Publication at the IEEE VR DISCE 2021 Workshop

We presented our position paper Towards a Platform for Smart City-Scale Cognitive Assistance at the IEEE VR 2021 DISCE Workshop.

Thomas Rausch

By Thomas Rausch



Thomas Rausch and his colleagues presented a paper at the IEEE VR 2021 Workshop on Distributed Interactive Systems for Collaboration Experiences (DISCE), sharing the stage with names like Jeff Burke and Mark Billinghurst.


This position paper describes CognitiveAR, a system that seamlessly interfaces AR devices with smart city environments. Edge computing nodes distributed throughout the city enable multi-user cognitive assistance applications that require (1) real-time sensor data from the environment, such as approaching cars, and (2) computing resources for low-latency video processing. We discuss three such applications to elicit requirements for a platform to support them, and present our system design.

Paper preprint

Find a preprint of the paper here.

Cite the paper:

  title={Towards a Platform for Smart City-Scale Cognitive Assistance Applications},
  author={Rausch, Thomas and Hummer, Waldemar and Stippel, Christian and Vasiljevic, Silvio and Elvezio, Carmine and Dustdar, Schahram and Krösl, Katharina},
  booktitle={2021 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops (VRW)},


Here is a pre-recorded version of the workshop talk:

Here a recording of the live presentation (including Q&A starting at 1:13:50) at the DISCE workshop:

Virbela online experience

Our team during the workshop hanging out in Virbela: