TitleThe City of Sights: Design, Construction, and Measurement of an Augmented Reality Stage Set
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsGruber, L., S. Gauglitz, J. Ventura, S. Zollmann, M. Huber, M. Schlegel, G. Klinker, D. Schmalstieg, and T. Höllerer
Conference NameInternational Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality

We describe the design and implementation of a physical and vir- tual model of an imaginary urban scene — the “City of Sights” — that can serve as a backdrop or “stage” for a variety of Augmented Reality (AR) research. We argue that the AR research community would benefit from such a standard model dataset which can be used for evaluation of such AR topics as tracking systems, mod- eling, spatial AR, rendering tests, collaborative AR and user inter- face design. By openly sharing the digital blueprints and assembly instructions for our models, we allow the proposed set to be phys- ically replicable by anyone and permit customization and experi- mental changes to the stage design which enable comprehensive exploration of algorithms and methods. Furthermore we provide an accompanying rich dataset consisting of video sequences under varying conditions with ground truth camera pose. We employed three different ground truth acquisition methods to support a broad range of use cases. The goal of our design is to enable and im- prove the replicability and evaluation of future augmented reality research.