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  • Name

    David Gonçalves Narciso
  • Cluster

    Computer Science
  • Role

    Research Assistant
  • Since

    12th January 2016
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Publications

2016

Does 3D 360 video enhance user's VR experience?: An Evaluation Study

Authors
Bessa, Maximino; Melo, Miguel; Narciso, David; Barbosa, Luis; Raposo, JoseVasconcelos;

Publication
Proceedings of the XVII International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Interacción 2016, Salamanca, Spain, September 13 - 16, 2016

Abstract
Technology for virtual reality has evolved at a fast pace and so is its affordability. Equipment such as head-mounted displays are now available for the average consumer at reasonable prices and this potentiates the use of contents such as video 360 in a more natural way. The purpose of this study was to measure the sense of presence and cybersickness comparing subjects by gender while experiencing a virtual reality application composed by type of VIDEO (360 video and 3D 360 video) using an head-mounted display. A Portuguese version of the Igroup Presence Questionnaire (IPQ) was used together with the Simulator Sickness Questionnaire (SSQ). The results have revealed that there are no significant differences across 2D and 3D videos in the sense of presence or cybersickness. © 2016 ACM.

2015

Cost-effective and lightweight mobile units for MixAR: a comparative trial among different setups

Authors
Padua, L; Narciso, D; Adao, T; Cunha, A; Peres, E; Magalhaes, L;

Publication
CONFERENCE ON ENTERPRISE INFORMATION SYSTEMS/INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PROJECT MANAGEMENT/CONFERENCE ON HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGIES, CENTERIS/PROJMAN / HCIST 2015

Abstract
Cultural heritage has arousing the interest of the general public (e.g. tourists), resulting in the increasing number of visitations to archaeological sites. However, many buildings and monuments are severely damaged or completely destroyed, which doesn't allow to get a full experience of "travelling in time". Over the years, several Augmented Reality (AR) approaches were proposed to overcome these issues by providing three-dimensional visualization of reconstructed ancient structures in situ. However, most of these systems were made available through heavy and expensive technological bundles. Alternatively, MixAR intends to be a lightweight and cost-effective Mixed Reality system which aims to provide the visualization of virtual ancient buildings reconstructions in situ, properly superimposed and aligned with real-world ruins. This paper proposes and compares different AR mobile units setups to be used in the MixAR system, with low-cost and lightweight requirements in mind, providing different levels of immersion. It was propounded four different mobile units, based on: a laptop computer, a single-board computer (SBC), a tablet and a smartphone, which underwent a set of tests to evaluate their performances. The results show that mobile units based on laptop computer and SBC reached a good overall performance while mobile units based on tablet and smartphone did not meet such a satisfactory result even though they are acceptable for the intended use. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.

2015

MixAR Mobile Prototype: Visualizing Virtually Reconstructed Ancient Structures In Situ

Authors
Narciso, D; Padua, L; Adao, T; Peres, E; Magalhaes, L;

Publication
CONFERENCE ON ENTERPRISE INFORMATION SYSTEMS/INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PROJECT MANAGEMENT/CONFERENCE ON HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGIES, CENTERIS/PROJMAN / HCIST 2015

Abstract
Archeology and related areas have a special interest on cultural heritage sites since they provide valuable information about past civilizations. However, the ancient buildings present in these sites are commonly found in an advanced state of degradation which difficult the professional/expert analysis. Virtual reconstructions of such buildings aim to provide a digital insight of how these historical places could have been in ancient times. Moreover, the visualization of such models has been explored by some Augmented Reality (AR) systems capable of providing support to experts. Their compelling and appealing environments have also been applied to promote the social and cultural participation of general public. The existing AR solutions regarding this thematic rarely explore the potential of realism, due to the following lacks: the exploration of mixed environments is usually only supported for indoors or outdoors, not both in the same system; the adaptation of the illumination conditions to the reconstructed structures is rarely addressed causing a decrease of credibility. MixAR [1] is a system concerned with those challenges, aiming to provide the visualization of virtual buildings augmented upon real ruins, allowing soft transitions among its interiors and exteriors and using relighting techniques for a faithful interior illumination, while the user freely moves in a given cultural heritage site, carrying a mobile unit. Regarding the focus of this paper, we intend to report the current state of MixAR mobile unit prototype, which allows visualizing virtual buildings - properly aligned with real-world structures - based on user's location, during outdoor navigation. In order to evaluate the prototype performance, a set of tests were made using virtual models with different complexities. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.

2015

Towards Modern Cost-effective and Lightweight Augmented Reality Setups

Authors
Pádua, L; Adão, T; Narciso, D; Cunha, A; Magalhães, L; Peres, E;

Publication
IJWP

Abstract
Augmented Reality (AR) has been widely used in areas such as medicine, education, entertainment and cultural heritage to enhance activities that include (but are not limited to) teaching, training and amusement, through the completion of the real world with viewable and usually interactive virtual data (e.g. 3D models, geo-markers and labels). Despite the already confrmed AR benefts in the referred areas, many of the existing AR systems rely on heavy and obsolete hardware bundles composed of several devices and numerous cables that usually culminate in considerably expensive solutions. This issue is about to be tackled through the recent technological developments which currently enable the production of small-sized boards with remarkable capabilities - such as processing, visualization and storage - at relatively low prices. Following this line of reasoning, this paper proposes and compares fve different multi-purpose AR mobile units, running Windows or Android operating systems, having in mind low-cost and lightweight requirements and different levels of immersion: a laptop computer, two tablets, a smartphone and smartglasses. A set of tests was carried out to evaluate the proposed unit performance. Moreover, a set of users' assessments was also conducted, highlighting an overall acceptance regarding the use of the proposed units in AR applications. This paper is an extension of a previous work (Pádua et al., 2015) in which a conceptual architecture for mobile units - complying with AR requirements (including visualization, processing, location and communication) for indoor or outdoor utilization - was presented, along with a shorter set of lightweight and cost-effective AR mobile units and respective performance tests. Copyright © 2015,.