The IEEE Digital Reality was launched as an IEEE Future Directions Initiative in early 2019, with a broad cross-section of IEEE Societies and other Organizational Units (OUs) as active participants and stakeholders. In 2023 the IEEE Digital Reality Initiative (DRI) started to transition into a technical community, under the lead of IEEE Consumer Technology Society and with the support of IEEE Future Directions. The process was completed at the end of 2023, with the creation of the IEEE Digital Reality Technical Community (DRTC).

The focus of IEEE Digital Reality is on Digital Transformation, which is fueled, among others, by advances in technology, such as sensors and actuators, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML). By leveraging these technologies and others being developed, such as eXtended Reality (XR) and Digital Twins, the line between the physical world and the digital world will be increasingly less distinct, leading to Metaverse.

DRtechnologiesApplications are already quickly emerging in the fields of education, manufacturing, sharing services, and more. IEEE Digital Reality is working with multiple constituencies in academia, industry, and government, and we welcome your contribution and participation.

The IEEE Digital Reality is actively pursuing the following goals:

  • IEEE to be recognized as the leader in facilitating disruptive technological innovations and fostering cross-industry collaborations globally and taking into account societal impact.
  • Position IEEE at the center of Digital Transformation, fueled by advances in Digital Twins, AR, VR, MR, and Metaverse plus AI/ML.
  • Investigate the impact of the massive growth of "intelligence at the edge” resulting from IoT and the embedding of intelligence into devices, as well as from the cooperation of human and machine intelligence (including co-bots) that is likely to result in a revolution in infrastructures (6G) and in the creation of ambient intelligence encompassing various domains (manufacturing, healthcare and wellbeing, transportation, etc.)
  • IEEE Digital Reality Exchange (DRX) will be widely recognized as a trusted repository of Digital Reality suppliers, researchers, practitioners, and project owners.
  • Knowledge as a Service (KaaS) will become a key offering for IEEE that leverages knowledge as the enabler of the Digital Transformation.
  • Lead a new research frontier, Intelligent Reality, with the launch of the first International Conference on Intelligent Reality (IR), icir.ieee.org.
  • Support Societies, OUs on conferences, standards, education.

In partnership with IEEE Educational Activities, a series of courses on Digital Transformation have been made available through the IEEE Learning Network. 

Through collaboration with the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), IEEE Digital Reality aims to build and mature global standards related to digital reality, XR, human augmentation, and related areas. Due to the wide range of technologies and applications encompassed by this initiative, the plan is to take a comprehensive, holistic view of this emerging area while shaping the foundation of this research.

The IEEE Digital Reality Technical Community is financially supported by its participating OUs, and governed by a Steering Committee representing them. 

Members of this Technical Community gain access to extensive resources including publications, videos, articles, interviews, webinars, newsletters, workshops, and conferences as well as opportunities to participate in the growth and impact of the Initiative. 

Please join our Technical Community to stay informed of latest news, events, and activities. 

IEEE Digital Reality thanks participating OUs, as well as IEEE Future Directions Committee, IEEE New Initiatives Committee, and Technical Activities Board for their support.

Technical Activities Board for their support.


IEEE Digital Reality Steering Committee


Steering Committee Members Fabrizio Lamberti (Chair)
Wahab Almuhtadi (IEEE Consumer Technology Society)
Yu Hou (IEEE Reliability Society)
Kitty Pearsall (Electronics Packaging Society)
Paul Sajda (IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society)
Logan Beaver (IEEE Council on RFID)
James E. Matthews (IEEE Standards Association)
Paulo Menezes (IEEE Robotics and Automation Society)
Other representatives from supporting OUs Wen-Chung Kao (IEEE Consumer Technology Society)
Fabrice Labeau (IEEE Consumer Technology Society)
Stefan Mozar (IEEE Consumer Technology Society)
Steven Li (IEEE Reliability Society)
Pierre Dersin (IEEE Reliability Society)
Denise Manning (Electronics Packaging Society)
May Wang (IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society)
Gert Cauwenberghs (IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society)
Metin Akay (IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society)
Nancy Zimmerman (IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society)
Greg Durgin (IEEE Council on RFID)
Ultan McCarthy (IEEE Council on RFID)
Luca Catarinucci (IEEE Council on RFID)
Aude Billard (IEEE Robotics and Automation Society)
Bram Vanderborght (IEEE Robotics and Automation Society)
Deidre Artis (IEEE Robotics and Automation Society)
Amy Reeder (IEEE Robotics and Automation Society)
Terence Martinez (IEEE Robotics and Automation Society)
Alpesh Shah (IEEE Standards Association)
Paul Nikolich (IEEE Standards Association)
Supreeta Malammanavar


Participating OUs