Join us at VisPEP 2024

The Project co-coordinator, Prof. Rigmor Baraas will be delivering a keynote speech at the 4th International VisPEP Symposium in Warsaw, Poland, on March 16!

🗓️ Save the Date: March 15–17, 2024

📍 Location: Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw

Rigmor Baraas’ keynote will focus on the crucial topic of “Ethical and Inclusive Utilization of XR Technologies.” As we navigate the dynamic landscape of Extended Reality (XR), it’s essential to prioritize ethical considerations and ensure inclusivity in its applications.

Join us for an enlightening discussion on the responsible use of XR technologies! 🌐

For registration click here: https://vispep2024.mk-events.pl/registration

XR4Human Forum is here!

Join the conversation on XR4HUMAN and be part of shaping a future where technology serves humanity’s best interests.

The XR4HUMAN Forum is a place for community discussions about the personal and societal risks and opportunities presented by virtual worlds and XR technologies. We invite stakeholders from across Europe and across sectors to join the conversation and share their knowledge and insights. 

XR4HUMAN aims to create a European Code of Conduct for responsible virtual world development and application, guidance for interoperability, a rating system for experiences, and an educational toolbox.

https://community.xr4europe.eu/c/xr4human/9

XR4Human project General Assembly

We’re thrilled to announce the completion of the General Assembly of the XR4Human Project.

Successful General Assembly: The General Assembly of the XR4Human Project was a resounding success, held on October 30-31 at the prestigious Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI in Berlin.

💡 Unlocking XR Potential: The XR4Human Project has brought together a multinational and transdisciplinary consortium with a common goal – exploring the limitless possibilities of Extended Reality (XR) technologies and providing essential guidance and tools to ensure their equitable, inclusive, and human-centered development.

🔍 Progress and Insights: Over two productive days, we engaged in discussions about our project’s progress, shared groundbreaking insights, and collectively set the stage for our next steps.

🌍 A Commitment to Inclusivity: As we move forward, our unwavering commitment is to continue paving the way for equity and inclusivity in the ever-evolving field of XR technology.

Stay tuned as we bring you more updates on the progress we’re making in the XR4Human Project. The future of XR is bright, and we’re excited to share it with you!

Exciting Update from XR4Human Project!

We are thrilled to announce a significant milestone achieved during our recent public event, signaling the continuous progress of the XR4Human Project.

The XR4Human Project Public Event, which took place on October 31st, was hosted at the impressive facilities of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI. This gathering united a diverse range of stakeholders, fostering thought-provoking discussions centered on the ethical use and development of Extended Reality (XR) technologies.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to all the attendees and esteemed speakers, including Thomas De Bruyne, Muki Kulhan, Theo Karapiperis, Etienne Aucouturier and Lucas Stephane. Their energetic and expert contributions greatly enriched our conversations, expanding our collective understanding of XR’s potential.

We would also like to thank the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI and our partner, Oliver Schreer from the institute, for graciously hosting this event. Attendees had the privilege of exploring a fascinating exhibition, visiting the Volumetric Capture Studio, and immersing themselves in an extraordinary XR experience.

To gain a deeper insight into the XR4Human Project and its mission, we invite you to explore our website. Keep up to date with our project by following our dedicated page for more opportunities to actively engage in the ongoing dialogues shaping the future of XR.

The XR4Human public event is coming…

🗓 Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2023

🕒 Time: 14:00 – 21:00 CET

📍 Venue: Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications/Showroom Science Tech Space @ HHI, Salzufer 15-16 10587 Berlin, 10587 Berlin, Germany

XR4Human invites you to a transformative event that delves into the profound impacts of Extended Reality (XR) technology while emphasizing ethics, legality, and inclusivity. We believe in XR’s potential to revolutionize industries and lives, but we also recognize the responsibility it carries.

Join us as we explore three critical dimensions:

1️⃣ Ethical Considerations: Discover how XR technology shapes our society and individual rights.

2️⃣ Legal Frameworks: Navigate the intricate legal landscape surrounding XR, ensuring compliance and ethical practice.

3️⃣ Inclusivity in XR: Learn about initiatives to ensure XR benefits all communities, fostering diversity and accessibility.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be part of the XR4Human Project Public Event!

🎟 Register for On-Site Participation by October 25, 2023: https://www.eventbrite.be/e/xr4human-public-event-tickets-710192403597?aff=ebdsoporgprofile&keep_tld=1

📲 Register for Online Participation by October 30, 2023: https://www.eventbrite.de/e/xr4human-public-event-online-tickets-731755369007?aff=oddtdtcreator

Join us in shaping the future of XR technology, where innovation meets responsibility!

The XR4Human project at Stereopsia Europe event!

