Symposium 2023

October 10 and 11, 2023 (online)

Call for Abstract

Over the past three years, the Symposium intended to promote research by Representation scholars aimed at connecting augmented reality (AR) technology with the discipline of artificial intelligence (AI).
The breadth of interests that emerged during the past Symposiums, coupled with the now usual very rapid development of technologies, tools and devices, now requires a (controlled) expansion of the theoretical content and application areas of the present call of REAACH Symposium, as well as careful monitoring of the disciplines that can be involved, starting with the AI-XR pair. XR, an acronym for extended reality, has emerged in recent years as a concept encompassing AR, VR (virtual reality), and MR (mixed reality), offering new ways of interacting with the real. In this sense, the fields of application open to the worlds of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, architectural, environmental, infrastructural and product design, and education, as a place for advanced training and as a tool for educational enhancement.
REpresentation Advances And CHallenges Symposium intends to explore, through the lens of Representation, the research areas that gravitate around AI-XR, opening up new transdisciplinary thinking.
Authors are asked to submit projects whose experimentation is ongoing at the time of abstract submission and is in an advanced stage of development, which should be adequately documented at the time of presentation at the Symposium.

Topics and Keywords

Considering the above, the REAACH Association Research Board has developed a graph that, in the centrality of AI-XR-related content, creates relationships with research topics that are the subject of the Symposium’s interests.
Authors are asked to respond to this by identifying for their proposal 5 keywords (of which mandatory are at least 1 between AI and XR; at least 1 drawn from those related to AI-XR; 2 or 3 free).


  • 08/06/2023 – Abstract submission deadline
  • 15/07/2023 – Abstract acceptance for oral or video communication
  • 01/09/2023Opening inscriptions (authors, membership, event partecipation)
  • 20/09/2023Fee payment deadline for oral or video presentation (one author x work)
  • 30/09/2023Free online registration deadline (for all participants) and fee payment for REAACH 23 Association membership
  • 10-11/10/2023 – REAACH Symposium online
  • 15/11/2023Invitation to authors to submit an extended paper as directed by the Scientific Committee
  • 15/01/2024 – Deadline for submission of extended paper

Abstract Submission

To submit a paper, authors are asked to send the title, 5 keywords (chosen as explained above), and an abstract in English between 400 and 500 words excluding essential bibliography of up to 5 texts, accompanied by an image by 08/06/2023. Following peer review of the abstract, oral or video presentation proposals will be selected. At least one author per accepted abstract will be required to pay a fee (70 euros)
to present their contribution at the Symposium. Other authors and auditors may attend free of charge. The link for registration for the Symposium will be made public after the acceptance of the abstracts.
At the end of the Symposium, participants who have presented a paper will be asked to write an extended paper in English, which will develop the content presented and which, upon acceptance through peer review, will be published as a book chapter in a volume of the Digital Innovations in Architecture, Engineering and Construction series published by Springer.

Symposium Registration

The registration form allows you entering your personal data with 3 alternative options:

  • (for all) to participate in the REAACH 2023 online event (free of charge)
  • (for all) to pay the fee for REAACH 23 Association membership (20 euro), including Symposium 2023 partecipation, to join the REAACH community
  • (al least one author for presentation) to present in the REAACH 23 symposium (oral & youtube communications) you have to pay 70 euro fee, including the REAACH 23 Association membership and REAACH 23 online partecipation.

Instructions for Authors (Long Oral and Video Presentations, Short Video)

Authors who have received the acceptance e-mail are asked to prepare a presentation according to the attached template:

Language: Slides must be in English. Besides, using English as a spoken language is strongly suggested to facilitate everyone’s understanding.

Exposure time: For long ORAL presentations, the time is 10-12 minutes, while for long VIDEO presentations (you must record your voice with slides presentation), it can be between 8-10 minutes long, not going below 8 minutes.

Long presentation delivery: long ORAL presentations do not have to be delivered. It is the author’s responsibility to check that they work correctly. For long VIDEO presentations, the files (in .mp4 format) with voice must be at most 150 Mb and must be delivered by 02/10/23 to be uploaded on the youtube channel before the event. To upload the long VIDEO, you can use the link below:

Short presentation delivery (DEMO SESSION): In addition (not mandatory) to long ORAL and VIDEO presentation, you can send a short VIDEO (max. 0:30-1:00 minute) demonstrating the experiences you have developed. If the sufficient number of videos is reached, as in previous years, a DEMO SESSION will be organised in which they will be shown on a loop. If you are interested in, we ask to send your short video within 02/10/23, following the next link:

Symposium Organization

The symposium takes place over two days online on a zoom platform. Depending on the number of abstracts and the content covered, they are divided into “oral” and “youtube” presentations. Oral presentations are scheduled over the two days with 10-12 min slots. Youtube presentations are videos created by the authors (same lenght, minimum of 8 minutes) that are uploaded to a dedicated youtube channel and made available before the event. Both types of presentations can be included in the final publication. Finally, the symposium includes a demo session, where 30 sec.- 1 min. application videos can be shared with everyone.

