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Workshop: Augmented Reality Super Models

ISMAR workshop to be held at the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality 2010 (ISMAR 2010) on Wednesday 13th of October.


  • July 13, 2010: Homepage online.
  • July 16, 2010: Call for Papers is out.
  • August 27, 2010: Invited Talk Information available.
  • September 30, 2010: Schedule updated.
  • October 18, 2010: Slides and Videos uploaded.


High quality Augmented Reality applications depend crucially on 3D models for visualization, high-precision tracking and interaction. The generation and use of 3D models for AR has come a long way from static models, offline creation to online capture during operation. Parallel to this development, 3D models already have a long history of more than 20 years in Computer Vision and Image Processing. Recently, SLAM has become an important area closely linked to AR, since it inherently combines the task of self-localization and tracking, and the task of mapping and reconstructing the users environment.

The motivation of this workshop is to discuss the applications of 3D models in the field of AR, as well as to discuss the current state of the art in generation methods for high quality 3D models. In this respect we want to raise awareness for the large number of possible applications of 3D models in AR. The workshop will comprise of a paper session where modelling papers, late-breaking results and overviews over state-of-the-art are presented. In the afternoon, we will follow up with discussion sessions on different topics in Models for AR and a short closing session.

We want to collect ideas and thoughts of researches about desired properties of models, as well as debate about current and future needs of reconstruction methods for AR.

Preliminary Workshop Agenda


Time Agenda Items Speakers
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome/Opening Remarks Reitmayr
9:15 - 10:30 Invited Talk Takeshi Kurata: MR Models for Practical Evidence-Based Services
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break  
11:00 - 12:30 Paper Presentations Presentation of 6 modelling papers, 15 minutes each (10 minutes presentation and 5 minutes of questions). Full list of modelling papers and speakers below.
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch  
13:30 - 14:00 Discussion groups - Research Challenges

3*30 minutes theme sessions
  • Workspace-sized Modeling (Reitmayr)
  • Outdoor Modeling (Arth)
  • Indoor Modeling (TBD)
Each group should discuss and comment on the research challenges with respect to the given problem scale:
  • Static vs. Dynamic models
  • Rendering of models
  • Interaction with models
  • Editing of models
  • Standardization of models
  • Integration into other AR areas (e.g. social)
14:00 - 14:30 Group Presentations 5 minutes presentation of the most relevant outcome of the discussions. Joint discussion about the current state of the art in modelling and interaction with respect to relevant scientific questions and commercial needs.
14:30 - 14:45 Concluding Remarks (AR Supermodels Workshop) Reitmayr
14:45 - 15:00 Coffee Break  
15:00 - 16:00 Panel Discussion (together with Collaborative AR Workshop) Mark Billinghurst, Gerhard Reitmayr, Leila Alem, Steven Feiner, Bruce Thomas
16:00 - 16:15 Concluding Remarks (Collaborative AR Workshop)


Invited Talk

The invited talk at the workshop will be given by Takeshi Kurata and has the title

MR Models for Practical Evidence-Based Services


Evidence-Based X (EBX) has been attracting attention more and more. For instance, healthcare, medicine, and nursing are often put in X. The similar trends are gradually seen in the other fields such as service industries, since many service providers desire to improve service productivity based on scientific and engineering approaches. However, they often have to strongly rely on experience, intuition, and tacit knowledge due to temporal or financial restrictions, and it results in low productivity. Mixed Reality (MR) technology has the potential to realize Evidence-Based Service (EBS) if we can make MR technologies more practical. One of the key components of success is whether MR models including 3D geometry and semantic models can be obtained, utilized, and circulated considering the balance of efficiency and effectiveness in terms of cost, accuracy, the other benefits. In general, service cooperation are well-suited to establish a framework of load/cost sharing and functional enhancement among services and stakeholders. By applying such a framework to MR for EBS, the performance of real-world sensing can be improved by MR models and service-operation log, and meanwhile MR-model authoring and service operation can be facilitated by real-world sensing. In this talk, I present our own works relevant to MR for EBS such as interactive indoor modelling, pedestrian navigation, patrol inspection, behavior analysis and service redesign.

The slides of the talk can be downloaded here.


Modelling Papers

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

Talk Nr. Area Title Authors Slides & Videos
1 Interaction Snap-to-Feature Interface for Annotation in Mobile Augmented Reality Gun A. Lee, Ungyeon Yang, Yongwan Kim, Dongsik Jo, Ki-Hong Kim (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute ETRI, South Korea) Slides
2 Guided Reconstruction An Interactive Vision-based 3D Reconstruction Workflow for Industrial AR Applications Marion Langer, Selim BenHimane (metaio GmbH, Germany) Slides
3 Modeling City-Scale Reality Modeling from Community Photo Collections Pierre Fite-Georgel, Timothy Johnson, Jan-Michael Frahm (UNC, Chapel Hill, USA) Slides
4 Real-time Planar World Modeling for Augmented Reality Jonathan Ventura, Tobias Höllerer (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA) Slides
5 Modeling on Handhelds Interactive Image-based Model Building for Handheld Devices Pished Bunnun, Dima Damen, Sriram Subramanian, Walterio W. Mayol-Cuevas (University of Bristol, UK) Slides
Video 1
Video 2
Video 3
6 Towards Rapid 3D Reconstruction on Mobile Phones from Wide-Field-of-View Images Qi Pan (University of Cambridge, UK), Clemens Arth (Graz University of Technology, Austria), Ed Rosten (University of Cambridge, UK), Gerhard Reitmayr (Graz University of Technology, Austria) Slides


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


Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • SLAM
  • Online Reconstruction
  • Interactive Reconstruction
  • User Interfaces for Annotations and Modelling
  • User Generated Content in AR
  • New Sensors
  • GPU methods
  • Scalability of reconstruction frameworks from small workspaces up to urban environments
  • Computational considerations of modelling approaches

Participation is open to all attendees registering for the workshop, not only to presenters of modelling 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 Papers

The Call for Papers is also available for download as [PDF].

The workshop will be an opportunity to present short modelling papers on topics relevant for Mixed and Augmented Reality. To present at the workshop, submit a 4-page modelling paper using the TVCG paper template for ISMAR 2010 papers [] by sending it to the email address "". The modelling 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: September 6, 2010
  • Notification: September 20, 2010
  • Final version: October 1, 2010

Modelling papers presented at the workshop will be made available to all participants of ISMAR 2010. However, they are not intended to be peer-reviewed publications, and will not be included in the IEEE digital library.


  • Gerhard Reitmayr (TU Graz, Austria)
  • Clemens Arth (TU Graz, Austria)
  • Andrew Davison (Imperial College London, UK)
  • Walterio Mayol-Cuevas (University of Bristol, UK)
  • Anton van den Hengel (University of Adelaide, AUS)
  • Tobias Höllerer (UCSB, USA)
  • Takeshi Kurata (AIST, JPN)


For any further information, please consult the workshop webpage at [ISMAR 2010] [AR supermodels workshop] or email the organizers at ""

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