Immersive I: Multimodal visualization for Smart Cities – Urban data as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and multidimensional visualizations

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, Cartography Specialty Group, Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Stones Throw 1 - Granite, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Jochen Wendel
Chairs: Jochen Wendel

Call for Submissions

After registration and submission to the AAG online system, please forward us your PIN as well as your abstract for participation in this session.

Jochen Wendel: Wendel [at]
Syed Monjur Murshed: Murshed [at]


Visualization in Smart Cities applications is a crucial part as it is the main communication tool among scientists, engineers and decisions makers. The data used in such approaches is directly linked to spatial objects such as buildings, city infrastructure or city furniture. Usually, these data sets are not aggregated by the building object itself but at a finer scale such as building surfaces or even at a finer scale (e.g. location of sensors). This requires a higher grade of visualization and therefore 3D becomes a necessity. Interactive 3D visualization of those datasets have been successfully implemented enabling users to explore and comprehend outcomes from multiple perspectives.
Multiple interactive 3D visualization environments such as ESRI’s City Engine or CESIUM web globe exist that facilitates the development of interfaces. Besides these more traditional desktop and web oriented platforms, recent years have seen an increase in the development of immersive technologies as well as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) applications developed for many different urban use cases. Progressively more APIs and Tools such as Unity3D as well as recent developments such as the native support on mobile devices through ARKit (Apple) and ARCore (Android) enable the GIScience community to develop and test new visualization methodologies.

This session seeks presentations focusing on the innovative visualization of urban data in the Smart Cities context. Possible topics for presentation may include but are not limited to:
• 3D and 4D visualization interfaces
• Augmented Realty (AR)
• Virtual Reality (VR)
• Integration of GIS in immersive environments (AR, VR and 3D)
• Immersive spatial-temporal visualization interfaces
• Cartographic methods and standards for 3D and immersive visualizations
• Data Infrastructures and standards for the visualization for 3D urban data
• Integration of analytical functionality in 3D and immersive visualization
• Human Computer Interaction (HCI) in 3D and immersive visualization environments
• Integrating sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) into immersive visualizations
• Innovative visualizations of urban infrastructure (e.g. underground infrastructure)


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Tyler LaMantia*, Geography and Planning, West Chester College Of Pennsylvania, Gary Coutu*, Geography and Planning, West Chester University, Eric Quinn*, Newtown Township, 3D VR BIM modeling- Exploring and Managing Interior Campus Space at West Chester University 20 1:10 PM
Presenter Jochen Wendel*, European Institute for Energy Research, José Miguel Santana, Centro de Tecnologías de la Imagen (CTIM), Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, Sebastián Ortega Trujillo, Centro de Tecnologías de la Imagen (CTIM), Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, Agustín Trujillo, Centro de Tecnologías de la Imagen (CTIM), Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, Syed Monjur Murshed, European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER), Karlsruhe, Germany, Alexander Simons, European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER), Karlsruhe, Germany, Making the invisible visible - Multimodal visualization methodologies for urban energy data above and sub-surface 20 1:30 PM
Presenter Katrina Schweikert*, Blue Marble Geographics, Applications of 3D GIS for Cultural Heritage Preservation and Accessibility 20 1:50 PM
Presenter Sooyeon Lim*, Department of Architectural Design, Hanyang University, South Korea, Seungho Yoo, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London, UK, Designing the smart city with Immersive Technologies: focusing on the design of 5-1 Liveable Area in Sejong City, South Korea 20 2:10 PM
Presenter Jason Karian*, West Chester University, Gary Coutu, West Chester University, Kyle Erisman*, West Chester University, Envisioning the Future of West Chester University using 3D GIS 20 2:30 PM

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