CDE, Industrial and Academic Events

The CDE organises a range of training, showcase and networking events throughout the year. CDE staff and students also attend and present at a range of industrial and academic conferences.  

We also run a virtual External Speaker Series where alumni, industrial supervisors and experts from the digital economy sector share their knowledge and expertise with our Research Engineers. Some of these are open to a wider audience. 

Click on a date in Calendar or view events and conferences by list for more details. 

To let us know about events the CDE may be interested in email CDE Event Co-ordinator Zoe Leonard.

Our Upcoming Events

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Monday 6th September 2021

Venue: Manchester

BMVC 2021

The British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC) is the British Machine Vision Association's annual conference on machine vision, image processing and pattern recognition.
The intention is that the conference will go ahead on the above dates. Whether it will be on-line or have a physical element (in Manchester) will depend on how the COVID-19 pandemic develops.
For all information regarding the conference, please see the official site:
The Organising Committee.

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Wednesday 8th September 2021

Venue: Serpa, Portugal


Special Theme for 2021: Rehab Gamification. As a special theme for ICDVRAT 2021, we encourage papers describing game-based solutions devised to rehabilitate motor and cognitive impairments. Papers accepted for the conference require the registration of at least one of the authors as a Full Delegate or Full Student Delegate to the conference.

This year, ICDVRAT is run with Interactive Technologies and Games (ITAG) Conference.

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Thursday 9th September 2021

Venue: Cork, Ireland

European Machine Vision Association 2021

EMVA’s annual two-day event, where machine vision industry and academic research meet to learn from each other, get an understanding of the newest research results, of open problems from applications, learn about new and emerging application fields, and to discuss new research cooperation between industry and academics.

The upcoming forum will take place Thursday & Friday, September 9 – 10, 2021, in Cork, Ireland.
EMVA’s local partner hosting the event is the Tyndall National Institute.

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Sunday 19th September 2021

Venue: Anchorage, Alaska, USA

ICIP 2021

The 28th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (IEEE - ICIP) will be held in Anchorage-Alaska, Denaʼina Civic and Convention Center in the period September 19-22, 2021.

The IEEE ICIP is the world’s largest and most comprehensive technical conference focused on image and video processing and computer vision. This conference will showcase world-class plenary speakers, tutorials, exhibits, special sessions, industry sessions, and women in engineering that creates an excellent forum to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. There will be opportunities to network with the brightest minds in academia and industry from this field. In addition, several events targeting students and professionals will also be featured at IEEE ICIP 2021.

In the IEEE ICIP 2021 Conference, we are introducing the following:

  1. Rebuttal Policy
  2. Fixed Dates Policy
  3. New Topic Track: COVID-19 and Imaging

The Organizing Committee members are looking forward to welcoming you to Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

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Tuesday 28th September 2021

Venue: Nara, Japan

International Conference on Affective Computing & Intelligent Interaction (ACII 2021)

The Bi-annual Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing (AAAC, formerly known as Humaine) is the premier international forum for research on affective and multimodal human-machine interaction and systems. ACII 2021 will be held in Nara, Japan. ACII 2021 will be based around the theme of Ethical Affective Computing considering ethical uses, fairness and bias in emotional AI. 

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Monday 11th October 2021

Time: 6 AM - 6 PM | Venue: Online

ICCV 2021

ICCV is the premier international computer vision event comprising the main conference and several co-located workshops and tutorials. With its high quality and low cost, it provides an exceptional value for students, academics and industry researchers. 

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Monday 18th October 2021

Venue: Montreal, Canada

23rd ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2021)

The 23rd ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2021) will be held in Montreal, Canada. ICMI is the premier international forum for multidisciplinary research on multimodal human-human and human-computer interaction, interfaces, and system development. The conference focuses on theoretical and empirical foundations, component technologies, and combined multimodal processing techniques that define the field of multimodal interaction analysis, interface design, and system development. ICMI 2021 will feature a single-track main conference which includes: keynote speakers, technical full and short papers (including oral and poster presentations), special sessions, demonstrations, exhibits and doctoral spotlight papers.

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Wednesday 20th October 2021

Venue: Belfast

Beyond 2021

A conference from 20 - 21 October 2021, where thinkers, makers, investors and researchers across the creative industries come together to explore the relationship between creative research and business innovation. Join us in Belfast and online for the 4th annual BEYOND.

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Tuesday 26th October 2021

Venue: Hilton Brighton Metropole

Develop Brighton 2021

Develop:Brighton has been bringing together the European Game Dev community from global superstars to micro indies - since 2006. Come and learn from your peers and share your experiences, hear from the industry’s leading lights, get up-to-date with the latest tools, techniques and industry trends, plus network with 3,000 game dev professionals.

Due to the COVID pandemic, 2020 was a very strange and difficult year for everyone so sadly we couldn't bring our community together face to face. However, we were able to run Develop: Brighton Digital instead which was a great success.

This year we have moved the dates from summer to autumn just to be safe and we are confident that we'll all be able to meet again in Brighton. We know many people will be excited for the return to a physical format and we’re looking forward to offering our community all it has come to know and love from the event. However, we recognise that some may not be quite ready to attend an event in October and therefore we’ve taken the decision for the first time to live stream all Develop: Brighton 2021 sessions as part of a digital conference pass - more info coming soon.

