Call for Special Tracks and Workshops – iLRN Santa Barbara 2016

Call for Special Tracks and Workshops
Immersive Learning Research Network Conference 2016:
iLRN Santa Barbara 2016
June 27th – July 1st, 2016
Santa Barbara, California, USA

iLRN 2016

Join immersive learning experts and practitioners from across the disciplines in sunny California for iLRN 2016! The 2nd 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. Following an outstanding inaugural event in Prague in 2015, this conference will be held on the campus of The University of California – Santa Barbara from June 27th – July 1st, 2016. Organized by Appalachian State University in conjunction with Oregon State University, Graz University of Technology and University of Essex, the theme of this 2nd Annual iLRN conference will be “The Versatilist”, which is also the title of iLRN’s official podcast hosted by iLRN General Chair Patrick O’Shea: found at

Topics of interest in the context of immersive environments for the main conference include:

• Immersive Technologies, Systems and Devices
• Natural and Built Environments as Immersive Learning Spaces
• Cognitive and Pedagogical Analysis
• 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

iLRN 2016 is keen to cover and provide a platform for emerging and community driven topics. Thus the conference will feature a number of co-located Special Tracks and Workshops which are intended to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in immersive environments and education to discuss positions on current and emergent topics.

Special Tracks
Special Tracks are intended to be a forum for quality scientific research, which will be presented in scientific talks. Contributing papers have to undergo a peer review process and will be included in the conference proceedings, depending on the overall quality and track chair’s decision, either as a full paper (10 pages) or as a short paper (6 pages).
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Workshop contributions are intended to cover a variety of aspects (from idea stages to practical experiences) in different presentation forms (such as talks, demonstrations, hands-on demo papers or round-table discussions). Expected contributions can include scientific short papers (6 pages), or are required to be summarized in an abstract (1 page), and have to undergo an appropriate quality control.

Get more information:

• Special Tracks and Workshop Proposals Submission: November 15, 2015
• Acceptance Announcement: December 1, 2015
For submitting proposal, please use the submission system and select the proper track to add your submission.

Review and Publication
All submitted special track and workshop proposals will be reviewed by the Special Track Co-chairs and selected board members following the quality aspects published in the detailed call text. Please refer for the quality aspects to
iLRN conference series is currently under review for publishing in the CCIS Springer series. All full papers following the quality standards (40 % acceptance rate for Special Tracks) will be added in the indexed conference proceedings. The other papers will be added to a non-index proceedings volume assigned by an ISBN and ISSN number and is only online accessible.

Conference Organization
• General Chair: Patrick O’Shea, Appalachian State University, USA
• General Chair: Christian Gütl, Graz University of Technology, Austria
• Vice Chair: Michael Gardner, University of Essex, UK
• Program Co­-Chair: Colin Allison, University of St Andrews, UK
• Program Co­-Chair: Leonel Caseiro Morgado, Universidade Aberta, Portugal
• Special Track Co-­Chair: Ken Hudson, stealth mode startup, Ontario, Canada
• Special Track Co­-Chair: Johanna Pirker, Graz University of Technology, Austria
• Workshops Co-­Chair: Scott Warren, University of North Texas, USA
• Workshops Co­-Chair: Rainer Malaka, University Bremen, Germany
• Publicity & Public Relations: Anasol Peña-­Rios, University of Essex, UK
• Publications Chair: Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas, USA
• Sponsor Chair: Jonathon Richter, Salish Kootenai College, USA
• Local Chair: J​atila Van Der Veen, University of California ­ Santa Barbara, USA
International Chairs
• International – North America Co-Chair: Jennifer B. Elliott, University of North Carolina, USA
• International – South America Co-Chair: Lynn Alves, UFBA, Brazil
• International – South America Co-Chair: Andreas Pester, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria
• International – Asia Pacific Co-Chair: Henry Been-Lirn Duh, University of Tasmania, Australia
• International – Europa Co-Chair: Francesco Gabellone, CNR IBAM Lecce, Italy
• International – Europa Co-Chair: Fotis Liarokapis,Masaryk University, Czech Republic
• International – Middle East Co-Chair: Mohammad Al-Smadi, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
• Internationa l- Middle East Co-Chair: Samir Elseoud, American University, Egypt
• International – Africa Chair: Mathy Vanbuel, Audiovisual Technologies, Informatics & Telecommunications, Belgium

