Special Issue "Virtual Reality and Its Application in Cultural Heritage"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Christos Fidas
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Guest Editor
Department of Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies, University of Patras, Agrinio 30100, Greece
Interests: Human Computer Interaction; Cultural Heritage; Cognitive User Modeling; Adaptation; Personalization
Dr. Stella Sylaiou
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Guest Editor
School of Social Sciences, Hellenic Open University, 26335 Patra, Greece
Interests: Digital Humanities; Cultural Informatics; Digital Museology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent advancements of Virtual Reality (VR) technologies provide new opportunities for cultural heritage organizations to attract, engage, and support end-users more efficiently and effectively by creating unprecedented interactive experiences that can scaffold users’ creativity, learning, collaboration, and entertainment. However, several user studies have underpinned the necessity to further investigate and improve current approaches and practices related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of VR applications to meet and fulfill the needs and requirements of all involved stakeholders. One possible way to achieve this objective is through the provision of personalized VR user experiences that cater to the diverse characteristics and requirements of stakeholders.

The aim of this Special Issue is to attract leading researchers at the intersection of VR and cultural heritage in an effort to highlight the latest exciting developments in this field discuss the underlying methods and approaches for designing, implementing and evaluating VR experiences in the cultural heritage domain. We encourage the submission of papers that examine innovative approaches that provide interesting theoretical and empirical contributions to this research theme as well as future research suggestions. The accepted contributions will include theoretical considerations, experimental validation, and proof-of-concept applications.

Dr. Christos Fidas
Dr. Stella Sylaiou
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • virtual reality
  • cultural heritage
  • user studies
  • virtual reality experiences
  • personalization

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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