Last updated May 23, 2018

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 feature AR prominently 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. All in this list are known to be currently active.

This is an updated post from 2014. There are now over 30 conferences listed here in alphabetical order. I will continue to update this information periodically by updating dates and links, adding new events, and removing the defunct and those that may no longer have a significant AR focus. If you have information about other conferences I may have missed please tell me about them in the comments. I thank  all conference listees to kindly link back to this site.


 

ARVA Symposium (Augmented Reality Visualization and Art)

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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 four 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 11-14, 2017 in London
  • Next Scheduled: July 10-13, 2018 in Salerno, Italy

 

ARVR Innovate

This conference has a focus on networking, the commercial side of AR, and lots of hands-on opportunities to try Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Wearables technologies. It will appeal to Product Managers, Brand Managers, Category Managers. Digital Specialists, App Developers, IT Consultants, IT Project Managers, Architect Practices, Government Planning Agencies, App Developers, Software Companies, Graphic Designers, Business Owners, CMOs, Marketing Directors, Heads of Marketing, Marketing Managers as well as agency employees in Advertising, Digital, PR and Marketing.

  • First Held: 2014
  • Last Held: May 10, 2018 in Dublin
  • Next Scheduled: TBD

 

Augmented Human International Conference

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Focuses on scientific contributions towards augmenting humans capabilities through technology for increased well-being and enjoyable human experience. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Brain-Computer Interfaces, Muscle Interfaces and Implanted Interfaces; Wearable Computing and Ubiquitous Computing; Augmented and Mixed Reality; Augmented Fashion, Art and Tourism; Human Augmentation, Sensory Substitution and Fusion; Hardware and Sensors for Augmented Human Technologies; Safety, Ethics, Trust, Privacy and Security Aspects of Augmented Humanity.

  • First Held: 2010
  • Last Held: March 16-18, 2017 in Seoul
  • Next Scheduled: March 11-12, 2019 at University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne

 

Augmented Reality & VR Show Conference

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Co-located with the wearable technology show, it is one of Europe’s biggest events for augmented reality, VR and smartglasses as well as the latest apps and software. The program gives delegates a unique opportunity to get inside AR and VR, view the latest product demonstrations and network with the industry. Features keynotes by industry luminaries, classes and tutorials, product and start-up demos, as well as detailed real life use cases from businesses both large and small. This is for anyone working in or around augmented or virtual reality, including designers, developers, senior executives, futurists, manufacturers, analysts, investors, and press.

  • First Held: 2013(?)
  • Last Held: March 13-14, 2018 in London
  • Next Scheduled: TBA

 

Augmented World Expo (AWE)

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Showcases 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 is the largest exposition to bring together technologies for augmented humans in an augmented world. Organized by Augmented Reality.ORG which is a global non-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing augmented reality.

  • First Held: at least 2011
  • Last Held: June 1-2, 2017 in Santa Clara, CA
  • Next Scheduled: May 30 – June 1, 2018 in Santa Clara, CA

 

CES (Consumer Electronics Show)

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At the Augmented Reality Marketplace, discover where digital information and the real world connect to create a unique and all-inclusive experience. Through specially designed hardware and software full of cameras, sensors, algorithms and more, your perception of reality can be instantly altered in context with your environment: sports scores on TV during a match, path of trajectory overlaid on an image, gaming, construction plans and more. See the exhibitors disrupting today’s world through this superimposed technology.

  • First Held: 1967
  • Last Held: January 2018 in Las Vegas
  • Next Scheduled: January 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas

 

Electronic Imaging

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Put on by The Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T), the event will feature 20 technical conferences covering all aspects of electronic imaging—from image sensing to display and hardcopy to machine vision in use in transportation systems. Topics include augmented and virtual reality displays and processing; computational and digital photography; human vision, color, perception, and cognition; image and video processing; image and video communication via the web; mobile imaging; imaging sensors; image quality; media security and forensics; and machine vision and machine learning.

  • First Held: 1989
  • Last Held: January 2018 in Burlingame, CA
  • Next Scheduled: January 13 – 17, 2019 in Burlingame, CA

 

EuroVR Web3D Conference

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The focus is 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 and an opportunity to create collaboration among technicians and users, developers and industrials, knowledge and technology suppliers. Besides papers on new results, there will be industry-oriented presentations (automotive, medical, aeronautic, space, etc.) creating a unique opportunity to see, discuss, and share the latest innovations and developments.