iLRN Advisory Board
• Jon Dorbolo, Oregon State University, USA
• François Garnier, École Nationale Supériore des Arts Décoratifs, France
• Béatrice Hasler, University of Barcelona, Spain
• Pasi Mattila, Center for Internet Excellence, Finland
• Jonathon Richter, Salish Kootenai College, USA
Program Committee (to be expanded)
• Mohammad Al-Smadi, Jordan University of Science and Technology
• Colin Allison, University of St Andrews
• Jannicke Baalsrud, Hauge Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik /University of Bremen
• Panagiotis Bamidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
• Michael Derntl, RWTH Aachen University
• Justin Ehrlich, Western Illinois University
• Kai Erenli, UAS bfi Vienna
• Mikhail Fominykh, Europlan UK Ltd
• Michael Gardner, University of Essex
• Lisa Gjedde, Aalborg Universitet
• Christian Gütl, Graz University of Technology
• Béatrice Hasler, University of Barcelona
• Christothea Herodotou, The Open University
• Margit Höfler, University of Graz
• María Blanca Ibáñez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
• Monique Janneck, Fachhochschule Lübeck
• Bruno Joho, Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts
• Dominic Kao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Ferial Khaddage, Deakin University
• Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University
• Timo Koskela, University of Oulu / CIE
• Milos Kravcik, RWTH Aachen University
• Jochen Kuhn, University of Kaiserslautern
• Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
• Stefanie Lindstaedt, Graz University of Technology & Know-Center
• Daniel Livingstone, Digital Design Studio, Glasgow School of Art
• David Lowe, The University of Sydney
• Markos Mentzelopoulos, University of Westminster
• Alok Mishra Atilim, University, Incek 06836, Ankara – Turkey
• Leonel Morgado, INESC TEC / Universidade Aberta
• Stylianos Mystakidis, University of Patras
• Max North, Southern Polytechnic State University
• Patrick O’Shea, Immersive Learning Research Network
• Abelardo Pardo, The University of Sydney
• Ignazio Passero, Dipartimento di Matematica ed Informatica, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy
• Anasol Peña-Ríos, University of Essex
• Indika Perera, University of Moratuwa
• Johanna Pirker, Graz University of Technology
• Jonathon Richter, University of Oregon
• Demetrios Sampson, University of Piraeus
• Andreas Schmeil, University of Lugano (USI)
• Wolfgang Slany, Institute of Software Technology, Graz University of Technology
• John Venable, Curtin University of Technology
• Scott Warren, University of North Texas
• Annika Wiklund-Engblom, MediaCity, Åbo Akademi University
• Fridolin Wild, The Open University

About iLRN’s Annual International Conference
ILRN’s annual conference provides an intensive face­to­face opportunity for the emerging professional community of immersive learning to collaborate and create the immersive learning future at world­class destinations. ILRN conferences offer knowledge exchange and open discussions in scientific presentation streams, poster sessions and panels. The Hands­-on demonstration stream combines short paper presentations with hands­-on opportunities for attendees. We seek members of the ILRNetwork, itself, to propose pre­conference Workshops and Special Tracks throughout covering emerging topics and trends relevant to the community. Additionally, “Ignite Sessions” further enable participants to present and share their work or interest in a fun and speedy way. The international conference offers a platform to explore and initiate new research development collaborations, and provide research consortiums, new products, and entrepreneurs room to share their work.​

Come and immerse yourself in scholarship, innovation, and fun!