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iLRN 2017 : Immersive Learning Research Network Conference 2017 - Call For Proposals - Special Tracks and Workshops


When Jun 26, 2017 - Jun 29, 2017
Where Coimbra, Portugal
Submission Deadline Nov 1, 2016
Notification Due Nov 8, 2016
Categories    immersion   educational technology   learning   virtual reality

Call For Papers

Join the growing network of immersive learning experts and practitioners from across the disciplines in beautiful Coimbra for iLRN 2017!

The 3rd Annual International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network will be an innovative hands-on and scholarly meeting for an emerging global network of developers, educators, and research professionals collaborating to develop the scientific, technical, and applied potential of immersive learning.

Calls for Special Tracks and Workshops
The iLRN 2017 Conference Committee invites to submit proposals for Special Tracks and Workshops to be held at the iLRN Conference on June 26th, 2017 in Coimbra, Portugal.

Topics of interest in the context of immersive environments include:

* Immersive Technologies, Systems and Devices
* Natural and Built Environments as Immersive Learning Spaces
* Cognitive and Pedagogical Analysis
* STEM Education
* The Psychological and Embodied Nature of Immersion
* Learning and Training Applications
* Non-leisure Games and Gamification
* A Glance into the Future: Innovations, Challenges and Applications
* Games and Entertainment
* Art and Creativity
* Cultural Heritage

Important Dates
Special Track and Workshop Proposals deadline: November 1st, 2016
Notification of Acceptance Special Tracks and Workshops: November 8th, 2016

Special Tracks
Special Tracks are intended to be a forum for quality scientific research, held in parallel with the main conference. Contributing papers are required to meet the same standards as papers for the main conference, being evaluated using the same peer review process.

Special Track papers will be included in the online conference proceedings, depending on the overall quality and track chair’s decision, either as long paper (10 – 12 pages) or as a short paper (6 – 8 pages), high quality contribution will also be selected as full papers (14 pages) for the Springer proceedings.

More information on format and submission:


iLRN workshops provide a venue for exploring and discussing emerging research directions, immersive learning applications, and particular foci within the immersive learning community – with more focus and less formality than other tracks.
The format and content of each workshop is to be determined by its organizers. However, preference will be given to workshops whose format includes sessions that facilitate highly interactive discussions with the audience.

More information on format and submission:

Conference Organization
General Chair – Michael Gardner, University of Essex, UK
Academic Chair – Christian Gütl, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Community Chair – Jonathon Richter, Salish Kootenai College, USA
Program Co­-Chair – Colin Allison, University of St Andrews, UK
Program Co­-Chair – Scott Warren, University of North Texas, USA
Publications Director – Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas, USA
Finance Director – Patrick O’Shea, Appalachian State University, USA
Special Tracks & Workshops Co­-Chair – Johanna Pirker, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Special Tracks & Workshops Co­-Chair – Foaad Khosmood, California Polytechnic State University, USA
Publicity & Public Relations Director – Anasol Peña­-Rios, University of Essex, UK
Publicity & Public Relations Director – Samah Felemban, University of Essex, UK
Submission Systems Director – Johanna Pirker, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Conference Registration Director – Anasol Peña­-Rios, University of Essex, UK
Website Director – Anasol Peña­-Rios, University of Essex, UK

Local Organization
Local Co-Chair – Leonel Caseiro Morgado, Universidade Aberta & INESC TEC, Portugal
Local Co-Chair – Ana Amélia Carvalho, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Local Co-Chair – João Caetano, Universidade Aberta, Portugal
Student Volunteer – Gonçalo Cruz, UTAD, Portugal
Student Volunteer – Daniela Pedrosa, UTAD, Portugal
Student Volunteer – Fernando Cassola, UTAD, Portugal
Student Volunteer – Ricardo Nunes, Brazil
Student Volunteer – Luis Miguel Sequeira, Portugal
Student Volunteer – Luis Fernandes, UTAD, Portugal

International Chairs
North America Co-Chair – Krista Terry, Appalachian State University, USA
North America Co-Chair – Minjuan Wang, San Diego State University, USA
Latin America Co-Chair – Victor Manuel Zamudio Rodríguez, Instituto Tecnológico de León, Mexico
Latin America Co-Chair – Marina Vicario Solórzano, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico
South America Co-Chair – Andreas Pester, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria
South America Co-Chair – Roger Tavares, UFRN, Brazil
South America Co-Chair – Eliane Schlemmer, UNISINOS, Brazil
South America Co-Chair – Luís Carlos Petry, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil
Asia Pacific Co-Chair – Henry Been-Lirn Duh, University of Tasmania, Australia
Asia Pacific Co-Chair – Erik Champion, Curtin University, Australia
Europe Co-Chair – Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Europe Co-Chair – Fotis Liarokapis, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Middle East Co-Chair – Mohammad Al-Smadi, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
Middle East Co-Chair – Samir Elseoud, American University, Egypt
Africa Chair – Mathy Vanbuel, Audiovisual Technologies, Informatics & Telecommunications, Belgium

About iLRN
The vision of the immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) is to develop a comprehensive research and outreach agenda that encompasses the breadth and scope of learning potentialities, affordances and challenges of immersive learning environments. To achieve this, the iLRN mission is to invite and organize scientists, practitioners, organizations, and innovators across the disciplines to explore, describe, and apply the optimal use of immersive worlds and environments for educational purposes. Further the conference, meetings, and virtual symposia aim to build capacity to explain and demonstrate how these immersive learning environments best work using a variety of rigorous, systematic, and meaningful research methods and outreach strategies.

To join the Immersive Learning Research Network or find out more about events and other initiatives, visit

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