Extended Reality combines physical and virtual environments, and human-machine-interfaces such as wearables. It unfolds in a highly interactive, parallel and multimodal manner. As a rapidly expanding area of Computer Science, research in Extended Reality is characterised by a large degree of interdisciplinarity. The entanglement between the physical world and computer-generated data cuts across and expands far beyond disciplines such as human-computer interaction, machine-to-machine communication, computer graphics, sensor systems, but also humanities and artistic sciences such as sound, visual, culture and design studies.

With our 19th International Conference on Culture and Computer Science – Physical and Virtual Spaces, we want to address the multifaced bridges between physicality and virtuality.

Focus Topics

  • Physical and virtual spaces, especially hybrid spaces
  • Code and materiality
  • Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality, Augmented Virtuality and Virtual Reality systems, applications and technologies
  • Hybrid applications
  • Analogue and digital exhibition design
  • Collections – exploitation, design, exhibition and conveyance
  • Influence of art and culture on future technical developments
  • Interdependence between culture and computer science
  • Human–computer interaction
  • Intuitive usage of media systems
  • Natural user interfaces
  • Simulation
  • Ethics in culture and computer science

These items shall primarily be analysed, demonstrated and discussed through best practice examples for cultural and creative industries.

Further Key Aspects of the Conference

  • Technologies for physical and virtual spaces
  • 3D technologies
  • Digitalisation in the cultural and creative industries
  • Visualisation and interaction technologies
  • Interactive multimedia solutions for museums, theatres, concert halls, exhibitions etc.
  • Collaboration in physical and virtual spaces
  • Digital exhibitions, science centres, museums and galleries
  • Virtual reconstructions
  • Location-based and context-sensitive services in a cultural context
  • Documentation, visualisation and interaction in museums and archives
  • Digital and hybrid storytelling

Extended Abstract Submission

Proposals for oral presentations, short presentations, posters or demonstrations must be submitted in English language by May 20, 2021 June 21, 2021.

The extended abstracts of the contributions (3–4 pages) must contain title, author(s) and the scope of the paper, emphasise on unpublished, novel advances, theories and/or applications, and include a short analysis of results and findings.

A submission implies a willingness to register for and to present at the conference if the paper will be accepted.

Submission Guidelines

Submitted abstracts must adhere to the formatting instructions of the ACM SIGCONF style, which can found on the ACM template page (LaTeX and Microsoft Word).

Microsoft Word users are asked to use the Interim Template. If ACM fonts are missing, required Linux Libertine and Biolinum can be downloaded at the sourgeforge website.

Contributions must be submitted as PDF file via Easychair

Review Process

All submissions will be peer-reviewed (single-blinded) by at least three members of the programme committee.

Final Paper Submission

Camera-ready versions of accepted papers must have at most 6 12 pages of content, including text, figures, appendices, and bibliographic references following two-column ACM SIGCONF style. Due date: July 20, 2021 Aug 16, 2021.

Valid Computing Classification System (CCS) vocabulary can be discovered via, where interactive code generation to XML for LaTeX usage as well as to display text for MS Word usage is available.

For those that are not yet familiar with CSS, we recommend switching to ‘Flat View’ and search for the path Human-centered computing / Human computer interaction (HCI) / Interaction paradigms where subcategories exist that should fit for most of the conference topics, such as Mixed / augmented reality or Virtual reality.


One author of each accepted paper is requested to register for the conference and to present her/his work, in English, at the conference.

This is a requirement for all accepted submissions to be included in the conference proceedings. No-show of scheduled papers will result in excluding them from the conference proceedings.

We are currently planning for a physical conference in Berlin. Due to the current pandemic, our plans may change and require a virtual conference. We will provide updates on August 16, 2021.

The organization committee agreed on online-only conference mode due to the current COVID-19 situation, its restrictions for Int’l participants, and the projections for the next weeks. Authors will receive information about online presentation procedure.


The conference proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library. The official publication date will be the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library.

Note to Authors

By submitting your article, you hereby grant to ACM the following non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide rights:

  • to publish in print on condition of acceptance by the editor
  • to digitize and post your article in the electronic version of this publication
  • to include the article in the ACM Digital Library and any Digital Library related services
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