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Immersive Education 2013 (iED 2013)

World's leading immersive learning experts & practitioners convene June 03-06 in Boston


BOSTON, MA - February 26, 2013 - The Immersive Education Initiative today announced that early registration for Immersive Education 2013 (iED 2013) is now open through April 1st, at which point the early registration discount expires and standard registration fees apply.

Building on the success of the previous seven years of Immersive Education conferences, the world's leading experts in immersion convene in Boston this June for the special four-day event. iED 2013 features 3 tracks (Practitioner, Research and Business tracks) over 3 full days, and one additional day dedicated to hands-on workshops.

iED 2013 is open to the global academic and business communities and experts in immersion, simulation, learning games, virtual reality, augmented/mixed reality, robotics and 3D printing.

Seats may be reserved through the official website at  Due to popularity and space considerations there is a strict limit of 5 seats per organization. Registration will automatically close when the available seats have been reserved.

Immersive Education : iED 2013 BostonSpeakers and presenters may submit abstracts and proposals through the iED 2013 website. March 1st is the abstract deadline for papers, March 15th is the abstract deadline for general sessions, and April 15th is the abstract deadline for outliers.

Boston College will host iED 2013 from June 03-06 through the Woods College of Advancing Studies.

iED Summits provide attendees with an in-depth overview of immersive learning and training technologies, platforms, best practices and techniques.

Speakers at iED Summits have included faculty, researchers, and administrators from Boston College, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT and MIT Media Lab), The Smithsonian,  United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Federation of American Scientists (FAS),  U.S. Department of Education (ED), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Stanford University, Cornell University, Amherst College, Duke University, Oracle Corporation, Turner Broadcasting,  Keio University (Japan), National University of Singapore (NUS), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), University of Oulu (Finland), Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD; France), Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel), Graz University of Technology (Austria), University of Essex (UK), University of Vienna (Austria), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS; Brazil) and many more world-class organizations.

iED 2013 Topics of Interest

iED Summits are official Immersive Education Initiative conferences organized specifically for educators, researchers, administrators and business leaders. iED Summits consist of presentations, panel discussions, break-out sessions, workshops and demonstrations that provide attendees with an in-depth overview of immersive learning and training platforms, technologies and cutting-edge research from around the world. iED Summits feature new and emerging virtual worlds, virtual reality, learning games, simulations, and related teaching and training tools, techniques, technologies, standards and best practices.

The world's leading experts in virtual worlds, learning games, simulations, and virtual reality convene June 03-06 in Boston, USA, for the 8th Immersive Education Summit.

Topics of interest for iED 2013 include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Learning Games, Serious Games and Game-based Teaching and Training
  • Game-based Learning and Training Technologies/Systems (e.g., PC, Mac, XBox, Playstation, Nintendo, iPad, etc.)
  • Full-body immersion (e.g., caves, domes, natural interfaces, XBox 360 Kinect, etc.)
  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Mixed Reality (MR)
  • Head-mounted Displays (HMDs)
  • Haptics, Natural Interfaces and Touch Interfaces (e.g., iPad, iPhone, Tablets, Android devices, etc.)
  • Mobile teaching and training apps (e.g., iPad, iPhone, Tablets, Android devices, etc.)
  • Robotics
  • 3D Printing, Design & Rapid Prototyping (e.g., MakerBot, Shapeways, Materialise, Sculpteo, etc.)
  • Computational Thinking and Learning Systems (e.g., Scratch, Alice, Greenfoot, etc)
  • Stealth Learning
  • Virtual Worlds
  • Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Simulation
  • Psychologically Beneficial Immersive Environments as defined by iED PIE.TWG
  • Business in the Age of Immersive Education
  • Pedagogy in the Age of Immersive Education
  • Research in the Age of Immersive Education
  • Assessment in the Age of Immersive Education

Abstract Deadlines

March 1st is the abstract deadline for papers, March 15th is the abstract deadline for general sessions, and April 15th is the abstract deadline for outliers. Deadlines and submission details are available on the official iED Summit website at


Thousands of Members Worldwide

The Immersive Education Initiative is a non-profit international collaboration of universities, colleges, research institutes, consortia and companies that are working together to define and develop open standards, best practices, platforms, and communities of support for virtual reality and game-based learning and training systems. Thousands of faculty, teachers, researchers, staff, administrators and students are members of the Immersive Education Initiative.


About Immersive Education
Immersive Education ( combines interactive 3D graphics, commercial game and simulation technology, virtual reality, voice chat (Voice over IP/VoIP), Web cameras (webcams) and rich digital media with collaborative online course environments and classrooms. Immersive Education gives participants a sense of "being there" even when attending a class or training session in person isn't possible, practical, or desirable, which in turn provides educators and students with the ability to connect and communicate in a way that greatly enhances the learning experience. Unlike traditional computer-based learning systems, Immersive Education is designed to immerse and engage students in the same way that today's best video games grab and keep the attention of players. Immersive Education supports self-directed learning as well as collaborative group-based learning environments that can be delivered over the Internet or using fixed-media such as CD-ROM and DVD. Shorter mini-games and interactive lessons can be injected into larger bodies of course material to further heighten and enrich the Immersive Education experience.

Immersive learning and immersive teaching ("Immersive Education") are enabled by the Media Grid.

About the Media Grid
The Media Grid is a public utility for digital media. Based on new and emerging distributed computational grid technologies, the Media Grid builds upon existing Internet and Web standards to create a unique network optimized for digital media delivery, storage, and processing. As an on-demand public computing utility, a range of software programs and Web sites can use the Media Grid for delivery and storage of rich media content, media processing, and computing power. The Media Grid is an open and extensible platform that enables a wide range of applications not possible with the traditional Internet alone, including: Massive Media on Demand (MMoD); Interactive digital cinema on demand; Immersive Education (immersive teaching and immersive learning); Truly immersive multiplayer games and Virtual Reality (VR); Hollywood movie and film rendering, special effects, and composition; Real-time rendering of high resolution graphics; Real-time visualization of complex weather patterns; Real-time protein modeling and drug design; Telepresence, telemedicine, and telesurgery; Vehicle and aircraft design and simulation; Visualization of scientific and medical data.

The Grid Institute leads the design and development of the global Media Grid through the open standards organization in collaboration with industry, academia, and governments from around the world.

To learn more about the Media Grid, Immersive Education or the Education Grid visit:, and