Call: IEEE VR 2010 Workshop on Software Engineering and Architectures for Realtime Interactive Systems (SEARIS)

March 21, 2010, Waltham, MA, USA

Submission Deadline: February 5, 2010


SEARIS provides a forum for researchers and practitioners working on the design, development, and support of realtime interactive systems (RIS). These systems span from Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR) environments to novel Human-Computer Interaction systems (such as multimodal or multitouch architectures) and entertainment applications in general. Their common principle is a strong user centric orientation which requires real-time processing of input events according to perceptual constraints. Therefore, we encourage researchers and developers of real-time human computer interaction systems of all flavors to share their experiences and learn from each other during this workshop.

Until now, SEARIS was hold twice at the IEEE Virtual Reality Symposium with primary contributions made by the VR, AR, and MR community. In the 2008 workshop edition we were primarily looking at systems and their architectures, whereas SEARIS 2009 was devoted to the main topics abstraction and modeling as well as methodologies. SEARIS 2010 will lay a particular focus on the differences between VR, AR, and MR systems. With the upcoming workshop we want to account the state-of-the-art in software design in this domain, to shape a common understanding, to compare systems and approaches and derive common paradigms, to develop useful and necessary methods and techniques, and to foster new ideas.


We would like to invite researchers and practitioners to submit contributions in any of the following topics:

  • Architectures and basic principles for RIS: data-flow-oriented, object-oriented, component-based, scene graph(s), etc.
  • Abstraction mechanisms in RIS: entity centered design, world descriptions, semantic modeling
  • Reusability/Extensibility for RIS systems: plugins, components, modules, extension points, etc.
  • RIS Programming: class libraries, scripting languages, declarative languages
  • System Issues in RIS: operating systems, platform independence, networking, distribution, etc.
  • Adaptivity: support of configurability, personalization, adaptation
  • Behavior: support and integration of behavioral components (physics, AI, etc.)
  • Implementation and Testing of Realtime Interactive Systems
  • Performance: consideration of evaluation strategies, latency, synchronization, etc.

We are in particular interested in more reflective and even controversial contributions on these issues and related concepts rather than plain system descriptions.


*State of the art reports (6-8 pages)*
looking for surveys on the main results in this field, which will allow us to understand and compare achievements and approaches in tackling RIS issues from the VR/AR/MR/HCI communities.

*Research Papers (6-8 pages)*
looking for novel results in the field in the above mentioned categories related to RIS development.

*Discussion Essays (6-8 pages)*
Looking for arguments about the main topic of this year, i.e. the comparison between VR, AR, and other realtime interactive systems, which will direct the live discussion at the conference.

Papers must be written in English and follow the IEEE Computer Society format found at:

Abstracts, full papers, and camera-ready versions have to be submitted electronically using the conference management tool found at the SEARIS website:


The SEARIS workshop will be a full-day event. Accepted authors for state of the art descriptions and discussion essays will present their ideas in a panel-like format. Accepted contributions for research papers will be organized in at most four sessions. Each session will have paper presentations and a discussion panel. During panels we will encourage the active participation of the audience. We expect this structure to provide a more focused discussions and a lively environment. Presenters will be asked to prepare a slide presentation of their accepted papers. The general audience of this workshop will receive the workshop´s program with a set of questions in advance, which will guide the discussion in each topic´s panel. As in former workshops, contributions will be published in printed proceedings with an ISBN and also made available online. We are planning to have a keynote speaker, which will be announced soon.


  • Abstract Submission: 29th of January 2010
  • Paper Submission: 5th of February 2010
  • Notification of acceptance: 12th of February 2010
  • Camera-ready: 19th of February 2010
  •  Workshop: 21th of March 2010 (please check for updates)


  • Marc Erich Latoschik, Bayreuth University, Germany
  • Dirk Reiners, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA
  • Roland Blach, CC Virtual Environments Fraunhofer IAO Stuttgart, Germany
  • Pablo Figueroa, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
  • Raimund Dachselt, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany

. SEARIS email address (all co-organizers):
. SEARIS web:

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