  • First Held: 2004
  • Last Held: June 2017 in Brisbane
  • Next Scheduled: June 20-22, 2018 in Poznań, Poland

 


 

Grapp (International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications)

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 13th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications. Registration to GRAPP allows free access to all other VISIGRAPP conferences.

  • First Held: 2006
  • Last Held: January 2018 in Funchal, Madeira – Portugal
  • Next Scheduled: February 25-27, 2019 in Prague 

 

HCI International (Conference on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality at International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction)

International Conference on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality  is part of this international forum for the dissemination and exchange of up-to-date scientific information on theoretical, generic and applied areas of Human Computer Interface.  The VAMR conference will be centered around the following topics: Applications, Interaction and Navigation, Issues in Development and Use, and Underlying and Supporting Technologies. Co-located with 13 other related conferences.

  • First Held: 2009 (VAMR); 1998 (HCI)
  • Last Held: July 2017 in Vancouver
  • Next Scheduled: July 15-20, 2018 in Las Vegas

 

ICVAR (International Conference on Virtual and Augmented Reality)

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Aim 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: 1999
  • Last Held: January 2018 in Paris
  • Next Scheduled: September 13-14, 2018 in Osaka

 

Immersed

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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 2016 in Toronto
  • Next Scheduled: November 8-9, 2018 in Toronto

 


 

International Investment Forum in Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality (Swiss Society of Virtual and Augmented Reality)

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Gather the best of VR/AR/MR startups or enterprises and the most serious investors. Meet great startups and established companies. Find high-growth investment opportunities. Get the latest insights into the AR, VR & MR market, so that you can invest with confidence in the most promising businesses. Diversify your technology portfolio. Network with experts, startups and fellow investors to discover new opportunities.

  • First Held: 2017
  • Last Held: April 20, 2017 in Zürich
  • Next Scheduled: TBA

 

 

ISMAR (IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality)

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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: October 2017 in Nantes, France
  • Next Scheduled: October 16-20, 2018 in Munich

 

ISWC (International Symposium on Wearable Computers)

The 21st International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) is the premier event for wearable computing and technology, and issues related to on-body and worn mobile technologies. ISWC brings together researchers, product vendors, fashion designers, textile manufacturers, users, and related professionals to share information and advances in wearable computing. ISWC is collocated with the ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp’17).

  • First Held: 1997
  • Last Held: September 11-15, 2017 in Maui, Hawaii
  • Next Scheduled: October 8-12, 2018 in Singapore

 

 

MMSYS (Multimedia Systems Conference)

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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: June 20-23, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Next Scheduled: June 12-15, 2018 in Amsterdam

 

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 2018 in Barcelona
  • Next Scheduled: February 25-28, 2019 in Barcelona

 

NexTech

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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. UBICOMM is one of the 8 conferences in the NexTech cluster and focuses on Mobile Ubiquitous Computing, Systems, Services and Technologies.

  • First Held: 2005
  • Last Held: November 12 – 16, 2017 in Barcelona
  • Next Scheduled: November 18-22, 2018 in Athens, Greece

 


 

Realities360

 

Realities360 is a hands-on conference unlike anything you’ve seen before. In order to understand what AR, VR, and other alternate-reality technologies can do for learning, you need to experience them for yourself. Realities360 is specifically designed to allow you to immerse yourself in these technologies, and to engage in conversations that enable you to put those experiences into the context of the work you do in training and development. Realities360 is about more than just exploring the future: It’s about bringing people together to help create it.

  • First Held: 2017
  • Last Held: July 2017 in San Jose, CA
  • Next Scheduled: June 26-28, 2018 in San Jose, CA

 

 


 

SALENTO AVR (International Conference on Augmented and Virtual Reality)

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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:  June 2017 in Ugento (Lecce), Italy
  • Next Scheduled: June 24-27, 2018 in Otranto (Leece), Italy

 

SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques)

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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: July 2017 in Los Angeles
  • Next Scheduled: August 12-16, 2018 in Vancouver 

 

SXSW (South by Southwest)

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Concurrent with the SXSW Gaming Expo is the addition of the first-ever VR/AR Track to the schedule of events. A two-day series of panels and presentations will cover everything you need to know about what is projected to be one of the most important technologies for the next decade. This all-new VR/AR Track is part of the Convergence program at SXSW 2016.

