VRST 2019

Welcome to Sydney

VRST 2019

Important Dates

AoE (Anywhere on Earth)

July 19, 2019 (23:59 AoE)

Papers with all material submission

August 15, 2019 (23:59 AoE)
Posters and demos submission

September 15, 2019 (23:59 AoE)

Author notification for papers, posters and demos

September 22, 2019 (23:59 AoE)

Camera-ready papers, posters, and demos

November 12-15, 2019

Conference in Sydney, Australia

Symposium General Chair:
Tomas Trescak, Australia

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Latest News

Keynote by Timoni West from Unity 3D

Timoni West is the Director of XR Research at Unity, where she leads a team of cross-disciplinary artists and engineers exploring new interfaces for human-computer interaction. Currently, her team focuses on sp ...

Keynote by Professor Mark Billingurst from UNISA

Mark Billinghurst is Professor of Human Computer Interaction at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia. He earned a PhD in 2002 from the University of Washington and researches innovative ...

Keynote by Mark Walsh, Pixar Animation Studios

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 th ...

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Registration

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)
Registration FeeEarly BirdLate
Member850 AUD990 AUD
Non-member990 AUD1100 AUD
Student350 AUD350 AUD
Retiree550 AUD650 AUD

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Keynotes

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Timoni West

Timoni West is the Director of XR Research at Unity, where she leads a team of cross-disciplinary artists and engineers exploring new interfaces for human-computer interaction. Currently, her team focuses on spatial computing: how we will live, work, and create in a world where digital objects and the real world live side-by-side. One of her team’s first tools, EditorXR, a tool for editing Unity projects directly in virtual reality, won SF Design Week’s first-ever Virtual Tech award in 2018. A longtime technologist, Timoni was formerly SVP at Alphaworks, co-founder of Recollect, and CEO of Department of Design, a digital agency. She's worked for startups across the country, including Foursquare, Flickr, Causes, and Airtime. Timoni serves on the OVA board and is an advisor to Tvori and Spatial Studios, among others. In 2017, Timoni was listed in Next Reality News’ Top 50 to Watch. Additionally, she serves on XRDC’s advisory board, is a Sequoia Scout, and was a jury member for ADC’s 2018 Awards in Experiential Design.

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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.

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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.

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Visa

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

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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.

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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.

Venue and Transportation

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

Novotel Sydney Parramatta
Reservations: H8787-re@accor.com Phone: 61 2 9630 4999

Mercure Sydney Parramatta
Reservations: H2123@accor.com Phone: 61 2 8836 1000

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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Organisers

WSUMacquariemarcs

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Sponsors

ACMACM Siggraph

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Media Partners

ACM