ATLANTIS: Authoring Tool for Augmented and Diminished Reality

DIGITAL continues to expand its expertise in the field of smart media and coordinates the European research project ATLANTIS "AuThoring tooL for indoor Augmented and dimiNished realiTy experIenceS", which will provide an authoring tool for augmented reality that will help design experts better communicate their concepts.

Authoring Tool für Anwendungen in Innenarchitektur
Credit: Roomle


Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology for visually inserting computer-generated objects into real environments, which has high potential for applications like interior design, furniture retailing or the sale or renovation of real estate. This can make the communication processes with a customer or future user during the planning and design phase more effective and provide the end customer with a better experience.


Creating AR scenes is still a complex process and requires the necessary IT skills. ATLANTIS committed to developing an authoring tool that can be used by interior design and sales professionals. This is made possible by the use of AI technologies for the automatic determination of the room layout and the recognition and segmentation of objects in the room. With ATLANTIS, the user can also visually remove real objects in the scene, for example to replace them by computer generated objects, thereby avoiding annoying overlay. This technology is known as Diminished Reality (DR). Filling in the uncovered background is also made possible by AI methods.


The ATLANTIS project has a duration of 20 months and is co-funded by the European Commission as part of the EU program Horizon 2020 as a cooperative research project. DIGITAL heads  the project consortium as coordinator. The consortium includes two distinguished centers for applied research (JOANNEUM RESEARCH and CERTH, Center for Research and Technology Hellas), an innovative Austrian SME (ROOMLE GmbH) bringing AR services for interior design, and experts in user experience and product innovation (USABILITY PARTNERS AB), which ensure the effectiveness and usability of the tool. Georg Thallinger, long-time Research Manager at DIGITAL, is the coordinator of the project.


Over many years, the research team at “Smart Media Solutions” has built up in-depth knowledge in the development of visual analysis and processing technologies for media content. This includes the modeling, integration and quality control of metadata as well as the provision of these technologies as applications and services for integration into systems from other manufacturers. It conducts research and development on AI methods for automatic analysis of videos based on their vast knowledge base from media analysis, including automatic film restoration and content-based indexing, summarization and retrieval.