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The meeting was an exciting opportunity for researchers to share knowledge of the innovative work taking place across SETU and explore opportunities for collaboration

Walton Institute was delighted to host members of South East Technological University (SETU)’s Extended Reality (XR) community at a recent event to explore the future of technology and opportunities for further collaboration.

21 researchers from Waterford and Carlow attended this first meeting of SETU’s XR experts sharing knowledge of the innovative work taking place across the University, including representatives from Walton Institute’s Extended Reality Research Group, the Faculty of Engineering, the Department of Computing, the Department of Humanities, the SABRE Centre (Department of Architecture & Built Environment) and SEERLab (School of Education and Lifelong Learning).

“The day consisted of a highly productive session of research presentations and interactive discussions showcasing cross sector cutting-edge Extended Reality innovations currently being worked on in SETU, and demonstrating the limitless possibilities that lie ahead in the virtual realm,” explained Frances Cleary, Head of Division MEPS at Walton Institute. “It was also an important opportunity for us to come together and examine ways to disseminate and promote this expertise to the wider community.”

Dr Frances Hardiman, Head of SETU’s Faculty of Engineering added, “the key focus for this event was to determine the range and depth of knowledge, expertise and experience in XR that SETU can offer, both in research and to industry. Sponsored by the Project Office, activities like this bring together a cohort of experts that may not always have the forum to do so. I would highly recommend repeating this activity in other domains across SETU. “

Attendees were provided with a special tour of Walton Institute’s MR and Digital Photogrammetry Labs. Funded by the Enterprise Ireland Capital Call the MR Lab features state of the art Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology. While the Digital Photogrammetry Unit consists of a Botscan NEO 3D, a 3D scanner solution for high volume full body scans, and a Teslasuit, a full body haptic feedback and motion-capture tracking VR suit.

With the knowledge, skills, and facilities available, SETU is primely positioned to be a key player and major contributor in the XR technology space in Ireland. The team look forward to working together to progress AR/VR/XR for the benefit of society, academia, and industry.