Sylaiou S., Fidas C. Supporting People with Visual Impairments in Cultural Heritage Realms: Survey and Future Research Directions. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Special issue on International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 2022.
Abstract: This literature review surveys published research that aims to foster blind and visually impaired (VI) people’s engagement with cultural heritage. The reviewed papers cover a broad area of methodological approaches, outlining challenges and solutions for empowering VI people to enjoy cultural heritage sites and museums, mainly with the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Fifty (50) papers are included in this survey, published between 2008 and 2021. They mostly focus on multisensory, multimodal, and interdisciplinary, ICT-based assistive human- centered computing approaches. These methods often optimize the VI user experience through an effort to gain an in-depth understanding of this special group’s needs. Moreover, several publications include user evaluations and empirical studies. Findings suggest that approaches tend to become more complex, multimodal, and multidisciplinary as time progresses. This leads to a discussion and conclusions suggesting future research directions in this domain. The proposed way forward re lates to a synthesis of methodologies, scientific domains, and approaches into a more holistic, comprehensive, and synergetic model.
Sylaiou S., Fidas C. (2022). First Results of a Survey Concerning the Use of Digital Human Avatars in Museums and Cultural Heritage Sites. IMET 2022 (2nd International Conference on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies).
Abstract: The paper presents the first results of a survey on the use of digital human avatars in museums and places of cultural interest. The papers included in this survey have been published between 2003 and 2022. The research questions examined were related to (a) the technological characteristics of Cultural Heritage-related uses of digital human avatars and patterns that emerge, (b) what affects their potential for audience engagement and (c) what directions may be suggested for future research based on the findings of this review.