The mixed reality of things: Emerging challenges for human-information interaction

Ryan P. Spicer, Stephen M. Russell, Evan Suma Rosenberg

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Virtual and mixed reality technology has advanced tremendously over the past several years. This nascent medium has the potential to transform how people communicate over distance, train for unfamiliar tasks, operate in challenging environments, and how they visualize, interact, and make decisions based on complex data. At the same time, the marketplace has experienced a proliferation of network-connected devices and generalized sensors that are becoming increasingly accessible and ubiquitous. As the nternet of Things" expands to encompass a predicted 50 billion connected devices by 2020, the volume and complexity of information generated in pervasive and virtualized environments will continue to grow exponentially. The convergence of these trends demands a theoretically grounded research agenda that can address emerging challenges for human-information interaction (HII). Virtual and mixed reality environments can provide controlled settings where HII phenomena can be observed and measured, new theories developed, and novel algorithms and interaction techniques evaluated. In this paper, we describe the intersection of pervasive computing with virtual and mixed reality, identify current research gaps and opportunities to advance the fundamental understanding of HII, and discuss implications for the design and development of cyber-human systems for both military and civilian use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNext-Generation Analyst V
EditorsTimothy P. Hanratty, James Llinas
ISBN (Electronic)9781510609150
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event5th Conference on Next-Generation Analyst - Anaheim, United States
Duration: Apr 10 2017Apr 11 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


Conference5th Conference on Next-Generation Analyst
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work depicted here is sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) under contract number W911NF-14-D-0005.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 SPIE.


  • Human-Information Interaction
  • Mixed Reality
  • Virtual Reality


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