Augmented and Virtual Reality Summer School 2019

“Immersive Presence, Augmented Visualization and Advanced Interaction”


July 21 – 27, 2019

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.

Nowadays the 3D world has become very realistic and research has been focused on 3D interaction with specific interests in natural user interfaces and tangible interfaces. Since interaction is closely related to perception, sensory interfaces are continuously evolving for a perception that is now multi-sensory.

Many applications of VR/MR/AR technologies have been developed in different fields (medicine, education, arts and cultural heritage, entertainment, military, and industry). Recently, new concepts such as Natural User Interfaces and Mobile Immersion have emerged and permit to combine these 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 and Virtual Reality Summer School 2019 is to propose a privileged moment for stimulating discussions and exchanging scientific experiences and technical results related Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies.

The main thematic areas of the AVR Summer School 2019 are:

– medicine
– cultural heritage and arts
– architecture
– education
– industry and military
– games and serious games
– interaction and presence in virtual environment


Important Dates

– registration deadline and fee payment: June 30, 2019   July 12, 2019
– AVR Summer School: July 21-27, 2019


General Chair

Lucio Tommaso De Paolis, University of Salento, Italy


Scientific Committee

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
Donato Maniello, Studio Glowarp, Italy
Tommaso Pantaloni, Ubisive, Italy


Local Organizing Committee

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


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).

Ph.D. students are encouraged to submit their research-in-progress presentation during the summer school.
Researchers of university and industry who want to present the results of their projects or give a lecture on a specific topic concerning the augmented reality technology are welcome.

Any proposal to presentation from academic or industrial researchers and Ph.D. students has to be sent to info@salentoavr.it specifying the title of the presentation and a short abstract.


Preliminary program

AVR SS programme



Lecture 1: Augmented reality in medicine and surgeryLucio Tommaso De Paolis, University of Salento, Italy

Lecture 2: Engagement strategies in serious game design Pierpaolo Di Bitonto, Grifo Multimedia, Italy

Lecture 3: Virtual humansMassimo Bergamasco, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy

Lecture 4: MUVI – Virtual museum of daily lifeMaria Chiara Liguori, CINECA, Italy

Lecture 5: Human-Computer Interaction: haptic interfaces and advanced perceptionCarlo Alberto Avizzano, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy

Lecture 6: Sensing cultural heritage: user-centered approaches towards senseable spaces – Roberto Pierdicca, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy


Practical lectures

Practical lecture 1: 3D scene transposition in Unreal engine for VR interaction  – Daniele De Luca, CINECA, Italy

Practical lecture 2: VR images and videos with Blender for virtual toursDaniele De Luca, CINECA, Italy

Practical lecture 3: Creation and animation of interactive virtual characters for augmented and virtual environmentFabrizio Nunnari, DFKI, Germany


Researchers’ Presentations

Jesús Russián – University of the West of Scotland
Exploring Virtual Worlds with the DRC

Valerio De Luca – University of Salento, Italy
BRAVO: a Gaming Environment for the Treatment of ADHD



Team Competition

Team 1: Serkan Solmaz, Pedro Santos, Joachim Börger
Virtual Fitting Room

Team 2: Alessandro Evangelista, Francesco Laera
VR Tour of a Motorboat

Team 3: Lauris Taube, Magdalena Cyma-Weijchenig, Sergio Luis Herrera Gonzales, Jesús Eduardo Russián
Augmented Postcard


The Winner: Team 3






The Augmented and Virtual Reality Summer School fee is € 700 and includes lectures, daily lunches and coffee breaks as well as social activities.

The payment of the participation fee can be carried out:

  • by credit card
  • by bank transfer

Bank transfer details:
Beneficiary: AVR Med srl
Bank name: Banca Nazionale del Lavoro
IBAN: IT13V0100579650000000004381
Reason: AVR SS 2019 + name of person attending the school


For both payment modalities is mandatory to carry out the summer school registration.

To receive the invoice for the conference registration fee, please download here the application form and return it completed.



The AVR Summer School will take place in the conference room of the Rectorate of the University of Salento.

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Rettorato Sala Convegni
Università del Salento
Piazzetta Tancredi, 7
73100 Lecce

Social Events

Welcome cocktail

The cocktail has been postponed to Monday, July 22 at 19:00

More details will be provided during lectures.



Guided tour of Lecce town

Wednesday 24th July       18,30 – 20,00

More details will be provided during lectures.





Suggested accommodations

Grand Hotel Tiziano e dei Congressi

Via Porta d’Europa – 73100 Lecce


Palazzo Rollo

Via Vittorio Emanuele II, Lecce



e-mail: info@salentoavr.it
phone: +39 0832 297736



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