Spatial computing (SC) is a set of ideas and technologies that will transform human understanding of the physical world, agreed attendees at the recently held Spatial Computing-2020 workshop, which exhibited diversity across organizations, disciplines, topics, and communities.
Large organizations already use SC for site selection, asset tracking, facility management, navigation, and logistics. Meanwhile, augmented reality applications enable real-time place-labeling in the physical world and provide users with detailed information about major landmarks in the area.
SC could have transformative potential in many other areas as well. The McKinsey Global Institute recently published a report estimating that smart routing could have a global worth of about $500 billion by 2020, in terms of fuel and time saved. However, current SC research is spread out among many sub-disciplines, which is holding back its scientific development.
The Spatial Computing-2020 workshop featured breakout sessions grouped by SC science, system, services, and cross-cutting areas. The workshop identified fundamental research questions for individual computing disciplines and cross-cutting research questions requiring novel, multi-disciplinary solutions. The workshop also identified the key objectives, challenges, and transformative potential of SC, and facilitated a common understanding between several communities.
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