Stereopsia is an international forum dedicated to immersive technologies and content. It is the ultimate gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, content creators, academics, and audiences seeking new voices and fresh perspectives since 2009 https://stereopsia.com/

XR4Human project will participate at the 15th Edition of Stereopsia Europe event which will take place on 18-19-10 October 2023.
The XR4Human project mission is to shape the future of XR technologies in Europe by co-creating living guidance documents on ethical and related policy, regulatory, governance, and interoperability issues of XR technologies.Our project is all about building public trust, fostering acceptance, a strong and competitive European XR ecosystem. By collaborating with experts and stakeholders, we’re shaping the ethical framework for XR.

In addition, an online repository of test cases and an XR rating system will also empower the XR community to make informed decisions about XR technology.
Join us at Stereopsia Europe event, meet our coordinators, prof. Rigmor Baraas and Prof. Rosemarie de la Cruz Bernabe and discover how we’re paving the way for a responsible, innovative, and trusted XR future.
Save the date, and stay tuned for more updates!

Together, let’s shape the future of XR.
Learn more about the Stereopsia EUROPE event which will take place on 18-19-20 October 2023 by clicking here: https://stereopsia.com/event-program/

XR4Human at the ENRIO Pre-congress session!

XR4Human Poster Presentation at ENRIO (European Network of Research Integrity Offices) Pre-congress session!
Thank you to everyone who visited our XR4Human poster and engaged in enriching conversations. Your insights and feedback continue to propel us forward.
As we progress from the Pre-congress to the ENRIO (European Network of Research Integrity Offices) 2023 Congress, we are excited to deepen our connections, learn from experts, and contribute to the wider conversation about research integrity practice and the development of responsible research in Europe.
Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to explore the endless possibilities that equitable, inclusive, and human-centered eXtended reality technologies can provide.

XR ERA: Advancing XR Regulation for Human-centred Development: XR4Human | Recap Meetup #19

The XR4Human valued members, Marco Correa Pérez and Melissa Amorós Lark from LLInC (Leiden Learning & Innovation Centre) shared key insights into the project’s vision and progress.

As they highlighted, XR4Human is not just a project; it’s a collaborative endeavor aimed at empowering stakeholders across the XR landscape. By fostering dialogue between regulators, industry players, academia, and consumers, XR4Human endeavors to establish robust standards that prioritize human well-being while fostering innovation.

User-Centric Development: A Pillar of XR4Human’s Mission

At the heart of XR4Human’s mission lies a commitment to user-centric development. Melissa emphasized the importance of gathering user feedback, regardless of expertise levels, to inform XR development. By incorporating diverse perspectives, XR4Human aims to ensure that XR technologies are not only innovative but also accessible and user-friendly.

Balancing Regulation and Innovation: XR4Human’s Guiding Principle

In addressing concerns about overregulation, Marco underscored XR4Human’s commitment to striking a balance between safeguarding users and fostering innovation. By collaborating with regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders, XR4Human seeks to develop flexible regulatory frameworks that promote responsible XR development while encouraging innovation.

In summary,XR4Human is a collaborative platform for shaping the future of XR. Through strategic partnerships, user-centric development, and a commitment to innovation, XR4Human aims to establish a regulatory framework that fosters public trust, promotes industry growth, and ensures a competitive European XR ecosystem.

We would like to thank XR ERA https://xrera.eu/about/ for hosting this enlightening meetup. Their dedication to fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange within the XR community is invaluable, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share our insights and progress with such an engaged audience.

XR4Human Forum: The perfect online place to create a bridge among people of different sectors

XR4Human’s online forum, is provided by XR4Europe – the pan-European organization of XR professionals. The members of the forum are of different sectors: business, civil society and research. This allows the forum to be variegated in terms of inputs.

The forum is the key element for the growth of the community online and its involvement in addressing the risks related to XR technology, starting by understanding them.

Such risks are of different nature and were found to be: physical and mental health risks, social risks, abuse of power, and legal risks. Plus, the risks related to diversity and inclusivity and accessibility and interoperability. Indeed, gender, age, and social inequality could deepen the digital divide in Europe – posing a threat to European values such as equality and solidarity.

The forum is accessible to everyone who wishes to join in a fairly easy way. Click here https://community.xr4europe.eu/ or scan the following QR code and follow the instructions.

If someone is already a member, their access will happen directly via the XR4Europe login. If someone wishes to join, they simply need to use their ARMember credentials.

Stay tuned!

The European Commission Strategy on Web 4.0 and Virtual Worlds

After a period of consultation and collaboration with various organizations, institutions, universities, and stakeholders, the European Commission has released its highly anticipated strategy on Web 4.0 and virtual worlds.

The XR4Human project was a part of this process by providing feedback to the publication of its call for evidence in March regarding the ”virtual worlds”.

Through this comprehensive initiative, European Commission aims for a Web 4.0 and virtual worlds reflecting EU values and principles. The strategy focuses on fostering an open, secure, trustworthy, fair, and inclusive digital environment for EU citizens, businesses, and public administrations

Read the document here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_23_3718

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