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||Yaxiong Ma*, Boston University, Jessica Wright, Boston University, Sucharita Gopal, Boston University, Nathan Phillips, Boston University, Design and Development of VR for Coupling Above and Underground Infrastructure Utilities||20||3:20 PM|
|Presenter||Mei Li*, Peking University, Zhenming Sun, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, Virtual Reality and Serious Games for Mining Industry's Safety Training||20||3:40 PM|
|Presenter||Elizabeth Held*, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Mark Simpson, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Beth Holcomb, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Marie Urban, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Robert Stewart, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Can Virtual Reality Help Improve Recollection and Estimation of Crowd Size? Experimental Results in Building Occupancy Estimation||20||4:00 PM|
|Presenter||Mark Simpson*, Pennsylvania State University, Jiayan Zhao, Pennsylvania State University, Spaces for Interfaces: Virtual Reality for Data Exploration||20||4:20 PM|
|Presenter||Paul Roddy*, Pennsylvania State University, Image Based 3D Modeling and Virtual Reality as a Means of Preserving Archaeological Features and Artifacts.||20||4:40 PM|
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