Call for papers for “Advances in Virtual and Augmented Reality for Training and Assessment”: Special Issue

The recent advancements and growing ubiquity of Virtual and Augmented reality technologies have resulted in diverse, and sometimes initially unforeseen applications. Over the past several years, new possibilities for VR/AR to further develop the range, capability and effectiveness of training simulators have become prominent. In response to the increasing attention towards new and enhanced solutions for simulators used in training and education, the journal Advances in Human-Computer Interaction have invited TARG to propose a special issue in the area. The topic, Advances in Virtual and Augmented Reality for Training and Assessment, which will feature research articles focusing on different applications and solutions of VR/AR technology, especially towards training and performance assessment.

In order to stay ahead of the trends in the domain and communicate novel methods, best practices and value additions, there is a need for diverse and high-quality research within these new technological developments. By sharing these results and knowledge, further development and effectiveness of the research conducted will be enhanced. To enable this high quality and diversity in the articles published in the issue, a call for contributions have been published. The call includes potential subjects and further description of the intended issue. You can find more information about the call here:

“Innovating Maritime Training Simulators using Virtual and Augmented Reality (InnoTraining)” is an ongoing project aiming to develop a VR training simulator for maritime training. The project is developed and run by the TARG research group at the University College of Southeast Norway, in cooperation with Kongsberg Digital.

The lead guest editor is Salman Nazir, joined by distinguished professors and researchers: Davide Manca from Politecnico di Milano, Zaili Yang from Liverpool John Moores University and Tareq Ahram from University of Central Florida. The ideas in the call are also contributed by Steven Mallam and Sathiya K Renganayagalu, who have been directly involved in InnoTraining since the start of the project.


This opportunity to lead a special issue in the journal of Advances in Human-Computer Interaction will increase the visibility of the research group (TARG) and the University College of Southeast Norway, as it demonstrates the eagerness and dedication for developing new and enhanced solutions to the challenges in training and educations today. This will also strengthen the InnoTraining project funded by Research Council of Norway with Kongsberg Digital, both by pushing the project towards results and enabling sharing of current status and developments.