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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 current webinars, and start learning now.

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 IEEE Digital Reality Webinar Series — Upcoming Webinars

 

Learning and Training in VR: Hype and New Hope • 18 August 2021 • 1 PM ET

Web15 PORTALimage2The ability for Virtual Reality (VR) to create rich and compelling experiences drives research in a variety of domains beyond entertainment. One such area of interest is the use of VR for learning and training purposes. Indeed, learning and training have been a central topic in VR ever since successful flight simulators decades ago. The allure of VR for training is not only due to the ability to synthesize realistic conditions for situations where on-site training is expensive, dangerous, or difficult to replicate in real life, but also due to the ability to create extreme, unrealistic conditions to over-prepare trainees for the real situation. Full control over the visual and auditory experience of the user, as well as some control over haptic feedback, makes for an engaging training experience and ensures the reproducibility of training sessions. Combined with recent advances in light and untethered headsets, tracking, interaction, and VR authoring tools, various industrial immersive learning applications show promising results. The explosive potential of VR-based collaboration in the post-pandemic era, where remote and non-contact work environments became the new normal, further accelerated the adoption of VR-based training in broader use cases.

Despite the large media coverage of VR training stories for various industrial applications, there are still mixed scientific reports on the efficacy and measurable performance improvements depending on significant factors such as the domain of training, implementation, level of engagement and interaction, and the complexity of skills and tasks. In this talk, the taxonomy of learning and training in VR/AR/MR will be presented, and the status of technological advances and limitations to further activate learning outcomes will be discussed. Beyond visual and auditory-focused immersion, kinesthetic learning for fine motor skills poses a new challenge for VR-based training. Developing the ability to perform a new skill, and retaining that ability, requires repetitive coordination of the brain and muscles (sports training in VR is a prime example). Can the complex motor skills required in sports be learned in VR? If so, do these skills transfer to the real world? Can it provide a lasting impact similar to real-world training? This talk will also address core endeavors focused on feedback and adaptive training mechanisms.

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Featured Speaker: Dr. Min Hyung Choi
Computer Science & Engineering Professor
University of Colorado Denver

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Dr. Min Hyung Choi is a professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Iowa in 1996 and 1999.


His research thrusts are in Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, and Human-Computer Interaction with an emphasis on physically-based modeling and simulation. His research has been focused on smart and connected health and industrial applications based on virtual and augmented reality. Dr. Choi founded the Computer Graphics and VR Laboratory in the department of Computer Science in 1999. He played a leading role in the establishment of Comcast Media and Technology Center and he has served the center as a founding Director since 2016.

Dr. Choi received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2003. In 2006, he received the CU Denver campus award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities.


Upcoming Webinars:

  • 18 August 2021 — Learning and Training in VR: Hype and New Hope — Featured Speaker: Dr. Min Hyung Choi 

 

 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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/.

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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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