Toward an Automated Pipeline for a Browser-Based, City-Scale Mobile 4D VR Application Based on Historical Images

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The process for automatically creating 3D city models from contemporary photographs and visualizing them on mobile devices is well established. 4D city models that can display a temporal dimension are far more complex to generate automatically. In this article, we focus on major challenges in the process of developing an automated pipeline, starting from content-based image retrieval applied to historical images, via automatic historical image orientation, up to visualization of the 4D data in Virtual Reality (VR). The result is an interactive browser-based device-rendered 4D visualization and information system for mobile devices. This pipeline has been in development since 2015. In this article, we present initial results and early-stage findings in the process of overcoming three major challenges on the way to 4D city models: (1) to identify photographs with corresponding views, (2) to reconstruct the position and orientation of photographs and (3) to design a user-centered, browser-based 4D mobile application.


TitelResearch and Education in Urban History in the Age of Digital Libraries
Redakteure/-innenFlorian Niebling, Sander Münster, Heike Messemer
Herausgeber (Verlag)Springer International Publishing AG
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-93186-5
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1 Jan. 2021

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Scopus 85123446923
ORCID /0000-0001-8338-6372/work/142233361
ORCID /0000-0003-2684-102X/work/142255218
ORCID /0000-0002-2456-9731/work/153654806