IEEE Future Directions (FDC), a committee of the IEEE Technical Activities Board, identifies technologies as primary focus areas. The FDC initiates and then incubates IEEE wide initiatives involving all the IEEE operating units.

Dedicated to reengineering human senses for better reality, IEEE Digital Reality Initiative is the go-to platform for keeping you at the forefront of virtual reality, augmented reality, human augmentation, and smart robots.

IEEE Digital Reality Scope

With a deeper understanding of how human senses work, we will be able to advance technologies that capture and reproduce, or synthesize the stimuli of various senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste, etc.); combine the reproduced or synthesized stimuli with the naturally received stimuli in various ways; and help humans or enable machines to perceive, understand, and respond to the stimuli. Plans are underway to capture all the different perspectives via in-depth cross-disciplinary discussions, and to drive to a set of results which will facilitate disruptive innovations and foster cross-industry collaborations globally in the areas of virtual reality, augmented reality, human augmentation, and smart robots.

Coverage Model

IEEE Digital Reality Coverage Model



IEEE Digital Reality Steering Committee

Initiative Co-Chairs Rajiv Tiwari, Johnson & Johnson
Stephen Dukes, Dreamerse Inc
Carole Carey, C3-Carey Consultants, LLC
Program Managers Kathy Grise, IEEE Future Directions
Jay Iorio, IEEE Standards Association
Cherry Tom, IEEE Standards Association



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Participating OUs

IEEE Communications Society IEEE Computer Society IEEE Consumer Electronics Society IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation IEEE Council on RFID IEEE Electronics Packaging Society IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society IEEE IC Industry Consortium on Learning Engineering IEEE Nanotechnology Council IEEE Robotics and Automation Society IEEE Sensors Council IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology IEEE Standards Association IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society IEEE-USA