VRST 2020

ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology

Ottawa, Canada        November 1 - 4, 2020

Welcome to Ottawa

VRST 2020 will be held alongside ACM CHI Play 2020 in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, which reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character. With over 12 national museums and the spectacular Gatineau Park, Ottawa River, Rideau River, and Rideau Canal (a UNESCO world heritage site) close by, there are many excellent recreational opportunities for attendees to enjoy.

Venue and Transportation

VRST 2020 will be held in downtown Ottawa’s largest convention centre, the Shaw Centre. The Shaw Centre is conveniently located near a wide range of hotels, restaurants, and entertainment options.

Getting to VRST 2020

The main ways of getting to VRST 2020 are summarized below.
  • By air to YOW: This is the general recommendation and also the easiest and fastest route. It is highly recommended for international visitors. The YOW airport has over 100 daily arriving flights and departures spread throughout the day, with daily arrivals from Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, Orlando, London, Calgary, Halifax, and various other destinations.
  • By air via other airports: It is possible to arrive at the Toronto (~400 km) or Montreal (~200 km) airports and make other arrangements from there. This option will be slower, but potentially less expensive. Visitors interested in sightseeing in southern Ontario might choose this option. Once landed, three options are available: train, bus or car.
    • Driving (rental car) is fastest: From Toronto on the 401, this will take about 4 hours. From Montreal on the Trans-Canada, it will take about 2 hours.
    • Train: Via Rail offers daily trains from Toronto Pearson Airport to Ottawa, which takes approximately 5.5 hours at around $100CAD. From Montreal Trudeau Airport, the trip is approximately 2.5 hours at around $45CAD.
    • Bus: Greyhound offers multiple daily busses from Toronto Pearson Airport to Ottawa. The trip takes approximately 6 – 7 hours, at about $45CAD. The trip from Montreal Trudeau Airport is about 2.5 hours at around $30CAD.


General Chairs


  • Robert J. Teather
  • Carleton University, Canada
  • Chris Joslin
  • Carleton University, Canada
Program Chairs


  • Wolfgang Stuerzlinger
  • Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Pablo Figueroa
  • Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • Yaoping Hu
  • University of Calgary, Canada
Poster/Demo Chairs


  • Anil Ufuk Batmaz
  • Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Wonsook Lee
  • University of Ottawa, Canada
Local Arrangements Chairs
  • Anthon Scavarelli
  • Carleton University/Algonquin College, Canada
  • Katie Graham
  • Carleton University, Canada
Sponsorship Chairs
  • Dan Hawes
  • Carleton University/Toonrush Inc., Canada
Publicity Chair


  • Francisco Ortega
  • Colorado State University, USA
Student Volunteer Chairs
  • Assem Kroma
  • Carleton University, Canada
  • Heather Qian
  • Carleton University, Canada
Family Services Chair
  • Audrey Girouard
  • Carleton University, Canada
  • Ali Arya
  • Carleton University, Canada


  • Stanislav Kyian
  • Carleton University, Canada

Related events

Nov. 1 to 4

CHI PLAY is the international and interdisciplinary conference (by ACM SIGCHI) for researchers and professionals across all areas of play, games and human-computer interaction (HCI)

CHI PLAY is co-located with VRST 2020 and with shared events

Oct. 31 to Nov. 1

ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction (SUI)

ACM SUI brings together top researchers and practitioners from around the world who focus on spatial interaction for Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and for real environments