(Updated 2/5/2015)

Conferences provide the opportunity to assemble like-minded people together to share and disseminate knowledge and ideas. They provide a place for people to meet face to face and learn about what each other are doing and thinking through formal presentation and informal dialog. They serve as a catalyst for ideas to recombinate and minds to meld and often result in the advancement of research or commercialization.

There are a number of conferences around the world that are focused on different aspects of Augmented Reality. The number of events and their far flung locations point to the fact that AR is truly a global phenomenon. Some of these are commercially oriented, some are scientific while others are focused on the social aspects of the technology. I have listed conferences that are either centered on augmented reality or prominently feature AR in their program. In my research I found that there are many other conferences that are adding sessions and topics on augmented reality in order to introduce their audiences to the future of what’s to come within the context of their respective industries and disciplines. These conferences where AR is a merely tangential topic are not listed here. Also not listed are the meetings of standards groups. All in this list are known to be currently or recently active.

There are over 30 conferences listed here listed in alphabetical order. I will attempt to update this information periodically. If you have information about other conferences I may have missed please add them in the comments.

The App Summit (Formerly Mobile AR)

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The App Summit is the world’s longest running apps event. Currently focused on mobile payments, wearables, connected car and future of apps. Targeted to Developers & Designers, Small & Medium Sized Businesses (SMB’s), Large Enterprises, IT Architects,  Line of Business Professionals, CIO’s CTO’s, Brands, Retailers, Hospitality, Tourism, Healthcare, Real Estate, Mobile Operators, Internet/Mobile Marketers, Government, Financial Institutions, Advertising Agencies, OEM’s, Billing and Payment Companies, Brand Managers, Consultants and any Business and Organization who wants to connect and engage with customers.

  • First Held: 2007
  • Last Held: 2014
  • Next Scheduled: February 4-5, 2015 in Orlando, FL

AR Marketing Conference

Created by ARMarketing.org and industry leaders, this one day educational conference is designed to prepare creatives, agencies, publishers and brands for the impending launch of Google Glass, connected wearables, and new AR platforms that will pay massive dividends to those prepared to capitalize instead of just react.

  • First Held: Unknown
  • Last Held: April 2014
  • Next Scheduled: April 29, 2015 in Dublin

AR Summit

The aim is to bring together the AR community to debate the hot topics with an agenda looking into how brands are adopting AR as a marketing tool, the latest tips & tricks, technologies & platforms, successful AR strategies plus a look to the future. The conference will include a number of interactive formats enabling delegates not only to learn from keynote presentations from industry leaders, but also to hear key speakers being interviewed, participate in open debates & highly interactive panel discussions.  The format is designed to increase collaborative learning among delegates.

  • First Held: 2011
  • Last Held: June 2013 – London
  • Next Scheduled: Unknown

ARVA Symposium (Augmented Reality Visualization and Art)
The ARVA Symposium is part of the Information Visualisation International Conference which aims to focus on the interdisciplinary methods and affiliated research done among various science disciplines, medicine, engineering, media and commerce. This three day event will focus on the research and developments conjured to meet the roaring demand of today’s “Information Transfer” through the medium of computing, accentuating on the linkage that shapes academia and industry with the goal of stimulating views and providing a forum where researchers and practitioners can discuss the latest developments linked to Information Visualisation.

  • First Held: 2012 – ARVA (1996 – IVIC)
  • Last Held: July 2014
  • Next Scheduled: July 21-24, 2015 in Barcelona

Augmented Human
Focusing on augmenting human capabilities through technology for increased well-being and enjoyable human experience. Topics covered include: Wearable & Ubiquitous Computing; Bionics, Biomechanics, and Exoskeletons; Sensors and Hardware; Smart Artifacts and Smart Textiles; Augmented Sport, Health, & Well-being, Training/Rehabilitation Technology; Augmented and Mixed Reality, Tourism and Games and Context-Awareness; Augmented Fashion and Art; Trust, Privacy, and Security of Augmented Human Technology.

