Call: ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST 2021)

Call for Papers/Posters/Demos

VRST 2021
ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology
Osaka, Japan and online
December 8 – 10, 2021

Paper submission deadline: July 15, 2021
Posters and demos submission deadline: August 15, 2021

The ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST) is the premier international symposium for the presentation of new research results, systems, and techniques among researchers and developers on augmented, virtual and mixed reality (AR/VR/MR, XR for short) software and technology.

VRST brings together the premier international research groups working on XR, along with many of the world’s leading companies that provide or utilize XR systems. VRST 2021 will be held in Osaka, Japan, hosted by Osaka University, from Wednesday, Dec. 8th to Friday, Dec. 10th, 2021. The event is sponsored by ACM SIGCHI and SIGGRAPH.

All sessions will be hosted through an online platform. Some of the sessions will also be held on-site at Osaka University, located in Osaka, Japan. The Osaka area (and nearby regions like Kyoto and Kobe) is quite populous and lively, and there are many places to visit such as historical buildings, lively entertainment areas, and amusement facilities. In addition, the schedule (tentative) is conveniently set up so that the participants can also join the SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 (December 14-17, in Tokyo) in succession.


  • July 15, 2021, 23:59 AoE Papers with all material submission deadline
  • August 15, 2021, 23:59 AoE Posters and demos submission deadline
  • August 31, 2021, Author notification papers, posters, and demos
  • October 1, 2021, Camera-ready papers due
  • December 8 – 10, 2021, Conference in Osaka, Japan + virtual (hybrid)


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • VR/AR/MR(=XR) technology and devices
  • Advanced display technologies and immersive projection technologies
  • Low-latency and high-performance XR
  • Multi-user and distributed XR
  • XR software infrastructures
  • XR authoring systems
  • Human interaction and collaborative techniques for XR
  • Input devices for XR
  • Tracking and sensing
  • Multisensory and multimodal system for XR
  • Brain-computer interfaces
  • Haptics, smell and taste
  • Audio and music processing for XR
  • Sound synthesis for XR
  • Computer vision and computer graphics techniques for XR
  • Immersive simulations in XR
  • Immersive analytics
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Real-time physics-based modeling
  • Real-time rendering
  • Physically based rendering for XR
  • Avatars and virtual humans in XR
  • Tele-operation and telepresence
  • Performance testing & evaluation
  • Locomotion and navigation in virtual environments
  • Perception, presence, virtual embodiment, and cognition
  • Teleoperation and telepresence
  • Computer animation for XR
  • XR applications (e.g. training systems, medical systems, etc.)
  • XR for fabrication
  • Innovative HCI approaches in XR
  • Multi-disciplinary research projects involving innovative use of XR


Please use the ACM SIGCHI Conferences Submission System (PCS) to submit your work:

All accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library in the VRST collection.

Paper Format:

Paper submissions (applied for Full papers and Short Papers) should be anonymous for a double blind review process.  By contrast, Poster and Demo submissions do NOT have to be anonymous, and these submissions will be juried by committee members and receive light feedback (up to a few paragraphs in length). All submissions should be prepared in **a single column format**, using the Word or LaTeX templates from the official ACM Master article template packages and TAPS (see

For convenience, we have listed approximate word counts for the single column format below. See the TAPS website for additional guidance on how content length corresponds to the page limits for the final version.

Submission lengths:

Full research paper: ~6750 words single column (final version: max. 9 pages double column + references)
Short paper: ~3300 words single column (final version: max. 4 pages double column + references)
Poster: ~1200 words single column (final version: max. 2 pages double column + references)
2-column “teaser” figures on the front page are encouraged, but not required for all submissions.

For authors using LaTeX, submit with \documentclass[acmsmall,anonymous,review]{acmart} and then use \documentclass[sigconf]{acmart} for the final version.

Details about the submission procedure can be found on the symposium website:


Paper acceptance is always conditional on at least one author registering for the conference and presenting their work in person.


Program Chairs

  • Parinya Punpongsanon, Osaka University
  • Misha Sra, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Kazuki Takashima, Tohoku University

Poster and Demo Chairs

  • Kazuyuki Fujita, Tohoku University
  • Shigeo Yoshida, The University of Tokyo
  • Tham Piumsomboon, University of Canterbury
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