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Workshop: Let's Go Out: Research in Outdoor Mixed and Augmented Reality

ISMAR workshop to be held at the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality 2009 (ISMAR 2009) on Monday 19th of October.


Thank you for coming to the workshop, it was very interesting to hear everyone's opinion. Below are the slides from the workshop and the collected position papers.


Mixed and Augmented Reality in Outdoor Environments has been an important research thread for over ten years. Application areas include architecture and construction, navigation, tourism, geographic information systems, journalism, and entertainment. The advent of handheld mobile devices with displays and cameras, increasingly powerful CPUs and GPUs, ubiquitous network connectivity and a range of sensors now promises to bring these applications to a wide audience. At the same time, the outdoors presents enormous challenges, as the environment encompasses extreme weather and illumination conditions, and M&AR; systems must deal with technological constraints including low-resolution cameras and displays, inaccurate and fragile tracking systems, limited system and network resources, and cumbersome interaction devices.

To address these challenges, we invite you to a one-day workshop on research issues specific to Mixed and Augmented Reality in Outdoor Environments. The workshop will begin with a session where researchers present short position statements on research topics, issues and approaches. The following sessions will address specific areas where we will review the state-of-the-art and discuss current issues and future research directions.

Workshop Agenda


Time Agenda Items Speakers
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome, Workshop Introduction Sandor, Kitahara, Reitmayr, Feiner
9:15 - 10:30 Position Statements 12 research presentations, 5 minutes each (+20 minutes buffer). Full list of position papers and speakers below.
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break  
11:00 - 12:00 Discussion about overarching research challenges Joint discussion: what are the major highlevel problems for outside AR? This session serves as preparation for the afternnon sessions.
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch  
13:00 - 15:00 Focused discussions 4*45 minute theme sessions
  • Modeling (Kitahara)
  • Tracking and Interaction (Reitmayr)
  • Visualization (Feiner)
  • Applications (Sandor)
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break  
15:30 - 16:30 Focused discussions continued  
16:30 - 17:00 Concluding remarks Sandor, Kitahara, Reitmayr, Feiner


Position Papers

This is the full list of position papers presented at the workshop. This is the order of presentation in the initial session.

Talk Nr. Area Title Authors
1 Modeling Mobile Lidar Mapping: Building the Next Generation of Outdoor Environment Model for AR Rob Harrap (Queen's University, GeoEngineering Center), Sylvie Daniel (Laval University, Department of Geomatics)
2 Implications of Having 3D Models for Outdoor Augmented Reality Zhuming Ai (Naval Research Laboratory), Mark A. Livingston (Naval Research Laboratory)
3 Precise Manipulation at a Distance in Wearable Outdoor Augmented Reality Thuong N. Hoang (Wearable Computer Lab), Bruce H. Thomas (Wearable Computer Lab)
4 Tracking and Interaction Pedestrian Dead Reckoning and its applications Masakatsu Kourogi (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology), Tomoya Ishikawa (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology), Yoshinari Kameda (University of Tsukuba), Jun Ishikawa (University of Shizuoka), Takeshi Kurata (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)
5 3D Pointing Interface by using Virtual Diorama for Attention Sharing Masayuki Hayashi (University of Tsukuba), Itaru Kitahara (University of Tsukuba), Yoshinari Kameda (University of Tsukuba), Yuichi Ohta (University of Tsukuba)
6 Visualization Adaptive Visualization in Outdoor AR Displays Denis Kalkofen (TU Graz), Stefanie Zollman (TU Graz), Gerhard Schall (TU Graz), Gerhard Reitmayr (TU Graz), Dieter Schmalstieg (TU Graz)
7 Prototyping an Outdoor Mobile Augmented Reality Street View Application Yoshitaka Tokusho (Software Division, Hitachi Ltd), Steven Feiner (Columbia University)
8 Interaction with the Environment: Sensor Data Visualization in Outdoor Augmented Reality Sean White (Columbia University)
9 AR-based GIS: Towards closing the loop between acquisition and visualization of geographical data Guillaume Moreau (Ecole Centrale de Nantes - CERMA), Myriam Servieres (Ecole Centrale de Nantes - CERMA), Hideo Saito (Keio University)
10 Application 2-Way Wireless Spherical Panoramic Video Telepresence: The Killer App for VR/AR Kurtis J. Ritchey (U.S. Army, National Simulation Center)
11 Augmented Reality for Building and Construction - Software Architecture Charles Woodward (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland), Mika Hakkarainen (VTT), Kari Rainio (VTT)
12 SwissPeaks ­ Mobile augmented reality to identify mountains Stephan Karpischek (ETH Zurich), Claudio Marforio (ETH Zurich), Mike, Godenzi (ETH Zurich), Stephan Heuel (Ernst Basler + Partner),  and Florian Michahelles (ETH Zurich)


The Call for Papers is closed now... See you at the workshop !


Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • modeling outdoor environments
  • outdoor displays (head-worn and hand-held)
  • tracking
  • user interfaces
  • application areas
  • system architecture
  • mobile interaction devices

Participation is open to all attendees registering for the workshop, not only to presenters of position statements. We explicitly invite non-research attendees to join us as well and provide valuable insight into commercial areas of interest and constraints.

Call for Position Papers

The workshop will be an opportunity to present short position papers on topics relevant for Outdoor Mixed and Augmented Reality. To present a position, submit a 2-page summary using the TVCG paper template for ISMAR 2009 papers [] by sending it to the email "". The position papers will be reviewed by the organizing committee and selected for presentation. Authors will be notified of the results and a final deadline for submitting the final version. The schedule for submission and notification is as follows:

  • Submission deadline: 7th September 2009
  • Notification: 10th September 2009
  • Final version: 28th September 2009

Position papers presented at the workshop will be made available to all participants of ISMAR 2009. However, they are not intended to be peer-reviewed publications, and will not be included in the IEEE digital library.


  • Christian Sandor (University of South Australia)
  • Itaru Kitahara (University of Tsukuba)
  • Gerhard Reitmayr (Graz University of Technology)
  • Steven Feiner (Columbia University)
  • Yuichi Ohta (University of Tsukuba)


For any further information, please consult the workshop webpage at [ISMAR 2009] [lets go out workshop] or email the organizers at ""

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