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The IEEE Digital Reality Webinar Series explores the latest innovations and challenges in the realm of digital reality. Hear from leading technologists about AR/VR/MR, human augmentation, immersive and related technologies, how they are affecting industries today, and how they will impact our future tomorrow. Check out our upcoming and on-demand webinars to start learning:

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 IEEE Digital Reality Webinar Series — Upcoming Webinars

Mastering the Metaverse Across Industry • 7 and 14 June 2022 at 9 AM ET

Metaverse Webinar Promo for June 7 and 14

During this special two-part webinar, four experts from different disciplines will define the Metaverse in their own terms and delve into potential use-cases for leveraging the Metaverse across a multitude of industries, including public services.

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The first part of the event will be held on 7 June 2022 at 9 AM ET. During this session, Derrick de Kerckhove and Roberto Saracco will present The Technologies and Business of the Metaverse.

The second part of the event will be held on 14 June 2022 at 9 AM ET. During this part of the event, Lyuba Alboul and Vitalij Kazakov will present Living in the Metaverse: Rights, Privileges, and Obligations.

Both events will provide participants an exclusive opportunity to join two live Q&A sessions. Attendees will learn more and discover Digital Twins, Smart cities, the Metaverse, and other technologies being developed (such as AR/VR/MR/XR).

Featured Speakers:

  • Lyuba Alboul, Senior Research Fellow at the Industry and Innovation Research Institute, and a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University
  • Vitalij Kazakov, Associate Professor at Sochi State University
  • Derrick de Kerckhove, Scientific Director of Media Duemila
  • Katarina Radovic, Assistant at the Polytechnic Institute of Milan and researcher and designer at Media Duemila
  • Roberto Saracco, leads the IEEE New Initiative Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative.


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Dr. Lyuba Alboul is a Senior Research Fellow at the Industry and Innovation Research Institute, and a lecturer at the Department of Engineering and Mathematics, Sheffield Hallam University. She was the initiator of a research direction that fused VR, AR, XR with robotics technologies and has been awarded over 15 research grants (both personal and as a member of consortia) from local and international funding bodies in Russia, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK on subjects in Mathematics, Computing, 3D modeling, Robotics, and AI. Presently she is developing (together with Dr. Nisiotis) a new type of eco-systems that encompasses both physical and virtual environments, including real and artificial agents and elements, capable of interacting dynamically with, reflecting, and influencing each other and with the interactions engendered by human behavior. 

vitalyVitalij Kazakov, Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics, was formerly Associate Professor of the Faculty of Information Technology, and Senior Researcher in the R&D Department of Novosibirsk State University, where he directed the Interdisciplinary and Humanities Programs in the field of Artificial Intelligence supported by the “National Intellectual Development” Fund. Currently, Vitaly is Associate Professor at Sochi State University.

 

 derrick2Derrick de Kerckhove is the former Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto. Presently, scientific director of the Rome-based monthly Media Duemila and Osservatorio TuttiMedia, he is the author of a dozen books (among which the best-seller The Skin of Culture) on technology, media, and culture edited in over twelve languages. Currently teaching Anthropology of communication at the Polytechnic Institute of Milan, he is also Research Director at the Interdisciplinary Internet Institute (IN3) at l’Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona.

 

 katarinaKatarina Radovic received her master’s degree in communication design at the Polytechnic Institute of Milan Her thesis, mentored by professor Derrick de Kerckhove “Application of Intelligent Virtual Assistant for Alzheimer’s disease”, proposes a model to help them manage their day-to-day activities without relying on help. Presently, she is an assistant to professor Derrick de Kerchove at the Polytechnic Institute of Milan, also a researcher and a designer at Media Duemila, an art director at new evolving company A&A and social media manager for L’Atlante.

 

roberto2Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and then was head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital up to September 2018. Previously, up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. A senior member of IEEE, he leads the IEEE New Initiative Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. Roberto teaches a Master course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento. He has published over 300 papers in journals and magazines and 20 books.

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 IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series

IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series

Welcome to the IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series, an IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production. In this podcast series, we’ll talk with industry leaders in virtual reality, augmented reality, XR, human augmentation, smart robots, and much more, keeping you at the forefront of advancements in these ever-growing immersive technologies.

