The ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST) is an international forum for the exchange of experience and knowledge among researchers and developers concerned with VR/AR software and technology.

The VRST symposium brings together the main international research groups working on AR/VR/MR, along with many of the world’s leading companies that provide or utilize AR/VR systems. The VRST 2020 conference will be held in Ottawa, Canada, hosted by Carleton University, from November 1 to November 4, 2020. The event is sponsored by ACM SIGCHI and SIGGRAPH.

For the first time, VRST will be colocated with the ACM CHI Play 2020 Symposium, to help foster collaborations between researchers in the increasingly related VR and games/HCI communities. 

Deadline Extension

As we got many requests for extensions due to COVID-19 related issues, we are extending the deadline for VRST 2020:

New Important Dates: AoE (Anywhere on Earth)

June 29, 2020 (23:59 AoE): Early material (title, abstract, keywords) submission deadline

July 3, 2020 (23:59 AoE): Final submission extended deadline – all materials (paper, video, supplemental materials)

August 3, 2020 (23:59 AoE): Posters and demos submission

August 17, 2020 (23:59 AoE): Author notification for papers, posters and demos

August 24, 2020 (23:59 AoE): Poster/demo submission deadline for recommended submissions

September 1, 2020 (23:59 AoE): Camera-ready papers, posters, and demos

September 1, 2020 (23:59 AoE): Author notifications

September 6, 2020 (23:59 AoE): Camera-Ready Submissions

November 1-4, 2020: Virtual Conference

Main Topics:

  •             VR/AR/MR(=XR) technology and devices
  •             Advanced display technologies and immersive projection technologies
  •             Low-latency and high-performance XR
  •             Multi-user and distributed XR
  •             XR software infrastructures
  •             XR authoring systems
  •             Human interaction and collaborative techniques for XR
  •             Input devices for XR
  •             Tracking and sensing
  •             Multisensory and multimodal system for XR
  •             Brain-computer interfaces
  •             Haptics, smell and taste
  •             Audio and music processing for XR
  •             Sound synthesis for XR
  •             Computer vision and computer graphics techniques for XR
  •             Immersive simulations in XR   
  •             Immersive analytics
  •             Modelling and simulation
  •             Real-time physics-based modelling
  •             Real-time rendering
  •             Physically based rendering for XR
  •             Avatars and virtual humans in XR
  •             Tele-operation and telepresence
  •             Performance testing & evaluation
  •             Locomotion and navigation in virtual environments
  •             Perception, presence, virtual embodiment, and cognition
  •             Teleoperation and telepresence
  •             Computer animation for XR
  •             XR applications (e.g. training systems, medical systems ...)
  •             XR for fabrication
  •             Innovative HCI approaches in XR
  •             Multi-disciplinary research projects involving innovative use of XR


Poster and Demo Tracks:

VRST 2020 welcomes posters and demos on all the main topics. More details soon.

Call for Exhibitors and Sponsors:

VRST 2020 offers exhibitors and sponsors an opportunity to showcase their company's products, attractive demos and innovative solutions at the symposium. Please refer to the conference web-page for information about signing up to become an exhibitor or sponsor at VRST 2020. 

Submission Information:

Please use the ACM SIGCHI Conferences Submission System to submit your work:

Publication of the papers:

All accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library in the VRST collection.

Special Journal Issue:

Selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version for consideration in a special issue of Computers & Graphics.

Paper Format:

Paper submissions should be anonymous and prepared in single column format, using the Word and LaTeX templates from the official ACM Master article template packages and TAPS. For convenience, we have listed approximate word counts for the single column format below. See the TAPS webpage for additional guidance on how content length corresponds to the page limits for the final version.

Submission lengths:

Full research paper: ~6750 words single column (final version: max. 9 pages double column + references)

Short paper: ~3300 words single column (final version: max. 4 pages double column + references)

Poster: ~1200 words single column (final version: max. 2 pages double column + references)

2-column "teaser" figures on the front page are encouraged, but not required for all submissions.

For authors using LaTeX, submit with \documentclass[acmsmall,anonymous,review]{acmart} and then use \documentclass[sigconf]{acmart} for the final version.


Anonymity Guidelines:

Please remove author and institution information from the author list on the title page, remove author information from all paper headers, and remove from the text any clues that would directly identify any of the authors. Please anonymize your PDF file. Note that PDF creator programs may automatically include author information in the file metadata.

Citations of your own published work (including online) must be in the third person, in a manner that is not traceable to the identity of the authors. For example, the wording "in [3], Mountain and River have proposed..." is acceptable, whereas "in [3], we have proposed..." is not. (Where reference [3] is listed explicitly as "Mountain, A. and River, A., Detecting Mountains and Rivers, In Proc. XYZ '16, 721-741.")

Failure to comply with the above requirements will result in an automatic rejection of the paper.


Supplementary Materials:

Submissions may be (optionally) accompanied by additional materials such as images, videos, or electronic documents. These materials do not form a part of the official submission. They will be viewed only at the discretion of the reviewers. All content should be in a portable format that is unlikely to require the user to download additional programs. For example, you may prefer PDF or HTML for documents, PNG or JPEG for images, and QuickTime or MPEG for videos. The total file size for supplementary materials should not exceed a total of 50MB.

To the extent possible, accepted papers should stand on their own, with the additional material providing supplementary information or confirmation of results. It is, however, appropriate to refer to video footage in the paper.



All standing ACM policies, including on those on Prior Publication and Simultaneous Submissions, apply for VRST 2020 [Added July 5].



Paper acceptance is always conditional on at least one author registering for the conference and presenting their work in person.



Program Chairs:

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

Poster/Demo Chairs:

  • Anil Ufuk Batmaz, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Wonsook Lee, University of Ottawa, Canada