Interactive Media Systems, TU Vienna

Collaborative Work with Volumetric Data Using Augmented Reality Videoconferencing

By István Barakonyi, Tamer Fahmy, Dieter Schmalstieg, and Karin Kosina


The Augmented Reality Videoconferencing System is a novel remote collaboration tool combining a desktop-based AR system and a videoconferencing module. The novelty of our system is the combination of these tools i.e. superimposing AR applications on live video background displaying the conference parties´ real environment, thus merging the advantages of videoconferencing (natural face-to-face communication) and AR (interaction with distributed virtual objects using tangible physical artifacts). We demonstrate the system´s collaborative features with a volume rendering application that allows users to display and examine volumetric data simultaneously and to highlight or explore slices of the volume by manipulating an optical marker as a cutting plane interaction device.


I. Barakonyi, T. Fahmy, D. Schmalstieg, K. Kosina: "Collaborative Work with Volumetric Data Using Augmented Reality Videoconferencing"; in: "Proceedings of ISMAR (2nd IEEE and ACM International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality)", IEEE Computer Society Press, 2003, ISBN: 0-7695-2006-5, 333 - 334.


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