  • First Held: SXSW began in 1987, 2016 is first year for VR/AR Track
  • Last Held: March 2018 in Austin
  • Next Scheduled: TBA

 


 

VR & AR World at TechXLR8 (part of London Tech Week)

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TechXLR8 is a festival of technology taking you on a journey, between networks, tech and consumer services. TechXLR8, London Tech Week’s Expo will bring together the converging tech industries by showcasing 8 leading technology events. Experience a show like no other with 1 shared exhibition, 1 headline keynote stage, 20 tracks of content, 8 tech demozones, 40+ hours of networking, an awards ceremony and more. TechXLR8 is set to welcome 15,000+ attendees with 48% director level or above from over 8,000 companies from 125 countries!

  • First Held: (new)
  • Last Held: June 13-15, 2017 in London
  • Next Scheduled: June 12-14, 2018 in London

 

 

The Virtual and Augmented Reality Summit (at Digital Hollywood)

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A series of panel discussions, talks and workshops organized by Victor Harwood, a leading authority on the convergence of the entertainment and technology industries. Digital Hollywood is among the leading trade conferences in its field with over 15,000 top executives in the film, television, music, home video, cable, telecommunications and computer industries attending the various events each year.

  • First Held: Digital Hollywood began in 1994, 2015 was first year of VARS
  • Last Held: May 23 – 25, 2017 in Los Angeles
  • Next Scheduled: May 22-24, 2018 in Los Angeles

 

Vision Summit

 

Vision VR/AR Summit is an all-new cross industry event for artists, engineers, programmers, designers, musicians, directors and producers, hardware manufacturers and researchers. It will be a unique event focused on furthering the knowledge base of anyone developing virtual and/or augmented reality content. Sessions will cover a broad range of topics, such as conceptual and practical design, technology deep dives, interface design, implementation and creation of full immersion through presence. Participants will have a chance to get experts advice from hardware vendors.

  • First Held: 2016
  • Last Held: May 2017 in Hollywood
  • Next Scheduled: TBA

 

VR & AR World

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VR & AR World is the principal annual meeting place in Europe for the enterprise-focused VR & AR community, now in its second year. Featuring cutting-edge keynote presentations, demos and debates from a wide range of leading industry speakers, the award-winning VR & AR World show unites the entire VR and AR ecosystem to meet, network and do business under one roof. In 2017, VR & AR World is also part of TechXLR8, London Tech Week’s flagship show. So you can also take advantage of enhanced business opportunities, meeting and networking with 15,000 professionals at the forefront of technological advancement across IoT, 5G, DevOps, Cloud, Apps, Connected Cars, AI and Robotics.

  • 2016
  • Last Held: June 2017 in London
  • Next Scheduled: June 12-14, 2018 in London

 


 

 

VRIC

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Laval Virtual is one of the most important events in Europe about innovations and new technologies. Virtual reality and augmented reality are the core of the show. With more than 150 exhibitors and 40 countries represented, Laval Virtual is essential for professionals, students, tech enthusiasts and curious novices. Laval Virtual offers a professional forum, a startup area, round tables, scientific conferences, awards, an investment forum, student competitions and the last two days are open for the general public.

  • First Held: 1999
  • Last Held: March 2017 in Laval, France
  • Next Scheduled: November 8-10, 2018 in Qingdao, China

 


 

 

Web3D

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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: April 2017 in Perth
  • Next Scheduled: June 20-22, 2018 in Poznań, Poland

 


 

XRDC

XRDC is the premier conference for augmented, virtual, and mixed reality innovators, focusing on use cases for immersive experiences across industries including games, entertainment, healthcare, education, training, industrial design, brand experience, and more. Join business and technology leaders focused on strategy and innovation, AR/VR/MR producers, technical artists, designers, software engineers, product and UX specialists

  • First Held: 2016
  • Last Held: September 2017 in San Francisco
  • Next Scheduled: October 29-30, 2018 in San Francisco 

 

4 Thoughts on “AR Conferences and Symposiums

  1. Ron Padzensky on December 21, 2015 at 12:35 pm said:

    Good catch and thanks for the tip. I have fixed this.

  2. Ron Padzensky on March 6, 2016 at 8:29 pm said:

    Thanks Alex. I have updated the site accordingly. Thanks for the information. Be sure to keep me abreast of future updates.

  3. Ron Padzensky on July 17, 2016 at 1:27 pm said:

    The Gigaom conference has been added to the post! Be sure to update me on future event info.

  4. Ron Padzensky on July 17, 2016 at 1:36 pm said:

    Patrick-
    Thanks for your suggestion. In my latest update I considered changing the order to be chronological but did not know what to do with the conferences that have not yet announced their dates for the next year. For now I will be leaving it in alphabetical order.

    Ron

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