Special Issue "Advances in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality for Smart Cities"

A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Sylvie Daniel
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Guest Editor
Department of Geomatics Sciences, Université Laval, Quebec City, QC G1V0A6, Canada
Interests: data acquisition (images and LiDAR and bathymetric point cloud); image and point cloud processing; 3D modeling and representation; augmented reality; data fusion; artificial intelligence
Dr. Gunho Sohn
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Guest Editor
York University, Augmented Urban Space Modeling Lab, GeoICT Group, Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University, Toronto, ON M3J 1P5, Canada
Interests: Computer Vision, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Mobility AI, Augmented Reality, 3D Urban Space Modeling, Autonomous Positioning and Navigation with Active and Passive Sensors
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Dr. Lingli Zhu
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Guest Editor
Department of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute FGI, FI-02430 Masala, Finland
Interests: point cloud processing; 3D model reconstruction; virtual reality; augmented reality; photogrammetry; remote sensing; computer vision

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The recent concept of Smart Cities and Communities has fostered the design of new solutions, where modeling, simulation, and data analytics tools are indispensable in responding to the challenges of an ever-increasing urban population. Among them, augmented reality (AR) deployed in the city is already foreseen as a disruptive technology. Indeed, this is a transversal technology with major improvement and innovation and significant impact on several sectors related to urban management, sustainability, and security. Alternate virtual reality (VR) solutions also exist which allow users to experience the city in a simulated environment and help them in taking optimal actions and making informed decisions.

While AR and VR have already found many uses and success in the business and consumer worlds, there are still key challenges to overcome when trying to apply AR and VR in a smart city context: inaccurate positioning in urban environments, the lack of good user experience design, visual illusion of real and virtual world coexistence due to moving obstacles and occlusion, accessibility to the public, and seamless data transmission, to name a few.

This Special Issue aims to advance our understanding of how AR and VR can be leveraged to make cities and their citizens smarter and more connected. We welcome original work on improving the efficiency and accuracy of AR and VR using smart city-enabled technologies (i.e., 3D city models, infrastructure digitalization, Internet of Things, etc.), creating and understanding content and experience relevant to smart city initiatives, and on addressing societal and ethical issues of AR and VR transforming cities and societies.

This Special Issue seeks to describe and discuss the following topics applied to the scope described above, but is not limited to them:

  • AR/VR and Internet of Things;
  • AR/VR and 3D city model;
  • AR/VR and 5G;
  • AR/VR and artificial intelligence;
  • AR/VR and collective intelligence;
  • AR/VR and autonomous vehicles;
  • AR/VR in health care and education;
  • Multi-scale, multi-modal AR/VR visualization;
  • Context-aware systems for smart cities;
  • Situational awareness;
  • Smart cities immersive analytics;
  • Social AR and VR;
  • Ethics, societal, and privacy aspects;
  • Evaluation methods/usability evaluation;
  • Human factors;
  • Creating and understanding content and experiences.

Prof. Sylvie Daniel
Dr. Gunho Sohn
Dr. Lingli Zhu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • augmented and virtual reality
  • smart city
  • 3D city model
  • IoT
  • artificial intelligence
  • immersive analytics
  • contextual and situational awareness
  • ethics, privacy, and societal impacts
  • human factors and usability
  • content creation

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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