WEKIT review by European Commission

On April 10 2019, the WEKIT Community went through a review by the European Commission. The project officer and two independent experts reviewed every outcome of the WEKIT project and concluded that the work was well done!

In this article, we present the highlights of the project that were presented to the experts at the review. Our team from 12 partner organizations collaborated over a period of three years to achieve these results.

Training Methodology

The WEKIT Framework – an industrial training methodology designed for augmented reality smart glasses and wearable sensors, presented by Roland Klemke.

ARLEM

Augmented Reality Learning Experience Model – ARLEM is an integrated conceptual model that describes interactions between the physical world, the user, and digital information, the context for AR-assisted learning and other parameters of the environments an IEEE standard association working group P1589, co-chaired and presented by Fridolin Wild.

Sensor data

Original wearable printed circuit board, a system for post analysis of AR-based learning and biofeedback data and a dashboard that provides live display of sensor data, presented by Mark Ransley.

Experience capturing

Experience capturing is a key part of the WEKIT.one prototype, a powerful authoring tool that uses spatial user interfaces to allows creating training content according to the ARLEM standard by demonstrating the necessary steps, without post-processing required, presented by Puneet Sharma.

Experience re-enactment

Experience re-enactment is another key part of the WEKIT.one prototype that allows to replay earlier created recordings of experience – ARLEM files stored in a cloud repository, providing different options of the user interface, presented by Kaj Helin.

Wearables

Wearable Design Solutions – two sensor-containing garments developed designed based on participatory design workshops that involved leading industry experts in aviation, medical engineering and space, presented by Carl Smith, Jazz Rasool and Brigitta Zigs.

Ghost track

Ghost track – an original instructional design method that allows visualization of the whole-body movement of an expert or the earlier recording of a trainee for imitation and reflection, presented by Daniele Di Mitri.

Community and outreach

Community-building and outreach activities have culminated at the Augmented World Expo Europe 2018, where the WEKIT prototype has been demonstrated and Fridolin Wild gave a keynote, presented by Ralf Klamma.

Aviation trials

In the second evaluation cycle of industrial trials in aviation 86 participants used the WEKIT platform to create learning experience and trained themselves on a procedure for Beechcraft B200 maintenance dedicated to the replacement of the nose landing gear wheel, presented by Aleksander Simonsen.

Healthcare trials

The second evaluation cycle of industrial trials in healthcare involved 114 participants who used the WEKIT platform to create learning experience and trained themselves to perform a carotid ultrasound examination with quality intima media thickness measurements on different types of equipment, presented by Marco Fruscione.

Space trials

In the second evaluation cycle of industrial trials in space 199 participants used the WEKIT platform to create learning experience and trained to perform a procedure derived from the future manned exploration activities, dedicated to the recharge of the batteries of a Mars Rover before starting an exploration mission on the planet, presented by Liliana Ravagnolo.

Coordination

Management of the team effort, organization of consortium meetings, quality assurance and communication with the European Commission, presented by Maurizio Megliola.

Roadmap and sustainability

The WEKIT roadmap sets out the key driving factors, actions and timeframes that will enable WEKIT to shape knowledge-intensive training practices, technologies, standards and business models in many industries. The WEKIT ECS is a new startup that will continue working with experience capturing and AR-based training, based on the outcomes of the project, presented by Mikhail Fominykh.

WEKIT team

The achievemtns of the project would not have been possible without each and every one of the WEKIT team! Over 50 people have been working on the project, representing 12 organizations of the WEKIT consortium.

WEKIT keynote at AWE EU 2018 – video

Training 4.0: AR Experience Capturing and Sharing by Dr. Fridolin Wild (Science and Technology Director of WEKIT).
A talk from the Enterprise Track at Augmented World Expo Europe AWE EU 2018 – the World’s #1 XR Conference & Expo in Munich, Germany 18 -19, October 2018.

Why settle for a bad instructor, if you can learn knowledge-intensive tasks from the luminaries of a field? With Augmented Reality live guidance and wearable sensor capturing of expert behaviour, a new generation of learning and training systems is arriving in the work place: hands-on holographic tutoring.

WEKIT Community Event at AWE 2018


WEKIT successfully organized the third community event at the World leading Augmented Reality conference and expo – Augmented World Expo (AWE.EU). The event took place in Munich, Germany on October 18-19, 2018. It featured over 100 speakers, 100 exhibitors and attracted nearly 2000 participants!

We were proud to contribute to the success of the Augmented Word Expo Europe with our booth and a featured talk!

The WEKIT team demonstrated the breakthrough achievements for our augmented reality and wearable solution! We exhibited the different versions of the e-textile garment with integrated sensors as well as the WEKIT.one software solution for smart glasses. We also shared the results of the trials of the solution in the space industry, aviation, and medicine.
WEKIT booth info at AWE EU website.



The WEKIT Science and Technology director Dr Fridolin Wild, gave a talk “Training 4.0: AR Experience Capturing and Sharing” to the audience of the Enterprise Track of the conference. The talk included an overview of Industry 4.0 trends, the need for innovative solutions for workplace training as well as the details of the technologies behind the WEKIT solution and the findings of the pilot trials reported so far in a series of articles and papers.

Fridolin Wild speaker info at AWE EU website.

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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