Advances in Extended Reality for Smart Cities

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903). This special issue belongs to the section "Techno-Social Smart Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 865

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Interests: UX; interaction design; learning experience design; mobile applications; smart community; smart city; robotics; IoT; AI; AR
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Extended reality (XR) is sewn increasingly into the everyday fabric of human life. The application fields range from entertainment to more advanced fields such as military, healthcare, surgical, educational, and cultural. Despite a large amount of literature, there are areas where XR is not sufficiently explored or still lacks practical applications such as smart cities.

Solutions developed in the area of smart cities adopt information and communication technologies to facilitate the connection of people among each other and with a wide variety of city services including healthcare, transportation, and infrastructures. The main goal is to improve the quality of life for citizens, create a common conscience and promote more sustainable and efficient economic growth.

In this field, XR can play a crucial role by creating ad hoc interfaces to connect citizens with their urban environment, and to foster civic participation making it easier to access city services, understand open data, learn about the historical and social context, helping city operators to collaborate and plan in an easier way even among distances.

Contributions to this Special Issue are expected to push the boundaries of extended reality in smart cities, exploring how it can improve citizens’ quality of life, gradually engage them in the surrounding space, foster civic participation and facilitate any operations in a smart city.

Areas of interest, which can take advantage of the combination of the smart city approach and XR, include (but are not limited) to the following:

  • Urban planning
  • Urban stimuli
  • Social interactions
  • Urban experience
  • Urban transportation
  • Civic participation
  • Cultural heritage
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Smart learning
  • Smart campus
  • Smart building
  • Ambient intelligence
  • IOT and environment interaction
  • Emergency management systems
  • City Security Management systems
  • Smart farms and industries
  • Health care
  • Urban sustainability
  • Playable cities

Dr. Marco Romano
Dr. Teresa Onorati
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  • augmented reality
  • virtual reality
  • mixed reality
  • augmented virtuality
  • extended reality
  • smart city
  • civic engagement
  • urban planning
  • citizen experience
  • urban sustainability
  • citizen participation
  • playable cities
  • learning experience design
  • education

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Indoor Infrastructure Maintenance Framework Using Networked Sensors, Robots, and Augmented Reality Human Interface
by Alireza Fath, Nicholas Hanna, Yi Liu, Scott Tanch, Tian Xia and Dryver Huston
Future Internet 2024, 16(5), 170; - 15 May 2024
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Sensing and cognition by homeowners and technicians for home maintenance are prime examples of human–building interaction. Damage, decay, and pest infestation present signals that humans interpret and then act upon to remedy and mitigate. The maintenance cognition process has direct effects on sustainability [...] Read more.
Sensing and cognition by homeowners and technicians for home maintenance are prime examples of human–building interaction. Damage, decay, and pest infestation present signals that humans interpret and then act upon to remedy and mitigate. The maintenance cognition process has direct effects on sustainability and economic vitality, as well as the health and well-being of building occupants. While home maintenance practices date back to antiquity, they readily submit to augmentation and improvement with modern technologies. This paper describes the use of networked smart technologies embedded with machine learning (ML) and presented in electronic formats to better inform homeowners and occupants about safety and maintenance issues, as well as recommend courses of remedial action. The demonstrated technologies include robotic sensing in confined areas, LiDAR scans of structural shape and deformation, moisture and gas sensing, water leak detection, network embedded ML, and augmented reality interfaces with multi-user teaming capabilities. The sensor information passes through a private local dynamic network to processors with neural network pattern recognition capabilities to abstract the information, which then feeds to humans through augmented reality and conventional smart device interfaces. This networked sensor system serves as a testbed and demonstrator for home maintenance technologies, for what can be termed Home Maintenance 4.0. Full article
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