  • First Held: 2010
  • Last Held: March 2013 – Stuttgart, Germany
  • Next Scheduled: Unknown

Augmented Planet
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Augmented Planet is the UK’s largest augmented reality conference. Taking place over 2 days, the conference provides a unique insight into the development, opportunities and benefits of augmented reality. This conference brings together industry advocates, technology providers and brands looking to learn more about the future of augmented reality.

  • First Held: 2008
  • Last Held: November 2014 – London
  • Next Scheduled: Unknown

Augmented World Expo (AWE)
Showcase the best in augmented experiences covering all aspects of life: health, education, emergency response, art, media and entertainment, retail, manufacturing, brand engagement, travel, automotive, urban design, and more. It will be the largest exposition to bring together technologies for augmented humans in an augmented world. Organized by Augmented Reality.ORG is a global non-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing augmented reality.

  • First Held: 2011(?)
  • Last Held: May 2014
  • Next Scheduled: June 8-10, 2015 in Santa Clara, CA

Converging Media Conference
Converging Media is the flow of content across many platforms, the cooperation between multiple media industries, the IT- and Telecom industry, and the migratory behavior of media audiences. It includes the social behavior of consumers, as well as how businesses use various media platforms to create new experiences, new forms of media, and content in ways that have not been as easily accessible in the past. The Converging Media Conference will cover these issues from different angles and will merge knowledge, business, technology, services, creativity, required skills and social issues. Cases from existing companies and startups will be presented, including the organisational, technical, legal and investment aspects.

  • First Held: 2007
  • Last Held: September 2014
  • Next Scheduled: March 24, 2015 in Amsterdam

DICE Summit / DICE Europe (Design Innovate Communicate Entertain)
The mission of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is to promote and advance the worldwide interactive entertainment community; recognize outstanding achievements in the interactive arts and sciences; and host an annual awards show, the D.I.C.E. Awards, to enhance awareness of the interactive art form. Other special programs and initiatives led by the AIAS also include the prestigious D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit, bringing together the top video game designers and developers from around the world and business leaders from all major publishers to discuss the state of the industry, its trends and the future.

  • First Held: 2001 (DICE Europe 2013)
  • Last Held: February 2014 (DICE Europe: September 2014)
  • Next Scheduled: February 3-5, 2015 in Las Vegas (DICE Europe: Unknown)

Follows up on the previous issues of the Joint Virtual Reality Conferences (JVRC) 2009 through 2013. The focus of EuroVR will be on novel VR and AR technologies, including software systems, display technology, interaction devices, and applications. EuroVR is not only a conference for presenting and publishing applied research, but also a platform for exchange between researchers, technology providers, and end users around commercial or research applications. Besides papers on novel results, industry-oriented presentations (automotive, medical, etc.) create a unique opportunity to see, discuss, and share the latest innovations and developments. EuroVR gives also a unique opportunity for vendors and laboratories to exhibit their latest innovations and demos in the exhibition area.

  • First Held: 2013
  • Last Held: December 2014
  • Next Scheduled: Unknown

GLAZED is about combining the future of innovation, growth and entrepreneurship. It is a curated environment that brings together technology pioneers, founders, executives, influencers and investors. Speakers, moderators and attendees are passionate about identifying the entry points of this new market and jumping ahead of the game to be the dominant players in this new space. Organized by Stained Glass Labs to help the Wearable Platform ecosystem generate billion-dollar companies.

  • First Held: 2013
  • Last Held: October 2014 – London
  • Next Scheduled: Unknown

Global AR Summit
Co-located with Wearable and Flexible Technology World (WFTW), this event aims to bring together major companies in the supply chain and platform development to discuss current challenges, various applications and the trends of the next decade.

  • First Held: 2013
  • Last Held: May 2014
  • Next Scheduled: Unknown

The International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications aims at becoming a major point of contact between researchers, engineers and practitioners in Computer Graphics. The conference will be structured along five main tracks, covering different aspects related to Computer Graphics, from Modelling to Rendering, including Animation, Interactive Environments and Social Agents In Computer Graphics. GRAPP is part of VISIGRAPP, the International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications.

