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ISMAR 2012

Call for Participation

The 11th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality

Nov 5 – 8, 2012, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA


The fields of Mixed Reality (MR) and Augmented Reality (AR) seek to interactively mix virtual media with a person’s perception of the physical world around them.  Whether interactively combining physical and virtual objects and environments in 3D, or reacting to location or other aspects of a users context, these paradigms enable fascinating new types of user interfaces, and are beginning to show significant impact on industry and society. The field is highly interdisciplinary, and MR/AR concepts are applicable to a wide range of applications. Since 1998, ISMAR and its forerunner events, IWAR/ISAR and ISMR, have been the premier forums in this vital field.

This year we are proud to present the 11th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR 2012). The symposium will be held on Nov. 5 – 8, 2012 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, USA. We invite you all to participate in this great event for the exchange of new ideas in this exciting field!

* ISMAR 2012 now invites contributions to a range of categories: *

– Papers and Posters to the Science & Technology (S&T) program

– Papers and Posters to the Arts, Media and Humanities (AMH) program

– Innovation Workshops

– Informative Tutorials

– Demonstrations

– Art Exhibits

– Tracking Competition

* Science and Technology Program: *

In recent years, Mixed and Augmented Reality has been expanding from an exciting research field into a commercially viable technology. The field is highly interdisciplinary, combining work in diverse disciplines, ranging from human centered research into user interfaces, interaction techniques, education, design, human factors, wearable computing and mobile computing, through more technology oriented research including computer graphics, display technology, computer vision, sensors, signal processing and computer networking. The growing interest in MR/AR applications is creating new challenges for research in all of these areas. We invite papers, posters, workshops, panels, tutorials submissions in the general field of Mixed and Augmented Reality.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, MR/AR aspects of:

* Sensors

– Acquisition of 3D scene descriptions

– Calibration methods

– Position and orientation tracking technology

– Sensor fusion

– Vision-based registration and tracking

* Information presentation

– Aural, haptic and olfactory augmentation

– Display and view management

– Mediated and diminished reality

– Object overlay and spatial layout techniques

– Photo-realistic rendering

– Real-time rendering

* User interaction

– Collaborative MR/AR

– Interaction techniques for MR/AR

– Multi-modal input and output

* System architecture

– Display hardware

– Distributed and collaborative MR/AR

– Performance issues [real-time approaches]

– Wearable and mobile computing

– Online services and MR/AR

* Human factors

– Acceptance of MR/AR technology

– Social implications

– Usability studies and experiments

* MR/AR Applications

– MR/AR for Architecture

– MR/AR for art, cultural heritage, or education and training

– MR/AR for entertainment

– Industrial and military MR/AR applications

– Medical MR/AR applications

– Personal MR/AR information systems

* Arts, Media & Humanities Program: *

The 2012 ISMAR Arts, Media and Humanities (AMH) program invites artists, designers, and scholars to explore the potential of Mixed and Augmented Reality.  Artists and designers are invited to present and contextualize creative work in MR or AR media forms and to reflect on the place of these technologies in various fields of art and design. Scholars are invited to present work that analyzes or critiques AR/MR in the contexts of current social forms or the history of art and media. We welcome papers, posters, and demos, as well as proposals for panels and workshops.

Topics of interest include Mixed and Augmented Reality works in relation to, but not limited to:

* Media art

– Performing arts

– Art History

– Architecture

– Urban design

– Game and toys

– Cultural Heritage

– Social media

* Fields and approaches of interest include, but are not limited to:

– Media Studies

– Cultural Studies

– Literary Studies

– Game Studies

– Practitioner Case Studies

– Design research

– Communications

* Submission Categories *

Submissions in the following categories are solicited. For detailed information on topics, submission and formatting, visit the website at .

* Papers and Posters (S&T and AMH)

Regular written papers and posters are solicited. All accepted papers and posters will be published in the ISMAR 2012 Proceedings and included in the IEEE Xplore digital library. Papers must have a minimum of four pages and maximum of ten pages, while posters are limited to two pages.

Note, that there is only one category for papers – there is no distinction between full and short papers. The acceptance for publication will be partly based on the contribution per page of the paper. For example, a paper in six pages will be expected to have more contribution than one with four pages. Material simultaneously submitted to ISMAR 2012 and another venue will be rejected without review. Please see the web site at for full details.

* Workshops

ISMAR 2012 will have a series of workshops the day before the conference to cover innovative applications and newly emerging areas of MR/AR. ISMAR 2012 workshops are a complementary forum to the main conference. We invite you to submit workshop proposals with pioneering research and fresh application areas at themes from both Science & Technology as well as Arts, Media, & Humanities tracks. Please visit for detailed information on workshop proposals.

* Panels

We welcome panel proposals that address current challenges and opportunities in fields related to ISMAR, in a format that engages the audience in ways not possible in standard presentation formats.

* Informative Tutorials

The purpose of the tutorials is to expand the knowledge of the AR/MR community.  Topics can range from introductory for AR/MR novices to highly technical for AR/MR researchers. We invite individuals or teams interested in presenting a tutorial to submit proposals.

* Demonstrations and Exhibits

ISMAR 2012 will provide exhibition space for demonstrations of MR/AR to the community. These demonstrations can take the shape of live, interactive demos, lab/corporate exhibitions, interactive art exploration, or combination of these.

* Tracking Competition

The first Tracking Competition at ISMAR’08 caught much attention. For ISMAR 2012, we will continue this tradition in collaboration with Georgia Tech’s Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines.

* Important Deadlines *

Paper and Poster Abstracts – ** Required **: May 18, 23:59 US Pacific Time

Paper and Poster Submission : May 25, 23:59 US Pacific Time

Notification for Papers and Posters: Aug 8

Camera-ready copy: Sept 7

Workshop Proposals : April 10

Tutorial & Panel Proposals : June 15

Demonstrations : August 10

Art Exhibits: August 10

Tracking Competition: TBA

* Further Information *

Visit the website at for detailed information on – Submission guidelines for the different categories

– Author guidelines and formatting instructions for S&T and AMH programs

– Reviewing guidelines

* Organization and Contact *

If you have further questions, feel free to email, or contact the appropriate chairs at the email addresses given below.

General chairs:

Blair MacIntyre, Georgia Tech

Greg Welch, University of Central Florida

Science and Technology chairs:

Maribeth Gandy, Georgia Tech

Kiyoshi Kiyokawa, Osaka University

Gerhard Reitmayr, TU Graz

Arts, Media and Humanities chairs:

Jay Bolter, Georgia Tech

Henry Duh, NUS

Sean White, Nokia

Workshop chairs:

Denis Kalkofen, TU Graz

Carson Reynolds, University of Tokyo

Hartmut Seichter, TU Graz

Tutorials and Posters chairs:

Matt Adcock, CSIRO, Australia

John Quarles, UTSA

Andreas Simon, FHRW

Demonstration chairs:

Winyu Chinthammit, HIT Lab AU

Iulian Radu, Georgia Tech

Tracking competition chairs:

Changhyun Choi, Georgia Tech

Henrick Christensen, Georgia Tech

Manuel Huber, TU Munich

* Venue *

ISMAR 2012 will be held November 5-8, 2012 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The hotel is located on the Georgia Tech campus in midtown Atlanta, providing a central location and all facilities for the conference.

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