The 5th generation of mobile communications promises a lot: highest data rates, low latency, high reliability, high availability and at the same time high energy efficiency. The Center for HCI is involved in designing human-centered applications of 5G technology. We research how 5G might enable real-time collaboration through immersive technologies such as augmented reality for urban planning, as well as user experience in navigation and real-time feedback in sports.

Together with project partners, we are involved in 3 uses cases:

  • Collaborative urban planning: Participatory design for urban planning and design with immersive technologies such as augmented and virtual reality. Users will be able to interact with each other in real time and jointly propose suggestions for the Science City Itzling area. The latency, the quality of the visualization and the user experience of the interactions will be tested through experiments involving collaborative scenarios.
  • 5D Smart Campus: Creation of a ‘smart’ 5D system (space, time & context) that enables ‘smart services’ for employees and students of the University of Salzburg and facility management at Science City Itzling through a combination of 3D data, fixed-position sensors and mobile devices.
  • Real-time feedback in sport: recording of movements using sensors, intelligent linking and processing of different sensor data and transmission of the results as real-time feedback to the athletes.

Project partners


The 5G Exploration Space Salzburg is funded as part of the WISS2025 strategy of the State of Salzburg. The necessary equipment and frequencies for the operation of the 5G network are provided by Salzburg AG. Science City Itzling and Campus Urstein will serve as test sites. ITG, the innovation center for Salzburg, is an associated partner.

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