The Joint AREA-ETSI-XR4ALL Workshop “Engineering XR for the Future: Frameworks, Requirements and Future Research” – initially scheduled as an in-person workshop on 5-6 March in Munich HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

IMPORTANT: In view of the global COVID-19 situation and the related restrictions, the Programme Committee is reformatting the event into online sessions. This online content in a variety of formats will become available over time.

Two tracks are being developed:

  • one focused on standards and interoperability
  • and one on a research agenda for XR.

The Standards and Interoperability Track:

This track will focus on relevant standards for XR - existing and under development - and interoperability - principles and frameworks, how to design for it and best ways to reap its benefits. Interoperability is the ability for different information technology components, systems and software applications to communicate and exchange data. The exchange of data permits the users to visualize in context the information that has been exchanged between systems of different providers without translation, conversion or delays. Interoperability is one of the prerequisites for scalability in a diverse and healthy technology ecosystem.

Research Agenda Track:

In this track, participants will collaborate on a new industry research agenda that will shape the direction and funding of research projects in XR in Europe for the next decade. A research agenda is a strategic plan which guides researchers and those who support research through funding. The interactive sessions will continue the process of identifying the most pressing areas for future research in XR as expressed by participants and assess their availability and capacity to support and/or conduct projects in new research domains.

The online sessions will be of particular interest to:

  • engineers, researchers and business analysts supporting XR deployments,
  • XR experience and technology developers,
  • solution providers,
  • network service providers,
  • standards organizations and government agencies. 

Participants of the online sessions will:

  • benefit from unprecedented insights into the use of open and interoperable interfaces and components to ensure that AR and XR technologies will scale up and impact every industry in the next decade,
  • have the opportunity to shape the research agenda that will drive the direction and funding of research projects in XR in Europe for the next decade.

Participants will learn about the ETSI AR Framework and how to develop clear interoperability requirements which, if/when met will improve their ability to integrate AR into their business and shorten Return on Investment. Standards Development Organizations will have a more detailed understanding of the customer requirements and, based on those, be able to evaluate if/how their organizations can reduce barriers to AR interoperability. Participants will contribute and prioritize the most pressing challenges facing their expansion of XR. By sharing their vision and the obstacles for a bright and open future for XR with others during the online sessions, participants will help shape the strategic plan for future public XR research funding in Europe.

 


About AREA

The Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA) is the only global, member-driven non-profit organization dedicated to widespread adoption of interoperable AR-enabled enterprise systems. Through its Interoperability and Standards program, the AREA seeks to increase knowledge about the benefits and approaches to achieving interoperability and to advance the development of standards or other approaches to interoperability.

 About XR4ALL

The XR4ALL project is a first initiative by the European Commission to strengthen the European XR/immersive technology industry and to accelerate its growth, connecting startups, companies, researchers and investors (angels, corporates, and VCs) active in XR. The main objectives are to (1) create a pan-European (XR-tech) community, (2) discover existing EU XR technology (3) develop a research agenda, (4) award grants for innovative technology projects and (5) to increase investments & tech transfers to help products reach market.

More information will become available over time.

  • Initial Results on XR Research Agenda:
    The programme committee with representatives from the AREA / ETSI / XR4ALL is supporting the discussion on a common research agenda for interactive technologies by hosting a dynamic and lively website on the XR4ALL web portal. Please check the reasoning for such an activity and a preliminary list of existing content at researchagenda.xr4all.eu.

Additional information about the Reseach Agenda Track will become available over time.

Members of the Programme Committee:

  • Gero Baese, Siemens AG
  • Muriel Deschanel, b<>com, Chairman of ETSI ISG ARF, Member of XR4ALL Consortium
  • Sylwia Korycinska, ETSI ISG ARF Technical Officer, ETSI
  • Christine Perey, Perey Research & Consulting, Sponsor Member, Member of the Board of Directors, Leader of the Interoperability and Standards Program, Chair of the Research Committee of the AREA
  • Oliver Schreer, Fraunhofer HHI, Coordinator of H2020 Project XR4ALL

Organizational Support:

  • Emmanuelle Boswarthick, ETSI Events
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