Virtual Reality, Digital Twins, the Metaverse

Dear Colleagues,

With the rapid development of modern society, the demand for practicability and intelligence is increasing day by day, and more application technologies are focusing on the development of digital intelligence in the future. The intelligent development of smart manufacturing, smart industry, smart medical, and other fields is the only way to build a smart city in the future. In the future, it will even go further beyond the level of cities and countries to realize intelligent research on the entire universe and explore the origin and development of the universe from a more intelligent perspective.

Virtual reality (VR) contains a variety of information technologies, among which simulation technology has developed in a more extensive direction in recent years. The demand for virtual reality technology in various industries and fields is increasing, and chasing a more extreme sense of immersion is the mainstream of current development. Interactivity is also an important focus of research and development. In complex practical application scenarios, a stable experience is an important consideration in determining the pros and cons of practical applications. Real-time and effective interaction ideas and methods are important evaluation indicators for virtual reality technology.

Digital twin (DT) provides a broader application space for virtual reality and at the same time puts forward higher requirements for the technological progress of virtual reality. In the future, various objects in the virtual world will have more abundant intelligence, which is a necessary condition for them to be able to evolve independently and to map each other with objects in the real world. For applications that already exist and will be developed in the future, the integration of real-world data into the virtual world is critical to the development of digital twin technology. New sensors play a vital role in this, and this will also be the key to whether the digital twin can better develop in coordination with multiple fields.

The exhibition of a variety of virtual achievements indicates that the development of the metaverse is no longer limited to the conceptual level, and the digital twin provides a fundamentally effective way for it. The development of VR, DT, and the Metaverse promote each other, forming a closed-loop mutual push development method. This Topic involves a wide range of multidisciplinary themes and realizes more systematic intelligent and digital development in multiple fields, such as industry, manufacturing, education, aerospace, medical and health, and urban development.

Dr. Zhihan Lv
Prof. Dr. Kai Xu
Prof. Dr. Zhigeng Pan
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Deadline for abstract submissions: 31 January 2023.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023.

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Dr. Zhihan Lv
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Department of Game Design, Uppsala University, SE-751 05 Uppsala, Sweden
Interests: virtual / augmented reality; multimedia; human-computer interaction; networks; geographic information; digital twins; Internet of things; blockchain
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Prof. Dr. Kai Xu
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School of Computer Science Cellphone, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410128, China
Interests: computer graphics; 3D vision; data-driven geometry modeling
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Prof. Dr. Zhigeng Pan
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Digital Media & Interaction Research Center, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 310012, China
Interests: learning (artificial intelligence); albedo; computer vision; convolutional neural nets; expectation-maximisation algorithm; feature extraction; haptic interfaces; human computer interaction; image classification; image colour analysis; image matching; image reconstruction; image sequences; image watermarking; lighting; motion estimation; multi-agent systems; object detection; object tracking; pattern classification; rendering (computer graphics); sensor fusion; stereo image processing; ubiquitous computing; video signal processing
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  • virtual reality
  • augmented reality
  • digital twins
  • Metaverse
  • dynamic modeling
  • 3D technology
  • system integration technology
  • geographic information system
  • medical healthcare
  • Industry 4.0
  • industrial manufacturing
  • intelligent manufacturing
  • smart manufacturing
  • BIM
  • building information modeling

Relevant Journals List

Journal Name Impact Factor CiteScore Launched Year First Decision (median) APC
Applied Sciences
2.679 3.0 2011 17.71 Days 2300 CHF Submit
2.397 2.7 2012 17.63 Days 2000 CHF Submit
2.645 - 2013 21.44 Days 1800 CHF Submit
3.576 5.8 2001 17.41 Days 2400 CHF Submit
3.251 3.9 2009 17.64 Days 2000 CHF Submit

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