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Towards Rapid Generation and Visualisation of Large 3D Urban Landscapes for Mobile Device Navigation

Brujic-Okretic, V., Gatzidis, C., Liarokapis, F. & Baker, S. (2008). Towards Rapid Generation and Visualisation of Large 3D Urban Landscapes for Mobile Device Navigation. Paper presented at the IEEE Virtual Reality Workshop on Virtual Cityscapes: Key Research Issues in Modeling Large-Scale Immersive Urban Environments, 8 - 9 Aug 2008, Reno, Nevada.


In this paper a procedural 3D modelling solution for mobile devices is presented based on scripting algorithms allowing for both the automatic and also semi-automatic creation of photorealistic quality virtual urban content. The combination of aerial images, GIS data, 2D ground maps and terrestrial photographs as input data coupled with a user-friendly customized interface permits the automatic and interactive generation of large-scale, accurate, georeferenced and fully-textured 3D virtual city content, content that can be specially optimized for use with mobile devices but also with navigational tasks in mind. Furthermore, a user-centred mobile virtual reality (VR) visualisation and interaction tool operating on PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) for pedestrian navigation is also discussed. Via this engine, the import and display of various navigational file formats (2D and 3D) is supported, including a comprehensive front-end user-friendly graphical user interface providing immersive virtual 3D navigation.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Library & Information Science
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