods; stage of research.

The stage of research is important. It should not be a draft/initial idea or a project that is about to be completed. It should be a proposal you have worked on for some time and you are looking for feedback.

Students will be notified about the review outcome, along with recommendations on how to improve the proposal (if applicable) before the workshop.

Submission & publication

All submissions should be in English via iLRN’s 2019 EasyChair submission system  as a single PDF file.

The accepted presentations at the Doctoral Workshop will be included in the iLRN 2019 online proceedings.


  • PhD research proposal submission: February 1st, 2019
  • Author notification of acceptance: March 1st, 2019
  • Camera-ready deadline: April 1st, 2019
  • Author registration deadline: May 6th, 2019

Main Conference, Special Tracks and Workshops: Monday June 24th – Thursday June 27th, 2019


The workshop is free to registered attendees of iLRN 2019 conference.

To encourage students to attend other sessions and to connect with the immersive learning community students registered to the iLRN 2019 Doctoral Workshop will get a reduced fee. For more information look at the conference registration.

iLRN 2019 PhD workshop Organizers

  • Daphne Economou, University of Westminster
  • Aleka Psarrou, University of Westminster
  • Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas
  • Christian Guetl, Graz University of Technology
  • Johanna Pirker, Graz University of Technology
  • Christian Eckhardt, California Polytechnique State University


Daphne Economou,



Call for Proposals

Call for Workshop Proposal

The Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) is the premier venue for presenting innovative systems and research results related to scientific, technical, and applied potential of immersive learning. The iLRN Committee invites proposals for half-day and full-day workshops to be held at iLRN 2019 Annual Conference.

The function of the workshops is to provide a setting for focused and intensive scientific exchange among researchers interested in a specific topic. As such, workshops are the primary venues for the exploration of emerging ideas as well as for the discussion of novel aspects, and applications of established research topics. However, preference will be given to workshops whose format includes sessions that facilitate highly interactive discussions. Examples include Q&As, scenario building, trend analyses, debates, panels, or even a competition or a challenge around an interesting dataset. Although all proposal topics are welcome, preference will be given to workshop proposals that focus on the conference special call for Immersive Learning in Urban Environments.

Important Dates
  • Special Tracks and Workshop proposals deadline: October 15th, 2018 (extended)
  • Notification of acceptance Special Tracks and Workshops: October 29th, 2018
  • Full papers submission deadline: February 1st, 2019
  • Short papers submission deadline: February 1st, 2019
  • Posters and Demos submission deadline: February 1st, 2019
  • Author notification of acceptance (full papers): March 1st, 2019
  • Author notification of acceptance (long/short papers, posters): March 1st, 2019
  • Camera-ready deadline (full papers): April 1st, 2019
  • Camera-ready deadline (short papers and posters): April 1st, 2019
  • Author registration deadline (full papers): May 6th, 2019
  • Early registration deadline for long/short papers and posters: May 6th, 2019
  • Main Conference, Special Tracks and Workshops: Monday June 24th – Thursday June 27th, 2019
  • Pre-Conference Social Event: Sunday June 23rd, 2019 (optional)

Review Criteria

The decision on acceptance or rejection of a workshop proposal will be made on the basis of the overall quality of the proposal and its appeal to a reasonable fraction of the immersive learning community. Other factors, such as degree of overlap with other workshop proposals, or issues regarding logistics, will also be taken into account when making the final decision.

In particular, workshops should address research topics which satisfy each of the following criteria:

  • The topic falls in the general scope of iLRN 2019
  • There is a clear focus on a specific technology, problem or application
  • There is potential to attract a sufficiently broad community interested in the topic
  • Potential for future impact

Submission Guidelines

We welcome workshops with an innovative structure and a diverse program which attracts various types of contributions and ensures rich interactions.

All submissions should be in English via iLRN’s 2019 EasyChair submission system as a single PDF file containing the following sections:

  • Title and Acronym
  • Workshop Type: established/emerging
  • Abstract: 200 word summary of the workshop purpose
  • Topics: What topics of interest will be covered by the workshop? (Bulleted list; ½ page)
  • Motivation (emerging only): Why is the topic timely and of interest to iLRN participants? (One to three paragraphs)
  • Workshop Format: The intended mix of events, such as paper presentations, invited talks, panels, demos and general discussion (Either a schedule or a one paragraph summary)
  • Audience: Who and how many people are likely to attend? (One paragraph)
  • Community: Demonstrate that there is a community interested in the topic by providing references for up to six publications relating to the topic (preferably not co-authored by the organizers and preferably published in the past few years). Otherwise, if six such papers cannot be provided, discuss why the workshop will attract submissions. (½ page)
  • Chair(s): Name, affiliation, email address, homepage and short (one paragraph) biography of each chair, explaining the chair’s expertise for the workshop
  • Program Committee: Names and affiliations of potential PC members
  • Proposed Length: Half-day or full-day?

We strongly advise having more than one chair, preferably from different institutions, bringing different perspectives to the topic, ideally with a mix of both junior and senior researchers with a maximum of five workshop organizers.

Proposed workshops should have a core theme that is much more selective than the broader scope of the main conference. iLRN may reject or propose to merge workshops that overlap significantly with each other (giving preference to established workshops).

Tasks and Common Deadlines for Accepted Workshops

The Workshop chairs are expected to apply highest standards to promote, manage and run the workshop respecting the deadlines and procedure.  This includes:

  • Preparing and distributing the call for contributing to the Workshop.
  • Setting up a quality submission and review procedure following the deadlines in proposal.
  • Communicating with the authors, Special Track Chairs and Academic Program Chair
  • Keep the conference organizers updated on the status
  • Providing a one page abstract to be published with any workshop papers. The abstract must follow the style guideline and include title, name and affiliation of Workshop chairs, background and motivation of Workshop, format, and summary of review process.

How to submit a proposal?

  1. Prepare your submission document fulfilling the requirements above, and following the guidelines in the Author’s Kit.
  2. Please login/register to iLRN 2019 submission system
  3. Select the correspondent category when adding your proposal.

All submitted proposals will be reviewed by the correspondent event chairs and selected board members following the quality aspects published. For the quality aspects please refer to the Authors’ Kit.

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