November 19th, 2014 Comments off

The EU2014 conference on The Empowerment of the Next Generation of Researchers “Promoting talents, spreading excellence” took place in the MUSE, Trento, from 18 to 19 November 2014 and was organised by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research in collaboration with the Autonomous Province of Trento.
The updated version of the VENTURI AR city technology demonstrator was shown by Lorenzo Porzi and Manuel Aravecchia. There was a great deal of interest from the attendees of the event who enjoyed playing with the virtual car inside the model city.

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International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras

November 7th, 2014 Comments off

From 4-7 November 2014 Lorenzo Porzi present the technology used in the panorARma VENTURI 3rd year AR demo Experience to augment pictures of mountainous landscapes with geo-referenced data at ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC 2014) in Venice (Italy).
His oral presentation was heard during the Mobile and Embedded Vision session concerning the image-to-DEM registration algorithm. Afterwards, he also participated to the PhD Forum with a presentation on sensor fusion for Android.

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insideAR 2014

October 30th, 2014 Comments off


metaio presented the VENTURI research project at its annual insideAR 2014 conference on augmented reality, which took place in Munich on the 29th and 30th October. A typical part of the conference is the presentation of funded research projects that Metaio is involved in. VENTURI was shown in that context at a booth dedicated to research projects.

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WiMob 2014

October 10th, 2014 Comments off

Between the 8th and 10th October 2014, Manuel Aravecchia presented a paper on “Gaussian process for RSS-based Localisation”at Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (WiMob 2014) in Larnaca, (Cyprus). The paper proposes a novel indoor localisation system for mobile devices, based on the analysis of the signals a device receives from WiFi (or Bluetooth) access points that are present in the environment. This technology can help to estimate user location in indoor environments where the information provided by GPS is typically unavailable or unreliable.

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Workshop on Assistive Computer Vision and Robotics

September 12th, 2014 Comments off

On the 12th September 2014, at the Workshop on Assistive Computer Vision and Robotics (ACVR) in Zurich (Switzerland) Paul Chippendale gave a 20 minute presentation about the VENTURI funded research relating to the 2nd year prototype that focused on a Personal Shopping Assistance and Navigator System for Visually Impaired People.

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September 5th, 2014 Comments off


Between the 1st and 5th of September, Lorenzo Porzi from FBK presented a paper on “Personalizing a Smartwatch-based Gesture Interface with Transfer Learning” at the European Signal Processing Conference. The paper was presented in the Signal Processing Applications poster session, and described a system where a Smartwatch can be exploited to provide hands-free interaction through arm gestures with an assistive application running on a Smartphone. This system advanced the gesture recognition technology used in the VENTURI 2nd year demonstrator with a transfer learning-based personalization algorithm.

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ICPR 2014

August 28th, 2014 Comments off


On the 28th August, Elisa Ricci presented a paper at the 22nd International Conference on Pattern Recognition, Stockholm (Sweden)
ICPR is an international forum to discuss recent advances in the fields of Pattern Recog-nition; Machine Learning and Computer Vision and on applications of these technologies in various fields. Elisa Ricci and her co-authors developed an approach for unsupervised scene analysis to detect relevant spatiotemporal patterns in complex scenes. She presented a paper to estimate spatiotemporal activity based on the fusion of nearby activities and previous encounters with similar environments. In this way, they were able to make estimates of local activity and to predict how the local environment might evolve, a key requirement for immersive AR experiences.

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My Augmented Reality

July 15th, 2014 Comments off

Following a request of the European Commission, metaio participated in the creation of the video “My Augmented Reality” explaining the importance of research projects such as VENTURI for technology development at metaio. The video is published on YouTube, but will also be featured on the webpage of the European Commission and on Metaio’s website.

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April 24th, 2014 Comments off


Between the 21th and 24th April 2014, Håkan Jonsson from Sony presented a VENTURI related paper at the 9th IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and In-formation Processing (IEEE ISSNIP 2014), in Singapore. Håkan presented his paper on “A comparison of two proximity networks” in the Symposium on Human- Centric Sensing and Social Networks. The paper presents a comparative analysis of two different prox-imity networks (Memorit and MIT Reality Mining), drawing conclusions on how well they capture real life social context.

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VENTURI features in CORDIS

April 17th, 2014 No comments

On the 16th April 2014 an article dedicated to the VENTURI project, named “Augmented Reality: Bringing History and the Future to Life” was published on the CORDIS website. The article discusses the project’s involvement in a future AR installation called Très Cloîtres Numérique, due to be launched this summer in the historic center of Grenoble. The article can also be found in Italian, German and French.

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