We look forward to seeing you from 26 - 28 October 2021, Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton BN1 2FU

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Thursday 28th October 2021

Venue: Paris, France

International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation 2021

The International Research Conference is a federated organization dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program. Events will run over a span of time during the conference depending on the number and length of the presentations. With its high quality, it provides an exceptional value for students, academics and industry researchers.

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Friday 3rd December 2021

Venue: RAI Amsterdam

IBC Show 2021

IBC is the world's most influential media, entertainment and technology show. Six leading international bodies are the owners behind IBC, representing both exhibitors and visitors.

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Monday 6th December 2021

Venue: BFI - London

CVMP 2021

Welcome to the European Conference on Visual Media Production (CVMP). For years, CVMP has built a reputation as the prime venue for researchers to meet with practitioners in the Creative Industries.

CVMP brings together production and post-production specialists from the worlds of film, broadcast and games with imaging and graphics researchers; it brings together expertise in video processing, computer vision, computer graphics, animation and physical simulation.

CVMP provides a European forum for the presentation of the latest research and application advances, combined with keynote and invited talks on state-of-the-art industry practice.

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Tuesday 7th December 2021

Venue: Tallinn, Estonia

ICIDS 2021

ICIDS is the premier conference for researchers and practitioners concerned with studying digital interactive forms of narrative from a variety of perspectives, including theoretical, technological, and applied design lenses. The annual conference is an interdisciplinary gathering that combines technology-focused approaches with humanities-inspired theoretical inquiry, empirical research and artistic expression. This year is the 14th edition of the conference. ICIDS is the main academic conference of the Association for Research in Digital Interactive Narratives (ARDIN).

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Tuesday 14th December 2021

Venue: Tokyo

Siggraph Asia 2021

14th ACM Siggraph Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia.

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Sunday 6th February 2022

Venue: Vienna - Austria

GRAPP 2022

The International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications aims at becoming a major point of contact between researchers, engineers and practitioners in Computer Graphics. The conference will be structured along four main tracks, covering different aspects related to Computer Graphics, from Modelling to Rendering, including Animation, Interactive Environments and Social Agents in Computer Graphics.


1 . Geometry and Modeling

2 . Rendering

3 . Animation and Simulation

4 . Interactive Environments

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Thursday 17th March 2022

Venue: London

Wearable Technology Show 2022

WTS2022 is the largest business and prosumer show featuring cutting edge technology under one roof. It is the biggest and best forum for forming partnerships and developing new business across the wearable, smart device and IOT landscape. Over 3,000 delegates200 speakers and 150 press will come together to exchange views, network and do business. The show floor will feature cutting edge technology attracting prosumers, distributors and buyers.

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Thursday 17th March 2022

Venue: London

AVR 360 Show 2022

AVR360 will bring together the leading exponents of this exciting and fast developing market from across the globe, including industry-leading delegates and speakers as well as engaging debates, presentations, product demonstrations, networking and so much more!

As the leading event for AR, VR and mixed reality, AVR360 offers delegates access to the conference and our expo floor.

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Saturday 30th April 2022

Venue: New Orleans, LA

CHI 2022

The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the premier international conference on Human-Computer Interaction. CHI – pronounced ‘kai’ – is a place where researchers and practitioners gather from across the world to discuss the latest in interactive technology. CHI is generally considered the most prestigious in the field of HCI and attracts thousands of international attendees annually. CHI will be held for the first time as an online virtual conference.

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Thursday 2nd June 2022

Venue: Heilbronn, Germany.

Ecsite Annual Conference 2022

Ecsite’s vision is to foster creativity and critical thinking in European society, emboldening citizens to engage with science. Its mission is to inspire and empower science centres, museums and all organisations that engage people with science, and to promote their actions. The network gathers more than 350 organisations in Europe and world-wide.

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Monday 6th June 2022

Venue: Sonian Forest Brussels, Belgium

BCI Society 9th International BCI Meeting

Attendees of the 2021 Virtual International BCI Meeting scheduled 7-9 June 2021 are invited to submit papers for a special issue of the journal Brain-Computer Interfaces. Papers must be original, high-quality, full length articles expanding on material presented as abstracts or in workshops at the BCI Meeting.

The special issue will include a summary of the 2021 vBCI and BCI Thursdays workshops and will serve as a reference for current state-of-the art BCI research and applications. 

The deadline for submission is August 28, 2021

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Sunday 19th June 2022

Venue: New Orleans, Louisiana

CVPR 2022

CVPR is the premier annual computer vision event comprising the main conference and several co-located workshops and short courses. With its high quality and low cost, it provides an exceptional value for students, academics and industry researchers.

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Sunday 26th June 2022

Time: 12 PM - 12 PM | Venue: Gothenburg, Sweden

HCI International 2022



Gothia Towers Hotel and Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden

26 June - 1 July 2022


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Monday 11th July 2022

Venue: Italy

ICCHP 2022

In 2022, ICCHP and AAATE join forces and co-host the Joint International Conference on Digital Inclusion, Assistive Technology & Accessibility taking place July 11 - 15, 2022, at the premises of Politecnico di Milano, Polo Territoriale di Lecco, Via Gaetano Previati, 1/c, 23900 Lecco LC, Italy


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Sunday 17th July 2022

Venue: Baltimore, Maryland USA

ICML 2022

The International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2022) will be held Friday July 17th - 23rd July 2022.

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