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ERCIM News No. 103 (October 2015)

DEADLINE FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Thursday 18 August 2015

Please read the guidelines below before submitting an article

The sections of ERCIM News 103 are :

  • Joint ERCIM Actions
  • Special Theme: Augmented Reality
  • Research and Innovation
  • Events
  • In Brief

The Special Theme and the Research and Innovation sections contain articles presenting a panorama of European research activities. The Special Theme focuses on a sector which has been selected by the editors from a short list of currently "hot" topics whereas the Research and Innovation section contains articles describing scientific activities, research results, and technical transfer endeavours in any sector of Information and Communication Science and Technology (ICST), telecommunications or applied mathematics. Submissions to the Special Theme section are subjected to an external review process coordinated by invited guest editors whereas submissions to the Research and Innovation section are checked and approved by the ERCIM News editorial board.

Special Theme:
"Augmented Reality"

Guest editors:

  • Constantine Stephanidis (ICS-FORTH, Greece)
  • Eija Kaasinen (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)

Augmented Reality (AR) is a real-time direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment that is enhanced or augmented by adding virtual computer-generated information to it. Accordingly, an AR system: (i) combines real and virtual objects in a real environment, (ii) registers (aligns) real and virtual objects with each other, and (iii) runs interactively, in three dimensions, and in real time. AR technologies enhance human perception and help seeing, hearing, and feeling the surrounding environment in new and enriched ways. This is achieved by making people sense virtual objects, which appear to coexist in the real world. AR can also be used to hide visual elements of the real world to allow people to focus on specific aspects (Diminished Reality).

AR has been a very active research topic during the last decade, and its importance will increase in the future as the research focus is extending from enabling technologies to real-life applications.  For long perceived as the technology for the future, AR is currently making its way in the market place. In consumer applications AR is spreading in domains such as advertising, entertainment, education, games, health, culture, tourism and design. In work applications AR is applied in maintenance, training, and in supporting different work tasks with contextual guidance. Today’s smart devices, and especially products such as smart phones, tablets, and wearable devices, are rapidly bringing this new and exciting kind of human-computer interaction in everyday life. However, before AR becomes accepted as part of everyday life, besides technical limitations of existing technologies, HCI issues regarding intuitive and natural interaction, ergonomics and human factors, appearance and compatibility with social practices, as well as other issues such as cost, weight and power usage, must be more systematically addressed.

This ERCIM News special theme invites short articles on all aspects of AR systems’ design, development, evaluation and use, with particular emphasis on interaction and adoption issues. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to: AR applications; Design and evaluation of AR Systems; Interaction concepts and techniques for AR; User Experience and Acceptance of AR; Ergonomic aspects of AR; Human perception in AR; Visualisation techniques for AR and visual quality evaluation; Projection Display Technologies for AR; 3D Augmented Reality; Computational Vision and tracking for AR; Navigation Techniques in AR; Mobile and wearable AR; Tangible and hybrid AR Interfaces; Collaborative AR; AR Browsers.

 

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Reviewing:
Articles submitted to the special theme are subject to a review process.


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Publishing in ERCIM News offers several advantages:

  • ERCIM News represents an excellent opportunity to present your research to a broad audience, also outside your own research community
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