Augmented, virtual, and mixed realities (or xR), are transforming research, education, and outreach activities across all sciences and are affecting human life in numerous ways. In the geospatial sciences, we are witnessing the most substantial paradigm shifts in decades. xR technologies are evolving rapidly, and are on a trajectory to becoming mainstream. This may profoundly change the ways in which we think and communicate about space and place in the past, present, or future, both in-situ and at a distance. In particular, a new generation of xR devices is poised to disrupt and potentially replace conventional approaches to human-computer interaction with new modalities, applications, and interfaces. Current off-the-shelf xR devices (e.g., Oculus Rift, Microsoft Hololens, Google Daydream, or Samsung Gear VR) combine affordability with sophisticated displays, sensor arrays, and graphic processing capabilities that allow for immersive and augmented experiences that were unattainable in earlier generations. In parallel, the creation of and access to 3D data through environmental sensors and technology (e.g., photogrammetry, LiDAR, smartphones, and 360-degree cameras) and modeling efforts using, for example, ESRI CityEngine or Google SketchUp, have become much easier and widespread which affords the establishing of efficient workflows for the 3D modeling of built and natural environments.
|Presenter||Alexander Klippel*, Pennsylvania State University, Immersive Field Trips for Geosciences||20||1:20 PM|
|Presenter||Martin Swobodzinski*, Portland State University, Effects of virtual companion animals on human emotional health||20||1:40 PM|
|Presenter||Nico Dogterom*, Utrecht University, Joost de Kruijf, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, Geert de Leeuw, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, Amit Birenboim, Tel Aviv University , Martin Dijst, Utrecht University, Streetscape preferences to encourage cycling: results from a conjoint experiment using immersive virtual technology in the Netherlands||20||2:00 PM|
|Presenter||Pyry Kettunen*, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI), NLS-FI, Ari Öysti, National Land Survey of Finland, Forming Forest Polygons for National Topographic Database of Finland||20||2:20 PM|
|Presenter||Chengbi Liu*, George Mason University, Sven Fuhrmann, George Mason University, Exploring the fusion of augmented reality and location-based social network||20||2:40 PM|
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