In a situated simulation (sitsim) there is approximate identity between the user's visual perception of the real physical environment and the user's visual perspective into a 3D graphics environment as it is represented on the screen. The relative congruity between the real and the virtual perspectives is obtained by letting the camera position and movement in the 3D environment be conditioned by the positioning and orientation hardware. As the user moves in real space the perspective inside the 3D graphic environment changes accordingly. A situated simulation requires a smartphone/tablet with good graphics capabilities, GPS-positioning, accelerometer, electronic compass and gyroscope.
A sitsim is closely related to mixed and augmented reality. While mixed reality is characterized by different combinations of virtual and real representations along the reality-virtuality continuum, a situated simulation is a 'clean screen' solution where there is a distinct (although minor) difference between the virtual (audio–visual) perspective via the device and the real perspective of the user. This approach has also been labeled 'Indirect Augmented Reality'.
The development is conducted in close collaboration with Tomas Stenarson at CodeGrind AB and Šarūnas Ledas at Tag of Joy, Larry Friedlander (Stanford University), Terje Rasmussen (University of Oslo) and Andrew Morrison (AHO). The research has been funded by the VERDIKT-programme (The INVENTIO-project) and the KLIMAFORSK-programme (The ClimSim-preproject), Norwegian Research Council; EngageLab at University of Oslo; Dept. of Media & Communication, University of Oslo; Norway Opening Universities; Arts Council Norway (ABM-utvikling); and Oslo Science Park (Forskningsparken).
Sitsim Apps (free)!
'Roman Forum’ (v. 1.2) is available for download on both iOS and Android!
'Nytt Museum' (v. 2.0) download iOS and (v. 1.0) Android!
'Vikinghallen' (v. 2.0) download iOS.
The Roman Forum App was a Unity Award Finalist at Unite 2013!
Several video demonstrations of sitsims in use are available online:
Video sequence of the Via Appia sitsim prototype (April 2014, unedited)
Climate Change – Sitsim DEMO III (February 2014)
Video sequence of the Ancient Phalasarna sitsim (tested in July 2013)
Video illustration of the Jerusalem HolyMount sitsim in use (March 2013)
Video clips of the Roman Forum sitsim in use (October 2012, unedited)
Video clips of the Nytt Museum sitsim in use (November 2012, unedited)
Sitsim DEMO II (July 2010)
Situated Simulation DEMO (November 2009).
- Liestøl, G. & Morrison, A. (2015) 'The power of place and perspective: sensory media and situated simulations in urban design', in de Souza e Silva, A. & Sheller, M. (Eds.) Mobility and Locative Media: Mobile Communication in Hybrid Spaces (Changing Mobilities). New York: Routledge 2015, pp. 207-22
- Liestøl, G. (2014) 'Along the Appian Way. Storytelling and Memory across Time and Space in Mobile Augmented Reality', in M. Ioannides et al. (Eds.) Progress in Cultural Heritage: Documentation, Preservation, and Protection. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, pp 248-257.
- Liestøl, G. & Friedlander, L. (2013) 'Jerusalem's Holy Mount. On Palimpsestic Places in Situated and Sensory Media' in Addison, A. C., Guidi, G., De Luca, L., and Pescarin, S. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 2013 Digital Heritage International Congress, IEEE, Vol. 1, pp. 429–433.
- Liestøl, G. & Morrison, A. (2013) 'Views, Alignment and Incongruity in Indirect Augmented Reality' in Proceedings of ISMAR 2013, IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality - Arts, Media and Humanities. 1-4 Oct. 2013, pp 23-28.
- Engmark, U. J. (2013) 'Reliability in Situated Simulations' in International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM), Vol 7, No. 3 (2013), pp 30–37 (Open acceess).
- Liestøl, G. (2013) 'Topics of Innovation. Towards a Method of Invention and Innovation in Digital Media Design' in Storsul, T. & Krumsvik, A. H. (Eds.) Media Innovations. A Multidisciplinary Study of Change. Gothenburg: NORDICOM, pp. 61–74.
- Liestøl, G. (2012) 'Solving the Centre–Periphery Problem in Cultural Heritage by Means of Situated Simulations' in Iannides, M. et al (Eds.) Progress in Cultural Heritage Preservation. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2012, Volume 7616/2012, pp. 618–627. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer Verlag.
- Liestøl, G., Doksrød, A., Ledas, S. and Rasmussen, T. (2012) ‘Sensory Media: Multidisciplinary Approaches in Designing a Situated & Mobile Learning Environment for Past Topics’ in International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM), Vol 6 (2012), pp 18–24 (Open access).
- Liestøl, G., Rasmussen, T. and Stenarson, T. ‘Mobile Innovation: Designing & Evaluatiing Situated Simulations’ in Digital Creativity 2011, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 172–184. Abingdon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group (2011).
- Liestøl, G. ‘Situated Simulations between Virtual Reality and Mobile Augmented Reality: Designing a Narrative Space’ in B. Furht (Ed.) Handbook of Augmented Reality, Springer (2011).
- Liestøl, G. 'Learning through Situated Simulations: Exploring Mobile Augmented Reality.' (Research Bulletin 1, 2011). Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, 2011 (open access, registration required).
- Fredheim, H. 'Emphasized Landmarks for Mental Calibration in a Mobile Augmented Reality Application' in Kinshuk et. al. (Eds.) Proceedings of Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA 2010), IADIS Press.
- Fleischer Orkelbog, V. 'Situated Simulation as a Learning Tool – Experiencing Forum Iulium with the iPhone' in Kinshuk et. al. (Eds.) Proceedings of Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA 2010), IADIS Press.
- Liestøl, G and Rasmussen, T. 'In the Presence of the Past. A field trial evaluation of a situated simulation design reconstructing a viking burial scene' in Szücs, A. and Tait, A. W. (Eds.) Media Inspirations for Learning. Proceedings of EDEN 2010. Budapest: EDEN Secretariat, ℅ Budapest University of Technology an Economics 2010.
- Liestøl, G. 'Situated Simulations: A Prorotyped Augmented Reality Genre for Learning on the iPhone' in International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM), Vol 3 (2009), pp (Open access).
- Liestøl, G. 'Augmented Reality and Digital Genre Design - Situated Simulations on the iPhone' in Proceedings of ISMAR 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality - Arts, Media and Humanities. 19-22 Oct. 2009, pp 29-34.
The project has so far been presented at the following conferences: IMCL 2009, EISTA 2009, ISMAR 2009, ICCE 2009, EDEN 2010, MLearn 2010, CELDA 2010, ScandAR 2010, WARM 2011, ScandAR 2011, Locale & Mobile 2012, CAA 2012, DREAM 2012, MobileHCI2012, EuroMed2012, WARM 2013, Museums and the Web 2013, Nordmedia 2013, Digital Heritage 2013, ISMAR 2013, NODEM 2013, EUROMED 2014, EUscreenXL 2014 and VSMM 2014.