Special session 11:

eXtented Reality teleoperation and AI

Immersive and VR/XR technologies have remarkably progressed in the last decade and clearly shown the potential of dramatically increasing users’ performance when exploring and operating in remote environments. Additionally, artificial Intelligence methods, including machine learning and deep learning, have now become powerful enough to support visualization aspects and the decision-making process in teleoperation tasks.

In this Special Session, you are invited to submit contributions describing novel approaches to the use of virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality, related to tasks and application of telepresence and teleoperation, with particular attention to robotic applications. Contributions may also focus on applying novel artificial intelligence methods to this type of context and teleoperation.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • VR/AR/MR for robotic teleoperation
  • Immersive telepresence and systems
  • User interfaces for remote monitoring and intervention
  • Immersive human-machine interaction
  • Immersive robot navigation and tele-control
  • Medical robotics and VR/AR applications in healthcare
  • VR/AR and 3D vision for remote surgery and medical intervention
  • Image analysis for teleoperation
  • AI-assisted tele-control
  • AI-enhanced sensor data for teleoperation.

The best contributions will be suggested for publication in the Journal of Robotics (MDPI) special issue on “Immersive Teleoperation and AI” (www.mdpi.com/journal/robotics/special_issues/teleoperation_AI)

Organized by:

Salvatore Livatino

University of Hertfordshire, UK

Salvatore Livatino received the M.Sc. degree in computer science from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1993, and the Ph.D. degree in computer science and engineering from Aalborg University, Denmark, in 2003.

He was a Researcher with the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, from 1993 to 1997, with the University of Leeds, U.K., in 1995, with INRIA Grenoble, France, in 1996, and the University of Edinburgh, U.K., in 2001. He worked for 12 years at Aalborg University, first as Research Fellow, then as an Assistant Professor, and finally as an Associate Professor.

He is currently a Reader in Virtual Reality and Robotics with the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, U.K. His teaching experience has mostly been within problem-based learning and multidisciplinary education. He is the author of several journal and conference papers, and has contributed to many European and U.K., projects.

His research interests include virtual and augmented reality user interfaces for tele-exploration and tele-operation, and focus on the use of stereocopic-3D visualization and immersive technology, computer vision and graphics algorithms, with applications in the field of telerobotics, telemedicine, and control panels and dashboards.


contact: s.livatino@herts.ac.uk