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Best Paper

Measurement-based Hyper-elastic Material Identification and Real-time FEM Simulation for Haptic Rendering, Arsen Abdulali, Ibragim Atadjanov, Seungkyu Lee, Seokhee Jeon

Best Demo

Dynamic Virtual Proteins: Visualization, Interaction and Collaboration in Virtual Reality, Jean-Marc Gauthier, Ian McGrath, Jagdish Suresh Patel

Best Poster #1

Mixed Reality Speaker Identification as an Accessibility Tool for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Users, Abraham Glasser, Edward Mason Riley, Kaitlyn Weeks, Raja Kushalnagar

Best Poster #2

Augmented Reality Visualisation Concepts to Support Intraoperative Distance Estimation, Florian Heinrich; Gerd Schmidt; Florian Jungmann; Christian Hansen

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Latest News

Welcome Reception

The VRST 2019 Welcome Reception will be held on 12 November, commencing with early registration at 2:30pm. Network with delegates from around the world, see the developer showcase and experience some fine Australian cuisine.


Keynote by Aleissia Laidacker

We are very proud to announce a keynote by Aleissia Laidacker, director of developer experience at Magic Leap. Also, due to unforeseen circumstances, Timoni will not be joining us at VRST. Aleissia has been voted as Top 30 People to Watch in Augmented Reality 2018.

Developer Showcase

We invite all start-up / indie / student developers who want to present their projects, compete in our developer showcase, win some cool prizes and get feedback from experts. Deadline for submission is 1/11.

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Choose the VRST 2019 registration category that best fits your schedule and budget.
Registration Deadlines is 1st November 2019, 23:55 PST. (For maximum savings, be sure to register)

The registration in now OPEN! Please click on this link to register.

Registration FeeEarly Bird (ends October 1st, 2019)Late
Member850 AUD990 AUD
Non-member990 AUD1100 AUD
Student350 AUD450 AUD
Retiree550 AUD650 AUD

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Aleissia Laidacker

Technology and Design Director with 20 years experience in product design, AI, systems and game development. A leader in the Augmented Reality / Mixed Reality space, where she leads as Director of Developer Experience at Magic Leap. She is an advocate for emergent technologies and leads teams focused on the future of AI, Mixed Reality and Immersive Design. She co-founded Mixed Flour, which is an Immersive Design Company focused on creating location-based experiences that bring together Food, Technology and Interaction Design. As a technology evangelist, she often speaks at conferences, about Mixed Reality technologies, Interaction Design, User Experience Design and Artificial Intelligence. Voted as Top 30 People to Watch in Augmented Reality 2018


Mark Walsh

Mark Walsh is an 18 year veteran of Pixar Animation Studios. He directed the Toy Story short, PartySaurus Rex, supervised animation on Ratatouille and Finding Nemo, and contributed to nearly every project at the studio, including A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc, The Incredibles, Presto, The Good Dinosaur, Cars 3, Up, and Toy Story 3. He is an experienced animator, storyboard artist, voice actor, writer and director. Mark left Pixar in 2015 and is currently founder of Motional.ai, using artificial intelligence to to converse with beloved animated characters.


Professor Mark Billinghurst

Dr. Mark Billinghurst is one of the world's leading augmented reality researchers, focusing on innovative computer interfaces that explore how virtual and real worlds can be merged. Former director of the HIT Lab New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, he has produced over 250 technical publications and presented demonstrations and courses at a wide variety of conferences.


Tomasz Bednarz

Tomasz Bednarz is Associate Professor and Director at the Expanded Perception & Interaction Centre (EPICentre) UNSW Art & Design and Team Leader at CSIRO Data61 (Visual Analytics Team, Software & Computational Systems program). His current role at the UNSW Art & Design reflects his conviction to a holistic approach to the wicked problems facing the collation, analytics and display of big data. His approach is expansive and encompasses the use of novel technologies (AR, VR, CAVE, Dome, AVIE), often in combination. Over the last couple of years, he has been involved in wide range of interdisciplinary projects in the area of immersive visualisation, human-computer interaction, computational imaging, visualisation, and simulations, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, and games. He also holds Adjunct positions at Queensland University of Technology (Science and Engineering Faculty, School of Mathematical Sciences), and University of South Australia (School of IT and Math Sciences). He is Chair of ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2019. SIGGRAPH conferences are the world’s largest, most influential annual meetings and exhibitions in computer graphics and interactive techniques. The conference will be held for the very first time in Australia (Brisbane).

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All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia. To explore visa options and get information on visa’s appropriate for you, follow the link below and answer a few short questions.

While tourist visa is normally handled in a matter of week, allow yourself up to 6 weeks in case unforeseen circumstances arise, such as need for documentation of financing. We can provide official invitation letters to all participants.

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Student Scholarships

SIGCHI Student Travel Grants

The SIGCHI Student Travel Grant is a program that provides assistance for students with accepted contributions to attend SIGCHI (co)sponsored conferences.

