Revisiting trends in augmented reality research: A review of the 2nd Decade of ISMAR (2008-2017)

Kangsoo Kim, Mark Billinghurst, Gerd Bruder, Henry Been Lirn Duh, Gregory F. Welch

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In 2008, Zhou et al. presented a survey paper summarizing the previous ten years of ISMAR publications, which provided invaluable insights into the research challenges and trends associated with that time period. Ten years later, we review the research that has been presented at ISMAR conferences since the survey of Zhou et al., at a time when both academia and the AR industry are enjoying dramatic technological changes. Here we consider the research results and trends of the last decade of ISMAR by carefully reviewing the ISMAR publications from the period of 2008-2017, in the context of the first ten years. The numbers of papers for different research topics and their impacts by citations were analyzed while reviewing them - which reveals that there is a sharp increase in AR evaluation and rendering research. Based on this review we offer some observations related to potential future research areas or trends, which could be helpful to AR researchers and industry members looking ahead.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8456568
Pages (from-to)2947-2962
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Augmented reality
  • Mixed reality
  • Survey
  • Trends

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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