1st Intenational ICST Conference on Immersive Telecommunications & Workshops

Research Article

The VIL (Virtual Immersive Learning) Test-Bed

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.IMMERSCOM2007.2110,
        author={Franco Davoli and Gianluca Massei and Amedeo Scarpiello and Sandro Zappatore},
        title={The VIL (Virtual Immersive Learning) Test-Bed},
        proceedings={1st Intenational ICST Conference on Immersive Telecommunications \& Workshops},
        proceedings_a={IMMERSCOM},
        year={2010},
        month={5},
        keywords={Distance learning Remote Measurement Virtual Reality Scene Analysis Cooperative work Graphical User Interface Context Awareness Immersive interaction.},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.IMMERSCOM2007.2110}
    }
    
  • Franco Davoli
    Gianluca Massei
    Amedeo Scarpiello
    Sandro Zappatore
    Year: 2010
    The VIL (Virtual Immersive Learning) Test-Bed
    IMMERSCOM
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.IMMERSCOM2007.2110
Franco Davoli1,*, Gianluca Massei2,*, Amedeo Scarpiello2,*, Sandro Zappatore3,*
  • 1: National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT)Via Opera Pia 13, I-16145 Genova, Italy +39 010 3532732
  • 2: National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT) Via Diocleziano 328, I-80125 Naples, Italy +39 081 2303311
  • 3: National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT)Via Opera Pia 13, I-16145 Genova, Italy +39 010 3532990
*Contact email: franco.davoli@cnit.it, gianluca.massei@cnit.i, amedeo.scarpiello@cnit.it, sandro.zappatore@cnit.it

Abstract

The Virtual Immersive Learning (VIL) test-bed implements a virtual collaborative immersive environment, capable of integrating natural contexts and typical gestures, which may occur during traditional lectures, enhanced with advanced experimental sessions. The main aim of the paper is to describe the test-bed motivations, as well as the most significant choices, both hardware and software, adopted for its implementation. The novelty of the authors’ approach essentially relies on its capability of remarking and emphasizing results that are the output of the national project VICOM, and “putting the pieces together” in a well-integrated framework. These features, along with its high portability, good flexibility, and, above all, low cost, make this approach appropriate for educational and training purposes, mainly concerning measurements on telecommunication systems, at universities and research centers, as well as enterprises. Moreover, the methodology can be employed for remote access to and sharing of costly measurement equipment in many different fields of activity.