Special Issue "Virtual, Augmented, Mixed Reality and Interactive Media Experience"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Computer Science & Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Daniela M. Romano
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Guest Editor
Department of Information Studies, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
Interests: virtual, augmented and mixed reality and interactive media experience; emerging technologies and future interfaces
Dr. Vinoba Vinayagamoorthy
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Guest Editor
Research & Development, BBC, London W1A 1AA, UK
Interests: interactive and immersive media experiences; interaction design; evaluative methods; connected homes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to bring together the contribution of international researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines, ranging from human-computer interaction, virtual, augmented and mixed reality, interactive multimedia engineering and design, to media studies, media psychology and sociology.

In this Special Issue, we welcome contributions on prototyping and evaluating prototypes, gathering user requirements, designing, developing or prototyping media experiences and applications (the broader sense), within known and emerging technologies, measuring and evaluating experience with users through experiments and user studies, in the wild, in the lab or simulated environments.

Specific topics and applications:

  • Interactive and immersive platforms & mediums: virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), alternate reality, 360°, extended reality (XR)
  • Applications: storytelling, creative expressions, new content formats, platform-centric experiences, health, digital wellbeing, therapeutic, social/cultural expressions, social communication and similar.
  • Understanding audience interests and their interactions with interactive and immersive experiences
  • Analysing and developing underlying technologies and systems
  • Critiquing and creating production tools and workflows
  • Exploring the use and implications of AI and machine learning
  • Developing innovative business models and marketing techniques

Technical Program Committee Members:

  1. Professor Maria-Victoria Sanchez-Vives, ICREA, Spain
  2. Professor Wijnand IJsselsteijn, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
  3. Dr Brian A. Smith, Columbia University, USA
  4. Dr Marco Gillies, Goldsmith University of London, UK
  5. Dr Pablo Santiago Cesar Garcia, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), The Netherlands
  6. Dr Peter Vangorp, Edge Hill University, UK
  7. Dr Sylvia Rothe, University of Munich (LMU), Germany
  8. Dr Sylvia Xueni Pan, Goldsmith University of London, UK

Prof. Daniela M. Romano
Dr. Vinoba Vinayagamoorthy
Guest Editors

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  • Virtual reality
  • Augmented reality
  • Mixed reality
  • Alternate reality
  • Digital experiences
  • Multimodal and multimedia interaction
  • Interactive media experience
  • 360° experiences
  • Storytelling with AR
  • AR/VR/MR creative expressions

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Technology Acceptance of an Interactive Augmented Reality App on Resistive Circuits for Engineering Students
Electronics 2021, 10(11), 1286; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics10111286 - 28 May 2021
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In this study, we aim to establish the factors that explain the technology acceptance of augmented reality (AR) in students’ engineering education. Technology acceptance of AR apps has been insufficiently investigated. We conceive a theoretical model to explain technology acceptance by relating behavioral [...] Read more.
In this study, we aim to establish the factors that explain the technology acceptance of augmented reality (AR) in students’ engineering education. Technology acceptance of AR apps has been insufficiently investigated. We conceive a theoretical model to explain technology acceptance by relating behavioral intention to use with the variables subjective norm, technology optimism, technology innovativeness, perceived ease of use, perceived usefulness, and attitude toward using. An interactive AR app on electrical circuits was designed to assist students to overcome their difficulties in understanding how electricity works. A theoretical model was hypothesized and tested using structural equation modeling. The study was conducted using a sample of 190 engineering students. The results demonstrate the positive effect of technology optimism and technology innovativeness on perceived usefulness and attitude toward using, respectively. Furthermore, they suggest that attitude toward using is influenced by perceived usefulness but not directly by perceived ease of use. This could mean that students would be willing to use this app if they find it useful and not just easy to use. Finally, the results illustrate that attitude toward using firmly explains behavioral intention to use, which is consistent with the findings in previous studies. These results could guide how academics and higher education centers should approach the incorporation of these technologies in classrooms. Full article
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