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Augmented Reality Summer School 2018

September 2 – 8, 2018

Torre dell’Orso (Lecce), Italy


Unlike the virtual reality technology that completely immerses users inside a synthetic environment where they cannot see the real world around them, Mixed Reality (MR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies permit the real-time fusion of computer-generated digital contents with the real world and allow the creation of fascinating new types of user interfaces.

AR supplements reality rather than completely replacing it and the user is under the impression that the virtual and real objects coexist in the same space. The virtual objects help user to perform real-world tasks better by displaying information that cannot directly detect with own senses.

Many applications of MR/AR technologies have been developed in different fields (medicine, education, arts and cultural heritage, entertainment, military, and manufacturing). Recently, new concepts such as Natural User Interfaces and Mobile Immersion have emerged and permit to combine AR/MR technologies with new mobile human-machine interfaces. Consequently, mobile immersion will allow users to move away from purely physical communication mode to a mixed/augmented reality communication, interaction and collaboration mode. Interactions will be natural and augmentations will become ubiquitous.

The main aim of the Augmented Reality Summer School is to propose a privileged moment for stimulating discussions and exchanging scientific experiences and technical results related to this technology.

The main thematic areas of the Augmented Reality Summer School are:

– medicine
– cultural heritage and arts
– education
– games and serious games


Important Dates

– registration deadline and fee payment: July 31, 2018
– AR Summer School: September 2 – 8, 2018


Scientific Committee

Lucio Tommaso De Paolis, University of Salento, Italy
Marco Sacco, ITIA-CNR, Italy
Patrick Bourdot, CNRS/LIMSI, University Paris-Sud, France
Paolo Proietti, MIMOS, Italy
Giovanni Aloisio, University of Salento, Italy
Monica Bordegoni, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Vincenzo Ferrari, EndoCAS Center, Italy
Emanuele Frontoni, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy
Roberto Scopigno, CNR-ISTI, Italy
Vitoantonio Bevilacqua, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
Jaume Segura Garcia, Universitat de València, Spain
Fabrizio Nunnari, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Saarbrücken, Germany
Mariano Alcañiz, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Paolo Sernani, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy
Jaume Segura Garcia, Universitat de València, Spain
Roberto Pierdicca, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy


Local Organizing Committee

Lucio Tommaso De Paolis, University of Salento, Italy: Scientific Organization
Ilenia Paladini, University of Salento, Italy: General Organization and Communication
Silke Miss, Virtech, Italy: Logistic


Program at a Glance

Schermata 2018-05-13 alle 11.20.02


Lecture 1: AR in medicine and surgery: potentialities and available technologies
Vincenzo FerrariEndoCAS Center, Italy


Practical Lectures

Practical Lecture 1: Generation and authoring of 3D content for augmented reality applications
Fabrizio NunnariGerman Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Saarbrücken, Germany



How to participate

The Summer School is open to Ph.D. and Master students, post-doctoral researchers and academic or industrial researchers. PhD students will receive credits (CFU).

The Augmented Reality Summer School fee is € 650 and includes lectures, daily lunches and coffee breaks as well as social activities.

The payment of the conference participation fee can be carried out:

  • by bank transfer
  • by credit card

Details will be available in the next weeks.

For further information, please contact organizers at


Venue and accommodation

The AR Summer School will be held at the Hotel Belvedere in Torre dell’Orso (Melendugno), Lecce, Italy. Special rates reserved for AR Summer School 2018 participants.

Hotel Belvedere
Via Alessandro Volta, 37
73026 Torre dell’Orso (Melendugno), Lecce, Italy
phone: +39 0832 841244


B&B Casa del Turista
phone: +39 0832 841006

Campeggio Sentinella
phone: +39 389 203 8450

Agricampeggio Lama Torre Dell’Orso
phone: +39 339 257 9086




Shuttle service

A shuttle service (not included in the registration fee) will be available from Brindisi airport to the school venue in Torre dell’Orso and vice versa.

More information will be available in the next weeks.


Social events

Sunday 2nd September – Welcome cocktail

To welcome the participants at the school venue, a special cocktail will be offered to all attendants in the wonderful atmosphere of the Hotel Belvedere.


Pizzica dance show

Pizzica is a popular Italian folk dance, originally from the Salento peninsula  and later spreading throughout all the Puglia and Calabria regions and eastern Basilicata. The traditional pizzica is danced while embracing a partner. This hug need not necessarily involve two individuals of opposite sexes, and often two women can be seen dancing together.



Beach activities


Guided visit of Otranto

Otranto is a historic seaside town and port on the Adriatic coast of southern Italy, in the region of Puglia. It’s a small place with a lovely holiday atmosphere, and the picture-perfect blue waters, white buildings and diving rocks make Otranto the frequent cover star of maps, books and articles about Puglia.

Bloodied and bruised by an infamous Turkish massacre in 1480, Otranto is best appreciated in its amazing cathedral, where the bones of 813 martyrs are displayed in a glass case behind the altar. Less macabre is the cathedral’s other jaw-dropper, its medieval mosaic floor, which rivals the famous early Christian mosaics of Ravenna in its richness and historical significance.




phone: +39 0832 297736


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