In early 2019, the IEEE Future Directions Committee officially agreed to launch the IEEE Digital Reality Initiative in support of Digital Transformation. Digital Transformation is fueled 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 augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and Digital Twins, the line between the physical world and the digital world will be increasingly less distinct.

Applications 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 your contribution and participation in the Technical Community is welcome.

The Digital Reality Initiative is actively pursuing the following goals:

  • Contributing time-relevant content and increasing outreach efforts by providing an abundance of relative materials, such as webinars, podcasts, videos, and more.
  • Bringing to light potential use cases for technologies enhanced with AI, ML, Symbiotic Autonomous Systems (SAS), etc.
  • Organizing and leading, as well as actively participating in industry conferences and events.

Through collaboration with the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), IEEE Digital Reality hopes to build and mature global standards related to digital reality, AR, VR, human augmentation, and related areas. Due to the wide range of technologies and applications encompassed by this initiative, we plan to take a comprehensive, holistic view of this emerging area as we shape the foundation of our research.

The IEEE Digital Reality Initiative is managed by a Steering Committee with activities carried out to enact the goals of the initiative. 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. The IEEE Digital Reality Initiative is a program of IEEE Future Directions, and a broad cross-section of IEEE Societies are active participants and stakeholders. Learn more about the scope of the initiative (PDF, 272 KB).

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

 IEEE Digital Reality is an active participant at the annual Augmented World Expo (AWE)


IEEE Digital Reality Steering Committee

Initiative Co-Chairs Stephen Dukes
Roberto Saracco
Rajiv Tiwari
Wo Chang
Committee Members
Periklis Chatzimisios
Tom Coughlin
Stuart Dambrot
Mahmoud Daneshmand
Derrick de Kerckhove
Francesco Flammini
Patrick Henz
Samina Husain
Okyay Kaynak
Witold Kinsner
Raj Madavan
Christine Miyachi
Nicholas Napp
Jeewika Ranaweera
Robby Robson
Rudi Schubert
Eddie Tunstel
Mazin Yousif
Doug Zuckerman
Program Manager Kathy Grise, IEEE Future Directions


Participating OUs

IEEE Consumer Electronics Society IEEE IC Industry Consortium on Learning Engineering IEEE Standards Association