Title: Mixed reality for industrial applications: interactions in human-machine system and modelling in immersive virtual environment

Authors: Agostino G. Bruzzone; Gianfranco Fancello; Mariangela Daga; Bruno Leban; Marina Massei

Addresses: Simulation Team, DIME, University of Genoa, Genova, Italy ' Department of Civil Engineering, Environment and Architecture, University of Cagliari, Italy ' Department of Civil Engineering, Environment and Architecture, University of Cagliari, Italy ' DIMCM, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cagliari, Italy ' Simulation Team, DIME, University of Genoa, Genova, Italy

Abstract: The authors propose an innovative mixed reality solution representing an immersive intuitive and interoperable environment to support service in industrial plants. These methodologies are related to concepts of Industry 4.0. Proposed solutions are based on a mix of virtual and augmented reality. Indeed the authors propose an overview of this approach and other synergistic techniques. Moreover, alternative instruments are presented and their specific advantages and disadvantages are described. Particularly, the paper proposes an innovative approach based on the SPIDER, an advanced interoperable interactive CAVE developed by the authors which supports cooperative work of several users involved in training, troubleshooting and supervision. Also, the use of such technology and approach in other fields is presented, such as the validation of training equipment for bus driving and related motion platform integrated in the SPIDER; in this case the solution is running a simulator, named 'BBBuS', used for training and RsD activities.

Keywords: augmented reality; virtual reality; mixed reality; industrial plants; maintenance and operation; plant; service; interoperable simulation; vibrational spectra; mobile platform.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSPM.2019.099910

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling, 2019 Vol.14 No.2, pp.165 - 177

Received: 19 Jun 2018
Accepted: 30 Nov 2018

Published online: 17 May 2019 *

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