  • First Held: 2006
  • Last Held: January 2014
  • Next Scheduled: March 11-14, 2015 in Berlin

HCI International (International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction)
International forum for the dissemination and exchange of up-to-date scientific information on theoretical, generic and applied areas of Human Computer Interface, through the following modes of communication: Plenary / Keynote Presentation, Parallel Sessions, Poster Sessions, Tutorials and Exhibition. Co-located with 13 other related conferences.

  • First Held: 1998
  • Last Held: June 2014
  • Next Scheduled: August 2-7, 2015 in Los Angeles

HyperRealitIE ’14
This Workshop on Hyperrealistic Intelligent Environments focuses on innovation ideas for future ‘Next Generation’ Intelligent Environments, where virtual applications and data will allow users to further integrate themselves within augmented physical spaces. By exploring this area we aim to encourage further research and advances in Intelligent Environments by bringing together researchers and industry.

  • First Held: ?
  • Last Held: June 2014
  • Next Scheduled: Unknown

ICMUM (The International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia)
ICMUM aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia.

  • First Held: 2002
  • Last Held: November 2014
  • Next Scheduled: January 8-9, 2015 in Singapore

ICVAR (International Conference on Virtual and Augmented Reality)
Aims is to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Virtual and Augmented Reality. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Virtual and Augmented Reality.

  • First Held: Unknown
  • Last Held: June 2014
  • Next Scheduled: January 8-9, 2015 in Singapore

IEEE Virtual Reality
Bills self as “The premiere international conference and exhibition on virtual reality” and promises the brightest minds, the most innovative research, the leading labs and companies, and the most stimulating discussions in the fields of virtual environments, augmented reality, 3D user interfaces, all gathered in one place. Researchers, end-users, industrials, can participate in a number of ways, including submitting papers, posters, lab/projects presentations, industrial presentations, research demos, workshops, tutorials, panels, videos, or exhibiting products. Co-located with IEEE 3DUI 2015.

  • First Held: 1993 (as Virtual Reality Annual International Symposium)
  • Last Held: March 2014
  • Next Scheduled: March 23-27, 2015 in Arles

Immersed is about giving content makers, technology innovators, and professionals the tools and resources they need to build their businesses and excel in their career. These tools and resources include development expertise, media exposure, access to the investment community, and public excitement for the vibrant immersive future we are headed towards. Immersed is designed to meet these critical needs with the vision and ability to make this industry happen. Areas of interest include virtual reality, augmented reality, stereoscopic 3D, gesture technology and more.

  • First Held: 2014
  • Last Held: October, 2014
  • Next Scheduled: October 4-6, 2015 Toronto


Business and technology professionals come from all over the world to see the newest industrial installations, the latest mobile app developments, wearable computing prototypes, and futuristic projects straight from the R&D labs of Metaio and its international network of partners. Covers the current developments in the various application fields for Augmented Reality. Keynotes from leaders and visionaries in the field of AR, relating to the current status and future of the vision, technology and business opportunities available.  Focuses on technology and new, exciting ways to implement Augmented Reality into visual communication processes using the Metaio software platform. 2015 includes events in San Francisco in addition to Tokyo, Beijing in addition to Munich.

  • First Held: 2006
  • Last Held: October 2014
  • Next Scheduled: May 20-21, 2015 San Francisco; July 2015 Tokyo; September 2015 Beijing; October 2015 Munich

ISMAR (IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality)
Staged by IEEE Computer Society and by Visualization & Graphics Technical Committee (VGTC). The premier international conference on research into the science, technology, applications, and uses of Mixed and Augmented Reality. Conference showcases the diversity and quality of work in Mixed and Augmented Reality, with a top-quality collection of workshops, tutorials, panels, papers, posters, and late breaking results in both the Science and Technology and Art, Media and Humanities programs.

