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J. Cao, H. Mehmood, X. Liu, S. Tarkoma, E. Gilman and X. Su, "Fighting Pandemics With Augmented Reality and Smart Sensing-Based Social Distancing," in IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 65-75, 1 Jan.-Feb. 2023, doi: 10.1109/MCG.2022.3229107

Fighting pandemics with augmented reality and smart sensing-based social distancing

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Author: Cao, Jacky1; Mehmood, Hassan1; Liu, Xiaoli2;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
3Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-03-02


In a postpandemic world, remaining vigilant and maintaining social distancing are still crucial so societies can contain the virus and the public can avoid disproportionate health impacts. Augmented reality (AR) can visually assist users in understanding the distances in social distancing. However, integrating external sensing and analysis is required for social distancing beyond the users’ local environment. We present DistAR, an android-based application for social distancing leveraging AR and smart sensing using on-device analysis of optical images and environment crowdedness from smart campus data. Our prototype is one of the first efforts to combine AR and smart sensing technologies to create a real-time social distancing application.

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Series: IEEE computer graphics and applications
ISSN: 0272-1716
ISSN-E: 1558-1756
ISSN-L: 0272-1716
Volume: 43
Issue: 1
Pages: 65 - 75
DOI: 10.1109/MCG.2022.3229107
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This research work was supported by the Academy of Finland under Projects 323630, 319670, 325774, 345008, and 326305
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 323630
Detailed Information: 323630 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
319670 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
326305 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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