October 16-20 2023 | Hybrid | Sydney, Australia

Cross-Reality Systems for Real-World Scenarios

The Design Brief

The metaverse is a new construct that links the virtual world with the physical world. Within this development, cross-reality (CR) systems offer different levels of virtuality/physicality to users and enable them to move along the reality-virtuality continuum in a seamless way. Augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) have become the main tools that enable cross-reality interaction. Meanwhile, users in reality without an HMD are also likely to be engaged in secondary tasks and collaborative activities. Hybrid virtual and augmented reality is also a possibility in future cross-reality applications. In this design competition, students are required to study a real-world scenario, and propose interesting design solutions that address at least one of the two aspects:

    • Interaction and collaboration among users in reality and virtuality
    • Transition along the reality-virtuality continuum

Example scenarios include but not limited to:

    • Collaborative work
    • Data visualization and analytics
    • Education and training
    • Healthcare and wellbeing
    • Museums and cultural heritage


All team members must currently be enrolled as university students, including undergraduates, masters and PhD students. Students who have paused their enrollment or who have recently graduated (within one year) are also eligible. Each team can have up to 5 team members and 2 advisors.

Submission Details

    • Online submission: PCS Submission System
    • Template: IEEE Computer Society TVCG format, available here.
    • Submission format:
      • registration of interest should include a 150-word abstract and full details of the team members and advisors
      • submissions must be up to 6 pages long (including references)
      • a 5-minute demonstration video
      • a poster in one standard letter page size
      • proof of all team members’ student status
    • Submissions are not anonymous and should include all author names, affiliations, and contact information.

Evaluation Criteria

All submissions will be reviewed by academics and domain experts, based on the following criteria:

    • Analysis and understanding of the real-world scenario
    • Novelty and quality of the design solutions
    • Quality of the prototype design and demonstration
    • Evaluation of the proposed solutions and prototypes
    • Clarity and completeness of the submission materials
    • Potential scalability and future applications

Please note that illustrations of design ideas are acceptable for the submission. Technical implementations and live demos are expected in the conference presentations.

Important Dates

    • Registration of interest            July 14, 2023
    • Submission deadline                July 28, 2023
    • Notification                                August 14, 2023
    • Presentation at conference     October 16-20, 2023


The review panel will evaluate all submissions and select one Best Design Award and several Honorable Mention Awards. The finalists of the competition will receive a Certificate of Recognition.

Update: Winners will be offered the following prizes.

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