  • First Held: 1998
  • Last Held: September 2014
  • Next Scheduled: September 29 – October 3, 2015 in Fukuoka, Japan

ISWC (International Symposium on Wearable Computers)
ISWC is a conference dedicated to cutting-edge research in wearable technologies, and is the premier forum for wearable computing and issues related to on-body and worn mobile technologies. Every year, ISWC brings together researchers, product vendors, fashion designers, textile manufacturers, users, and related professionals to share information and advances in wearable computing. Co-located with UbiComp (International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing)

  • First Held: October 1997 – Boston, MA
  • Last Held: September 2014
  • Next Scheduled: September 7-11, 2015 in Osaka

ISTAS (International Symposium on Technology and Society)
An annual international forum sponsored by the IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). Presenters and panelists address the implications of living in smartworlds – smart grids, smart infrastructure, smart homes, smart cars, smart fridges…smart people. ISTAS will brings together participants sharing research, projects, and ideas about people living in smart environments with vision-based technologies.  The event is a lineup of leaders from various fields of research coming together in a transdisciplinary manner. It is targeted to engineers, designers, scientists, artists, researchers in the social sciences, law and humanities, decision makers, entrepreneurs, inventors, commercializers, etc., as well as polymaths, and anyone who is a Designer, Artist, Sustainist, Scientist, Technologist, Engineer, and Mathematician.

  • First Held: 1989
  • Last Held: June 2013
  • Next Scheduled: Unknown

Laval Virtual

International conference and exhibition of virtual technologies and uses. Innovation and New Technologies are essential success factors in every business sector in terms of development and growth. Since 1999, Laval Virtual has been the reference event of this evolution and the European leader in the New Technologies sector and Uses of Virtual Tech in Industry, Medicine, Training, Marketing, etc.  On site, you can see this through the increasing number of professional visitors and represented sectors each year. Each year, the whole VR Community gathers at Laval Virtual.

  • First Held: 1999
  • Last Held: April 2014
  • Next Scheduled: April 8-12, 2015 in Laval, France

MATE (Moscow Application Technology Expo)

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Claims to be Europe’s largest exhibition of mobile applications. This is a B2B platform for representatives of big and medium-sized businesses, top management and government agencies, as well as developers and industry professionals to discuss hot issues of revenue in mobile sphere, introduction of mobile technology in business, define mobile and investment development strategy, improve work efficiency with the help of modern technologies and solutions. Features presentation of new products and achievements in apps development using AR technology.

  • First Held: 2013(?)
  • Last Held: April 2014
  • Next Scheduled: March 12-14, 2015 in Moscow

MMSYS (Multimedia Systems Conference)
The ACM Multimedia Systems conference provides a forum for researchers, engineers, and scientists to present and share their latest research findings in multimedia systems.  This special session on augmented reality is an opportunity to foster dialogue and interaction between the MMSys community and other research communities — in particular, researchers whose work lies in the intersection of mixed and augmented reality and multimedia systems.

  • First Held: 2010
  • Last Held: March 19-21, 2014
  • Next Scheduled: March 18-20, 2015 in Portland, OR

Mobile World Congress
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Highlights the impact of mobile on individuals and businesses – in developed and developing markets – across a range of industries. Provides essential insights on the latest technological developments, market opportunities, next-generation services, and devices which are shaping mobile communications. Thought leaders and industry experts participating in conference sessions addressing the most pressing topics in mobile. Includes a forum session dedicated specifically to augmented reality.

  • First Held: 2009
  • Last Held: February 2014
  • Next Scheduled: March 2-5, 2015 in Barcelona

NexTech is a cluster of technology conferences put on by The International Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA) which is an non-for-profit non-government organization. Their aim is to promote scientific and industrial interchanges between members of existing associations, standardization bodies, and fora, and to establish bridges between different scientific, academic and industrial cultures. The declared goal is to promote research results of young scientists along with those of well-known experts. EMERGING is one of the 7 conferences in the NexTech cluster. EMERGING hosts many topics including Vision and image related trends of which augmented reality is part of the scope.

  • First Held: 2005
  • Last Held: August 2014
  • Next Scheduled: July 19-24, 2015 in Nice, France

REAL is the first ever convergence of the sensing, making and creative industries. A unique gathering to explore Reality Computing as the continuum of reality data, from 3D capture to 3D processing through to AR/VR, 3D printing and fabrication, REAL brings together multiple disciplines doing real work in 3D from across Architecture and Art, Engineering and Entertainment, Manufacturing and Media, Heritage and Health, Sports and Science. REAL combines REAL TALK – an exclusive technology summit – and REAL LIVE – a world’s fair of 3D technology demonstrations.