Check out the first episode in our IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series. Our first guest, Conor Russomanno, Director of Advanced Interfaces at Meta and co-founder and CEO of OpenBCI, shared his views on the future of AR and VR, brain-computer interfacing, key challenges, and more! Listen to the podcast 

 

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Episode 10: Q&A with Derrick de Kerckhove, Scientific Director of Media Duemila and IEEE Digital Reality Initiative steering committee member & Patrick Henz, Head of Governance, Risk & Compliance at leading engineering and plant construction company, USA and IEEE Digital Reality Initiative steering committee member

Welcome to the IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series, an IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production. In Part 1 of this educational podcast, featured guests Derrick de Kerckhove and Patrick Henz explore salient implications of the metaverse.

Listen to Episode 10 (MP3, 44 MB)

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Featured Podcast: Q&A with Dr. Tom Coughlin, Current President of IEEE-USA

In this podcast, The Investor's Podcast chat with Dr. Tom Coughlin, who is the Current President of IEEE-USA. Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit. He is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide, which is now on its second edition with Springer. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical and Business Consulting services. Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report, the Emerging Non-Volatile Memory Report and other industry reports. Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for Forbes.com and other blogs.

Listen to The Investor's Podcast (MP3, 50 MB)

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Episode 9: Q&A with Nicholas Napp, co-founder of Xmark Labs LCC and IEEE Digital Reality Initiative steering committee member

Welcome to the IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series, an IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production. In this podcast, Nicholas Napp, co-founder of Xmark Labs LCC and IEEE Digital Reality Initiative steering committee member explores salient aspects of AI in gaming. He examines social and ethical implications for humanity along with perils, challenges, and opportunities in this realm.

Listen to Episode 9 (MP3, 25 MB)

NickNappSqNicholas Napp, Co-Founder of Xmark Labs, LLC and IEEE Digital Reality Initiative steering committee member

Episode 8: Q&A with Jeewika Ranaweera, Principal Hardware Engineer at Oracle and Steering Committee Member, IEEE Digital Reality Initiative

Welcome to the IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series, an IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production. In this podcast, Jeewika Ranaweera, Principle Hardware Engineer at Oracle and Steering Committee Member of the IEEE Digital Reality Initiative, shares her unique insights on numerous areas where immersive technologies can benefit humanity. From improved employee and professional training, to treating medical and mental disorders and improving the overall daily lives of individuals, Jeewika explores how virtual and augmented reality technologies can be employed for the betterment of society.

Listen to Episode 8 (MP3, 18 MB)

Jeewika RanaweeraJeewika Ranaweera, Principal Hardware Engineer at Oracle and Steering Committee Member, IEEE Digital Reality Initiative

Episode 7: Q&A with Bill Tonti, Senior Director for IEEE Future Directions

Welcome to the IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series, an IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production. In this podcast, Bill Tonti, senior director, IEEE Future Directions provides an overview on current IEEE roadmap activities and shares his insights on how they support IEEE’s efforts to drive innovation and advance the development of new technologies. Dr. Tonti also stresses the need for broad stakeholder and industry partner engagement to ensure roadmaps effectively address all relevant technology domains and industry ecosystems.

Listen to Episode 7 (MP3, 12 MB)

Dr. Bill TontiBill Tonti, Senior Director for IEEE Future Directions

Episode 6: Q&A with Bill Tonti, Senior Director for IEEE Future Directions

Welcome to the IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series, an IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production. In this podcast conducted at the Augmented World Expo (AWE), Bill Tonti, senior director, IEEE Future Directions shared his views on the relationship between spatial, or 3 dimensional (3D) computing, and the advancement of digital reality technologies that enabled new use cases for autonomous vehicles, remotely monitored medical home care, as well as retail and wearable applications. While personally holding ownership to more than 280 U.S. patents, Dr. Tonti helps foster new initiatives that represent various technologies and motivates IEEE and the general public to engage with these programs.

Listen to Episode 6 (MP3, 16 MB)

Dr. Bill TontiBill Tonti, Senior Director for IEEE Future Directions

Episode 5: Q&A with Nicholas Napp, Co-Founder of Xmark Labs, LLC and Mixed Reality Panelist at IEEE TTM 2018

Welcome to the IEEE Digital Reality Podcast. An IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production. In this podcast, Nicholas Napp, co-founder of Xmark Labs LCC, provides unique insights on emerging XR use cases, their benefits and explores potential issues related to wider adoption of Virtual reality, Augmented reality and Mixed reality technologies both by enterprises and individuals. An industry veteran who has worked with VR and AR systems since the early 1990s, and a member of the IEEE Digital Reality Steering Committee, Napp was a panelist for the Mixed Reality-focused panel at the IEEE Technology Time Machine 2018 Symposium.

