WEKIT Community Event at ECTEL 2017

The WEKIT team has organized and successfully conducted a community event at the 12th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) in Tallinn, Estonia on 12-15 September 2017.

The WEKIT Science and Technology director Dr Fridolin Wild, presented a keynote “Work 4.0: Performance Augmentation for Industry 4.0” to the audience of the Industry Track of the conference. This talk has become the highlight of event, covering the global trends of training and working in the industry and presenting the WEKIT platform as a means to facilitate performance augmentation and workplace training.

The slides of the keynote can be found online: https://www.slideshare.net/fridolin.wild/professional-tel-40-performance-augmentation-for-industry-40

The Industry Track at the ECTEL conference was running in parallel to the conference and attracted many European and local companies presenting their training solutions and technologies.

In addition, a joint article by the WEKIT community members has been presented by Alla Vovk (PAL, Oxford Brookes University).

Publication: Will Guest, Fridolin Wild, Alla Vovk, Mikhail Fominykh, Bibeg Limbu, Roland Klemke, Puneet Sharma, Carl H Smith, Jazz Rasool, Soyeb Aswat, Kaj Helin, Daniele Di Mitri, and Jan Schneider “Affordances for Capturing and Re-enacting Expert Performance with Wearables”. Download the full version at: Springer Link.

Abstract: The WEKIT.one prototype is a platform for immersive procedural training with wearable sensors and Augmented Reality. Focusing on capture and re-enactment of human expertise, this work looks at the unique affordances of suitable hard- and software technologies. The practical challenges of interpreting expertise, using suitable sensors for its capture and specifying the means to describe and display to the novice are of central significance here. We link affordances with hardware devices, discussing their alternatives, including Microsoft Hololens, Thalmic Labs MYO, Alex Posture sensor, MyndPlay EEG headband, and a heart rate sensor. Following the selection of sensors, we describe integration and communication requirements for the prototype. We close with thoughts on the wider possibilities for implementation and next steps.

You can watch the presentation in 360 with a Q&A session: https://www.facebook.com/mikhail.fominykh/videos/10213632882114937/

WEKIT at DG CONNECT meeting among Horizon 2020 projects on digital learning

On March 27, 2017, representatives of 30 top European Union projects in the field of Digital Learning (managed by the unit G3 ‘Learning, Multilingualism & Accessibility’ in DG CONNECT) met in Luxembourg on invitation of the European Commission in order to take stock of achievements, exchange, and increase coherence. Dr. Fridolin Wild participated in his role as scientific director of the WEKIT project.

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WEKIT integration meeting at the Open University of the Netherlands

Technical partners of WEKIT met for two days to discuss and integrate the components of the platform. The event took place in Heerlen, Netherlands on February 06-07, 2017. Teams from Oxford Brookes University, Open university of the Netherlands, VTT, University of Tromsø, Ravensbourne and MyndPlay demonstrated the status of the components they have been working so far.

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WEKIT community event at the ECTEL conference

The first major WEKIT community event “Requirements Bazaar Kick-off: Shape the Future of Augmented Reality Training” was held at the Industry track of the European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL). The event took place in Lyon, France on September 13-16, 2016.

The aim of the community event was to bring people together who are investigating the future of Augmented Reality workplace training.

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Success of the WEKIT Augmented Reality Standards Hackathon

The WEKIT project organized an Augmented Reality Standards Hackathon in Aachen, Germany on April 15-17, 2016. The objectives of the event included reaching to important stakeholders, attracting young developers into the WEKIT community, and exploring creative AR solutions. The participants were involved into brainstorming scenarios and applications of AR, identifying challenges, trying several AR hardware devices, learning about AR platforms and standards, and implementing creative solutions.

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WEKIT AR Standards Hackathon in Aachen, Germany, 15-17 April 2016

WEKIT is calling interested developers, ICT experts, and students to participate in the WEKIT Augmented Reality Standards Hackathon. The event will provide an excellent opportunity to try different AR hardware, learn about evolving specifications designed for AR experiences, and develop fully working AR use cases. The hackathon will focus on existing and emerging standards in the field. A unique opportunity for networking, the event will bring together AR experts and junior members of the emerging community.

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Augmented reality and wearables in training and education: WEKIT partners launch stakeholder survey

The WEKIT partners are pleased to invite all stakeholders in Augmented reality (AR) and wearable technologies (WT) to share their experience and future expectations of AR and WT in learning and training by participating in a short expert survey. The aim of this survey is to harvest feedback from interested stakeholders that will be used to design the WEKIT framework, embodied in a public technology roadmap and an open platform for learning solutions enabled by AR and WT. We are seeking feedback primarily, but not exclusively, from the following actors in Europe and beyond:

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Wekit Kick-Off

The WEKIT kick-off meeting was held on 11-12 January in Milan, Italy. The objective was to fine tune project objectives and action plans for the upcoming months.

In addition to a series of general management and specific work package presentations, three thematic workshops were organised by the WEKIT partners to brainstorm about the WEKIT framework and stakeholder needs (by OUNL), use cases and applications of Augmented Reality and Wearable Technologies (by OU), as well as open tools for software programming and communication based on open software licenses and standards (by RTWH). The outcomes of these workshops will feed back to the work package activities.

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