Algorithms for Virtual and Augmented Environments

A special issue of Algorithms (ISSN 1999-4893). This special issue belongs to the section "Algorithms for Multidisciplinary Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 2406

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School of Law, University of Milano-Bicocca, 20126 Milan, Italy
Interests: point clouds; localization; mapping; SLAM; signal processing; missile defense; robotics
Department of Theoretical and Applied Sciences, University of Insubria, Via Ravasi, 2, 21100 Varese, Italy
Interests: cognitive computing; computational neuroscience; human-computer interaction
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Department of Informatics, Systems and Communication, University of Milano-Bicocca, 20126 Milan, Italy
Interests: brain-computer interfacing; electroencephalography; human-machine interaction; motor imagery; signal processing
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to submit your latest research in the area of the development of virtual and augmented reality to this Special Issue, named “Algorithms for virtual and augmented environments”.

Virtual and augmented reality is a topic that is gaining popularity in various fields thanks to recent major advances and the wide availability of hardware devices that are much cheaper and easier to use than before.

Virtual reality has a long history as a training environment for delicate and potentially dangerous tasks, such as flying an airplane. However, the use of these technologies has evolved greatly nowadays. For example, considering the medical field, virtual environments can be exploited to train surgeons and augmented reality can be used to assist in delicate operations. In general, virtual and augmented environments are applied in various disciplines as learning environments.

Other applications include neuropsychology, where these environments are used to help diagnose and treat various conditions, such as Parkinson's disease.

The goal of this special issue is to promote research activities in the field of virtual and augmented reality, especially from an algorithmic point of view. The focus is on multidisciplinary work that demonstrates how this field can be of great benefit to many other disciplines.

Dr. Simone Fontana
Dr. Silvia Corchs
Dr. Aurora Saibene
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • applications of virtual and augmented reality environments
  • artificial intelligence algorithms for virtual and augmented reality
  • computer vision algorithms for virtual and augmented reality scenarios
  • interfaces for virtual and augmented reality
  • sensors for virtual and augmented reality

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Following the Writer’s Path to the Dynamically Coalescing Reactive Chains Design Pattern
Algorithms 2024, 17(2), 56; https://doi.org/10.3390/a17020056 - 25 Jan 2024
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Two recent studies addressed the problem of reducing transitional turbulence in applications developed in C# on .NET. The first study investigated this problem in desktop and Web GUI applications and the second in virtual and augmented reality applications using the Unity3D game engine. [...] Read more.
Two recent studies addressed the problem of reducing transitional turbulence in applications developed in C# on .NET. The first study investigated this problem in desktop and Web GUI applications and the second in virtual and augmented reality applications using the Unity3D game engine. The studies used similar solution approaches, but both were somewhat embedded in the details of their applications and implementation platforms. This paper examines these two families of applications and seeks to extract the common aspects of their problem definitions and solution approaches and codify the problem-solution pair as a new software design pattern. To do so, the paper adopts Wellhausen and Fiesser’s writer’s path methodology and follows it systematically to discover and write the pattern, recording the reasoning at each step. To evaluate the pattern, the paper applies it to an arbitrary C#/.NET GUI application. The resulting design pattern is named Dynamically Coalescing Reactive Chains (DCRC). It enables the approach to transitional turbulence reduction to be reused across a range of related applications, languages, and user interface technologies. The detailed example of the writer’s path can assist future pattern writers in navigating through the complications and subtleties of the pattern-writing process. Full article
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An Interactive Digital-Twin Model for Virtual Reality Environments to Train in the Use of a Sensorized Upper-Limb Prosthesis
Algorithms 2024, 17(1), 35; https://doi.org/10.3390/a17010035 - 14 Jan 2024
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In recent years, the boost in the development of hardware and software resources for building virtual reality environments has fuelled the development of tools to support training in different disciplines. The purpose of this work is to discuss a complete methodology and the [...] Read more.
In recent years, the boost in the development of hardware and software resources for building virtual reality environments has fuelled the development of tools to support training in different disciplines. The purpose of this work is to discuss a complete methodology and the supporting algorithms to develop a virtual reality environment to train the use of a sensorized upper-limb prosthesis targeted at amputees. The environment is based on the definition of a digital twin of a virtual prosthesis, able to communicate with the sensors worn by the user and reproduce its dynamic behaviour and the interaction with virtual objects. Several training tasks are developed according to standards, including the Southampton Hand Assessment Procedure, and the usability of the entire system is evaluated, too. Full article
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