Listen to Episode 5 (MP3, 25 MB)

Nicholas NappNicholas Napp, Co-Founder of Xmark Labs, LLC and Mixed Reality Panelist at IEEE TTM 2018

Episode 4: Q&A with Kathy Grise, Senior Program Director for IEEE Future Directions

Welcome to the IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series, an IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production. In this podcast, Kathy Grise, senior program director, IEEE Future Directions provides highlights of a panel discussion she moderated at the Augmented World Expo (AWE), discusses the IEEE Digital Reality Initiative’s charter, and gives an overview of focus areas where individual stakeholders can join the community and get involved in helping shape this exciting technology space.

Listen to Episode 4 (MP3, 25 MB)

Kathy GriseKathy Grise, Senior Program Director for IEEE Future Directions

Episode 3: Q&A with Raj Tiwari, Lead Co-Chair of IEEE Digital Reality

In this podcast, Raj Tiwari, lead co-chair of the IEEE Digital Reality Initiative and organizing committee member for IEEE’s Technology Time Machine 2018 (TTM 2018) symposium, explores Extended Reality (XR) and its potential for changing how we live, work, learn and share, and he discusses existing and future use cases for the technology. Raj also highlights the importance of the upcoming TTM 2018 and how it can help ignite the technologies of tomorrow and serve as a catalyst for compelling discussions of the emerging technological advancements that are impacting humanity today, tomorrow, and beyond. Raj is participating at the TTM 2018 as a speaker and panelist on the Mixed Reality-focused panel on Day 2, November 1st at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa. Register now for TTM at http://sites.ieee.org/ttm/register/.

Listen to Episode 3 (MP3, 25 MB)

Raj TiwariRaj Tiwari, Lead Co-Chair of IEEE Digital Reality

Episode 2: Q&A with Kathy Grise, Senior Program Director for IEEE Future Directions

Kathy Grise, senior program director for IEEE Future Directions and organizing committee member for IEEE’s Technology Time Machine 2018 Symposium (TTM 2018) highlights the speakers and panelists rounding out this year’s event themed: Beyond Tomorrow. Held 31 Oct. and 1 Nov. at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa, TTM 2018 features top industry executives, leading technologists and noted experts from academia, and covers technology advancements in augmented and virtual reality, agriculture, neuroscience, robotics, technology entrepreneurism, and more. Listen in and see why IEEE TTM 2018 continues to draw broad interest as a networking opportunity for those concerned with the impact of future technologies on business and industry, the individual and society as a whole, as well as ethics and policy. Register now for TTM and avail of discounted early registration rates at http://bit.ly/IEEETTM-18

Listen to Episode 2 (MP3, 15 MB)

Kathy GriseKathy Grise, Senior Program Director for IEEE Future Directions

Episode 1: Q&A with Conor Russomanno, Director of Advanced Interfaces at Meta and Co-Founder and CEO of OpenBCI

Welcome to the IEEE Digital Reality Podcast Series, an IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production. In this podcast series, we’ll talk with industry leaders in virtual reality, augmented reality, XR, human augmentation, smart robots, and much more, keeping you at the forefront of advancements in these ever-growing immersive technologies. We sat down with our first guest, Conor Russomanno, Director of Advanced Interfaces at Meta, and co-founder and CEO of OpenBCI, after his panel at the recently concluded Augmented World Expo in Silicon Valley. Conor shared his views on the future of augmented reality and virtual reality, brain computer interfacing, what he sees as some of the key challenges and opportunities that are driving the industry forward, and what keeps him up at night when it comes to the future of technology. Conor also discusses what he expects to learn at the upcoming 2018 IEEE Technology Time Machine symposium in San Diego, California on 31 October – 1 November 2018.

Listen to Episode 1 (MP3, 19 MB)

Conor RussomannoConor Russomanno, Director of Advanced Interfaces at Meta and Co-Founder and CEO of OpenBCI

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