  • First Held: n/a
  • Last Held: n/a
  • Next Scheduled: February 25 – 26, 2015 in San Francisco

SAE Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) Technologies Symposium
As the technologies for augmented and virtual reality improve and become more cost effective, individuals from the aerospace, automotive, marine, and commercial vehicle industries are learning to use them as enabling technologies for design, production and manufacturing to great effect. In order to create long term value for these technologies within an organization, advocates for AR and VR need to show these are foundational tools that can be used throughout their product’s life cycle.

  • First Held: 2012
  • Last Held: November 2014
  • Next Scheduled: November 2015 in Germany

SALENTO AVR (International Conference on Augmented and Virtual Reality)
Aims to bring a community of researchers from academia and industry, computer scientists, engineers, physicians together in order to share points of views, knowledge, experiences and scientific and technical results, related to state-of-the-art solutions and technologies on virtual and augmented reality applications for medicine, cultural heritage, education, industrial sectors, as well as the demonstration of advanced products and technologies. Presentations and discussions will span topics from virtual environments and augmented reality to 3D user interfaces and the technology needed to enable these environments to a wide range of applications (medical, entertainment, military, design, manufacture, maintenance, arts and cultural heritage).

  • First Held: 2014
  • Last Held: September 2014
  • Next Scheduled: September 2-5, 2015 in Lecce, Italy

SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques)
The SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world. SIGGRAPH is widely recognized as the most prestigious forum for the publication of computer graphics research. In addition to SIGGRAPH’s leading-edge technical program, the conference’s installations provide close-up views of the latest in digital art, emerging technologies, and hands-on opportunities for creative collaboration.

  • First Held: 1974
  • Last Held: August 2014
  • Next Scheduled: August 9-13, 2015 in Los Angeles

WARM (Winter Augmented Reality Meeting)
WARM is an interdisciplinary meeting of experts in AR and related domains. Expect participants from at least 15 different research institutions and companies from all over Europe and beyond.

  • First Held: 2005
  • Last Held: February 2014
  • Next Scheduled: February 4-5, 2015 in Graz Australia

The annual ACM Web3D Conference is a major event which unites researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, experimenters, artists and content creators in a dynamic learning environment. Attendees share and explore methods of using, enhancing and creating new 3D Web and Multimedia technologies such as X3D, VRML, Collada, MPEG family, U3D, Java3D and other technologies related to implementing AR. The conference also focuses on recent trends in interactive 3D graphics, information integration and usability in the wide range of Web3D applications from mobile devices to high-end immersive environments.

  • First Held: 1996(?)
  • Last Held: August 2014
  • Next Scheduled: June 18-21, 2015 in Crete

WInTeSys (Wissenschafts- und Industrieforum Intelligente Technische Systeme)
The Science and Industry Forum Intelligent Engineering Systems combines the two established and successful workshop “Design of Mechatronic Systems” and “Augmented & Virtual Reality in Product Development” and the first meeting together “Industry 4.0 for practice” under one roof. The conference presents new approaches and solutions for intelligent machines and systems from the top cluster it’s OWL and other BMBF projects. The exhibition offers participants a forum for ideas and experiences.

  • First Held: 2011(?)
  • Last Held: April 2013
  • Next Scheduled: April 23-24, 2015 in Paderborn, Germany

6 Thoughts on “12: AR Conferences and Symposiums

  1. Hello,

    Thanks for this list. I think you can add “Laval Virtual” where we speak AR and VR.


  2. Ron Padzensky on December 24, 2014 at 10:03 am said:

    I have added Laval Virtual to the post. Thank you for helping me make my list more comprehensive, Grégory.

  3. REAL is a new industry summit to explore the convergence of the professional sensing to creation industries, from 3D capture to 3D computing and 3D AR/VR and printing. In San Francisco 25-26 February.

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