Gary Marsden Student Development Fund

The Gary Marsden Student Development Fund is a special fund to provide assistance for students from the developing world to attend events including, HCI related conferences.


Novotel Sydney Parramatta

10% off the best available rate from the 12th-15th November for all VRST delegates.

Please email or call the hotel directly and mention that you are a part of the VRST conference to receive the discount.

Email: H8787-re@accor.com
Phone: 61 2 9630 4999

Mercure Sydney Parramatta

We would like to offer a static rate of $169.00 for Standard Queen and Standard Twin room at the hotel.
Pre - paid rate offer.
Cut off for early bird special rate 31st October 2019.

Subject to this room type still becoming available at time of guest requirement. Once sold all standard rooms we will still offer 10% off.

Email: H2123@accor.com
Phone: 61 2 8836 1000

Venue and Transportation

Western Sydney University - Parramatta City Campus (169 Macquarie Street Parramatta)

For the first time in its history the conference will be hosted in Australia. The city of Sydney is the cultural, historic and business centre of the country and will be home for VRST 2019. The conference will be held in Western Sydney University’s new Parramatta City Campus (1PSQ)in the Parramatta CBD.

This flagship 10-storey campus is located close to public transport, including trains, ferries and buses and is easily accessible from Sydney CBD. Parramatta is the historic heart of Sydney's west that features beautiful parks and colonial sites as well as world-class food, arts and entertainment.

Travel: Sydney Kingsford Smith is a major international airport. Return airfares (Qantas) from Los Angeles in November 2019 are around USD 1000 and from Frankfurt: around EUR 1100. Parramatta CBD is easily accessible by train from the International Airport. Travel time is 45 minutes and current cost is AUD 18. There is a direct train from the Parramatta Station (5 min walk from the venue) that goes to the Sydney Central Station. The train ride takes 25 minutes. There are public ferries (boats) that travel directly from Parramatta to the Sydney Opera House. You will need to purchase an Opal Card for travel on public transport whilst here.

Accommodation: Parramatta CBD is a large business centre with many hotels around. The conference organisers can secure conference rates (10% discount) with the following hotels: Novotel Sydney Parramatta and Mercure Sydney Parramatta. These hotels are located at walking distance to the venue. Prices for November 2019 range from AUD 180 to AUD 260. Another alternative is to use Western Sydney University Village, where accommodation is available starting from AUD 80. A free shuttle bus regularly travels from the University Village to the conference venue.

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Program Committee Members

Adcock, Matt
Ammi, Mehdi
Billinghurst, Mark
Boulic, Ronan
Bowman, Doug
Bruckner, Stefan
Bruder, Gerd
Bues, Matthias
Chen, Bing-Yu
Chen, Hsiang-Ting
Chen, Jian
Chi, Ming-Te
Chu, Hung-Kuo
Chuang, Yung-Yu
Coquillart, Sabine
Cui, Zhaopeng
Dey, Arindam
Dodiya, Janki
Doerner, Ralf
Dwyer, Tim
Ens, Barrett
Ferrise, Francesco
Figueroa, Pablo
Fleury, Cedric
Fu, Chi-Wing
Fuhrmann, Arnulph
Fujita, Kazuyuki
Guo, Rongkai
He, Ying
Hoang, Thuong
Hoermann, Simon
Hu, Shi
Igarashi, Yuki
Ijiri, Takashi
Interrante, Victoria
Itoh, Yuta
Jarabo, Adrian
Johnsen, Kyle
Jones, Andrew
Jorge, Joaquim
Jung, Sungchul
Kalkofen, Denis
Keefe, Daniel
Kim, Gerard
Kim, Min H.
Koike, Takafumi
Lai, Yu-Chi
Latoschik, Marc
Lee, Gun
Lee, Tong
Ljung, Patric
Lourdeaux, Domitile
Ma, Kwan
Mestre, daniel
Mitchell, Kenny
Mousas, Christos
Mukai, Tomohiko
Narumi, Takuji
Nedel, Luciana
Oishi, Takeshi
Olivier, Anne-Hélène
Oshita, Masaki
Ozell, Benoit
Pan, Ye
Piumsomboon, Thammathip
Plopski, Alexander
Querrec, Ronan
Reiners, Dirk
Robb, Andrew
Sadagic, Amela
Saito, Hideo
Sanders, Betsy
Serafin, Stefania
Shum, Hubert
Sigemasu, Hiroaki
Skarbez, Richard
Steinberger, Markus
Steinicke, Frank
Stuerzlinger, Wolfgang
Su, Simon
Sugimoto, Maki
Suma Rosenberg, Evan
Takashima, Kazuki
Takayama, Kenshi
Tatzgern, Markus
Teschner, Matthias
Toyoura, Masahiro
Valkov, Dimitar
Wang, Dangxiao
Weyers, Benjamin
Woźniak, Paweł W.
Yamamoto, Goshiro
Yamamoto, Kazuhiko
Yamasaki, Toshihiko
Yanagida, Yasuyuki
Yang, Xubo
Yu, Lap-Fai
Zhao, Shuang

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