Keynote Speakers

REAACH Symposium 23 is pleased to announce 4 keynotes and 3 talks during the event:

Dr. Alberto Pugnale
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning I University of Melbourne

Dr. Gabriele Mirra
Dept. of Technology and Innovation I SDU CREATE I University of Southern Denmark

Beyond the visuals: future collaboration scenarios between architects and artificial intelligence

The rapid progress made by AI researchers is transforming a niche field of study into one of the most significant innovations of the century. AI image generation tools are already changing how creative practitioners operate – including architects. They also enable design enthusiasts and non-professionals with minimum experience in the field to generate compelling images through simple textual prompts. This talk will discuss the risks of using AI for image generation in architectural design and research and will highlight how AI tools can better support designers in other areas.
Most of the concepts and tools presented will likely require years before being made available to and of simple use for architects. Paraphrasing Nicholas Negroponte – a pioneer in the field – this talk will primarily be composed of extrapolations into the future derived from recent research projects with various AI models and systems. In the next few years, we will be able to respond to several questions raised throughout this talk, including whether can AI assist architects in reviewing design ideas and improving design propositions through an iterative process of human-machine interaction.

Dr. Marina Paolanti
Department of Political Sciences, Communication and International Relations I University of Macerata

Artificial Intelligence in interdisciplinary research domains: case studies and future prospectives

In this speech, the speaker will explore the capabilities of deep learning and generative AI in enhancing human creativity. The talk will explore how these technologies are transforming the way of interactions across diverse communication channels, encompassing online platforms, physical locations, and the digital realm. The speaker will delve into the versatile applications of these technologies, including the analysis of human behavior, dynamic human-environment interactions, tailored content recommendations, predictive resource management, and the identification of emerging trends in digital landscapes. Furthermore, she will examine the inherent challenges and opportunities associated with the integration of AI across domains, including ethical considerations, data privacy concerns, and operational optimizations. By the conclusion of the presentation, the audience will gain a deeper insight into how deep learning and generative AI can facilitate enhanced engagement across various context, putting in evidence the open challenges in this particular field.

Prof. Michele Piana
Department of Mathematics
University of Genua

Artificial Intelligence for space weather prediction

Space weather means the investigation of the time varying physical conditions in the Sun and in the whole heliosphere, with specific focus on the prediction of the impacts of solar flares, coronal mass ejections, solar wind, and solar energetic particles on the geosphere and on the on-Earth technological assets. This talk will review the state-of-the-art concerning the use of Artificial Intelligence for space weather forecasting, pointing out some currently open operational issues and discussing possible interactions between data-driven algorithms and physics-driven theoretical models


Promoting Committee:
Andrea Giordano (University of Padua)
Michele Russo (Sapienza University of Rome)
Roberta Spallone (Politecnico di Torino)

Scientific Committee:
Violette Abergel (MAP UMR 3495 CNRS/MC, Marseille)
Salvatore Barba (University of Salerno)
Marco Giorgio Bevilacqua (University of Pisa)
Stefano Brusaporci (University of L’Aquila)
Valeria Cera (University of Naples Federico II)
Pilar Chías (University of Alcalá)
• Francesca Fatta (Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria)
Andrea Giordano (University of Padua)
Alessandro Luigini (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)
Federica Maietti (University of Ferrara)
Barbara Ester Adele Piga (Politecnico di Milano)
Michele Russo (Sapienza University of Rome)
Cettina Santagati (University of Catania)
Alberto Sdegno (University of Udine)
Roberta Spallone (Politecnico di Torino)
Victoria Szabo (Duke University)

Organizing Committee:
Rachele Angela Bernardello (University of Padova)
Valeria Croce (University of Pisa)
Giulia Flenghi (Sapienza University of Rome)
Isabella Friso (IUAV University of Venice)
Fabrizio Natta (Politecnico di Torino)
Valerio Palma (Politecnico di Torino)
Enrico Pupi (Politecnico di Torino)

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