Special issue on Augmented and Virtual Reality in the Time of COVID-19: Design, Innovation, and Evaluation of Immersive Applications

Guest Editors:

  • Maria C.R. Harrington
  • Carolina Cruz-Neira
  • Gregory Welch
  • Ben Noel
  • David Wells

Please direct questions to: maria.harrington@ucf.edu 
For general and miscellaneous enquires contact VirtualReality@brunel.ac.uk

COVID-19 is the greatest global challenge since World War II, radically transforming the world, splitting it in two by those with digital access to markets, and those without.  The normal day-to-day activities of living are being evaluated by what is valued with respect to perceived risk. Especially powerful are those with access to immersive applications to continue and improve health, education, culture, work, family, play, and security. How will immersive technologies be used for good, designed to move society towards health, prosperity, and peace worldwide?

Focus of this call:  

We seek papers that address a focus on human value and meaningful social connection with immersive technologies and applications, and in the context of the individual isolation associated with a worldwide pandemic. Those that contain original and transformative research on design, innovation, and evaluation in topics critical to health and wellbeing and education are invited to apply for consideration.

Paper length and format:  

For this special issue we seek high quality papers of approximately 8-12 pages (8,000 words) comprising societal, technological, or creative scientific impact. Standard journal content includes reports of comprehensive review papers, innovative design, position papers, or original empirical research.

Submission and review process:

Important dates:

Paper submission deadline:             March 1, 2021
Anticipated notification of acceptance to authors: May 1, 2021
Revised papers received by:            July 1, 2021
Publication online first:                    approx. September 2021