Special Issue on Real-Time Image Processing for Augmented Reality on Mobile Devices

Guest Editors:

Houbing Song, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA, Houbing.Song@erau.edu
Zhihan Lv, Qingdao University, China, lvzhihan@qdu.edu.cn
Jaime Lloret, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, jlloret@dcom.upv.es


In the last few years, remarkable progress has been made with mobile consumer devices. Modern smartphones and tablet computers offer multi-core processors and graphics processing units, which open up new application possibilities such as augmented reality, virtual reality, and 3D reconstruction. Augmented Reality (AR) is a key technology that will facilitate a paradigm shift in the way users interact with data and has only just recently been recognized as a viable solution for solving many critical needs. The AR technology can be used to visualize data from hundreds of sensors simultaneously overlaying relevant and actionable information over environments through a headset. Mobile devices make AR technology easily accessible in the field. With easier and more accessible use, a variety of different applications (besides video gaming) become more feasible. In summary, AR is an upcoming technology which is going to have a major impact on many applications. Currently, conducting AR is time consuming on mobile devices. This special issue is meant to address the implementation or real-time aspects of AR. The components in an AR system include color consistency, feature tracking, bundle adjustment, camera (self-)calibration, stereo matching, and multi-view stereo. Moreover, the high-level applications based on augmented reality, e.g. smart city, simulation, and industrial engineering, would require additional computational times.

This special session aims to offer the latest results addressing real-time image processing techniques for augmented reality. The thrust of this special issue is on the real-time aspects of augmented reality.

Real-Time topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Real-Time Augmented Reality
  • Real-Time Color Consistency in Augmented Reality
  • Real-Time Image Denoising in Augmented Reality
  • Real-Time Image Enhancement in Augmented Reality
  • Real-Time Image Super Resolution in Augmented Reality
  • Real-Time 3D Reconstruction in Augmented Reality
  • Real-Time Simultaneous Localization and Mapping on Mobile Devices
  • Real-Time Feature Tracking/Matching in Augmented Reality
  • Real-Time Bundle Adjustment in Augmented Reality
  • Real-Time Camera Pose Estimation in Augmented Reality
  • Real-Time Stereo Matching for Mobile Augmented Reality
  • Novel Parallel Computing Techniques for Augmented Reality
  • Novel Mobile Devices for Real-Time Augmented Reality

Important Dates:

Manuscripts submission deadline:     November 1, 2020
First notification:                                 March 1, 2021
Submission of revised manuscript:     May 1, 2021
Final notification:                                June 1, 2021

Submission Guidelines:

Authors from academia and industry working on the above research topics are invited to submit original manuscripts that have not been published and are not currently under review by other journals or conferences. Previously published conference papers should be clearly identified by the authors at the submission stage and an explanation should be provided about how such papers have been extended.  At least 30% of new content is expected.
All the papers will be peer-reviewed according to the JRTIP reviewing procedure.

Special issues are reviewed on a “fast track” basis. Prior to sending full manuscript submissions, it is highly recommended to query the appropriateness of submission by sending a 100-200 words abstract to the guest editors whose contact information are provided above.

Paper submissions for the special issue should follow the submission format and guidelines of the journal (https://www.springer.com/journal/11554/submission-guidelines).
Note that there is a page limit of 12 pages (double column format).

During the submission procedure in Editorial Manager (https://www.editorialmanager.com/rtip/default.aspx), authors should select ‘SI: Real-Time Image Processing for Augmented Reality on Mobile Devices' at the submission step 'Additional Information'.