Special Issue "Latest Advances and Prospects in Extended Reality Technologies for Analysis and Enhancement of Urban Areas"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Urban Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Pilar Merchán
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Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automatics. Universidad de Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain
Interests: 3D computer vision; digital heritage; virtual reality; terrestrial laser scanner; 3D modeling; reconstruction; visualization and interpretation of complex scenes
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Dr. Emiliano Pérez
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Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automatics. Universidad de Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain
Interests: 3D modeling; 3D data processing; extended reality; digital heritage; terrestrial laser scanner; haptic devices
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Dr. Santiago Salamanca
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Dep. of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automatics. University of Extremadura. Badajoz. Spain
Interests: Virtual reality; digital heritage; terrestrial laser scanner: 3D modelling; computer vision; sensorization

Special Issue Information

Extended Reality (XR) means any technology that allows the user to visualize and interact within a merge between the real world and virtual worlds created on a computer.  XR applications are usually classified into three types: virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR). This Special Issue will accept papers that address the following aspects:

First, specific applications of XR in urban environments. For example, accessibility analysis of spaces, a preview of public works, visualization and interaction in Building Information Modelling (BIM models), maintenance and preservation of urban spaces, improvement of the tourist offer quality, interfaces for smart cities, etc.

Secondly, works related to technical issues for the generation of XR applications.  The special characteristics of the urban environments (spaces that are open, extensive, and complex) necessitates the search for new approaches and technological solutions. These include, for example, the selection of the most suitable remote sensors for data acquisition (Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS), Aerial Laser Scanning (ALS), etc.) or the adaptation of the generated 3D models to the virtual environment. Concerning HMI, issues have arisen such as the development of algorithms or the choice of the optimal sensors for interaction in the virtual world (cameras, gloves, active or passive beacons, virtual or hardware beacons, etc.).

Finally, review articles on state-of-the-art technology related to the scope of this Special Issue will also be welcome.

Dr. Pilar Merchán
Dr. Emiliano Pérez
Dr. Santiago Salamanca
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. Remote Sensing is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 2000 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.

Keywords

  • Remote sensing for 3D modelling
  • TLS
  • ALS
  • 3D visualization
  • Sensor fusion
  • Localization
  • Human–machine interfaces
  • Haptic
  • Virtual reality
  • Augmented reality
  • Mixed reality
  • Urban environments
  • Urban accessibility
  • XR tourism
  • Smart cities

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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