Sarajevo War Tunnel VR Experience

Ivona Ivkovic

Supervisor(s): Selma Rizvic

University of Sarajevo

Abstract: Some cultural and historical heritage artifacts and monuments cannot be visited or explored anymore. One of those is the Tunnel of hope, which enabled people to cross from the besieged city of Sarajevo to the free territory, bringing essential amounts of food, medical equipment, and weapons. The Tunnel was crucial for the defense of the city during the war in the 1990s. Presently, it is only partially accessible to visitors. The project aims to provide the users with the unique war experience of passing through the Sarajevo Tunnel of hope using immersive virtual reality. At the same time, the user is motivated to learn and to explore, which makes the application both entertaining and educational. The initial user evaluation shows that we succeeded to share the siege emotion and experience through this application.
Keywords: 3D Reconstruction, Human-Computer Interaction, VR
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Year: 2019