This is the final agenda for the Twelfth AR Community Meeting. From the Agenda At-A-Glance, go to the session description. Where permission has been granted to share the slides used, they are available from the session description. Click on the link to download.

In order to fully benefit from this working meeting with a variety of experts, participants were highly encouraged to familiarize themselves in advance with the materials on this page.

Any questions or comments, please contact Christine Perey.

Agenda At-A-Glance

Click on Session Title in the table below to jump to the full session description and speaker names.

March 24, 2015

 ID Time (EDT, Cambridge, MA) Session Title
1 9:00 AM-9:15 AM Welcome
2 9:15 AM-10:30 AM SDO Presentations Block A
  10:30 AM-11:00 AM Coffee Break
3 11:00 AM-12:30 PM SDO Presentations Block B
  12:30 PM-2:00 PM Lunch Break
4 2:00 PM-3:30 PM Meetings of Task Forces
  3:30 PM-4:00 PM Coffee Break
5 4:30 PM-6:00 PM Meetings of Task Forces
  7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Social Event in the Wine Room at Sonsie's
Venue address is 
327 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115
+1 617-351-2500

March 25, 2015

 ID Time (EDT, Cambridge, MA) Session Title
6 9:00 AM-9:20 AM     Welcome to Day 2
7 9:20 AM-10:00 AM AR in Info Products and Technical Communications
8 10:00 AM-11:00 AM New Opportunities for AR in Learning
  11:00 AM-11:15 AM Coffee Break 
9 11:15 AM-12:00 PM Preparing for AR Community's Future
  12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Lunch Break and Demonstrations

10 1:00 PM-1:40 PM Web-based Augmented Reality
11 1:40 PM-2:30 PM Augmented Reality Projects at Media Lab
  2:30 PM-3:00 PM Coffee Break
12 3:00 PM-4:30 PM Tour of Media Lab Projects
13 4:30 PM-5:00 PM Next Steps/Next Meeting

Detailed Session Descriptions

Session 1

Title: Opening Address [slides]
The meeting chair, Christine Perey, will open the meeting and set the stage for the meeting with a short presentation.

Session 2 and 3

Title: SDO Presentations

There are multiple international Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and informal community federations seeking to increase AR reach (audience), flexibility and robustness of final services to end users. The domains of expertise, memberships, Intellectual Property policies and viewpoints of these organizations differ.

The objective of sessions 2 and 3 is to permit each organization currently working separately to report on its progress since the September 2014 AR Standards Community Meeting or since its last report to the community members. 

We also seek to include organizations that have not previously participated in AR Community meetings but that are exploring the extension of existing (or development of new) standards to reduce AR adoption obstacles to contribute a presentation during this session.

Standards Development Organization  Speaker/Representative Invited
MIPI Alliance Jim Rippie, MIPI Alliance
Khronos Group Neil Trevett, NVIDIA
ISO/IEC Joint Adhoc Group on Mixed and Augmented Reality Reference Model Christine Perey, Perey Research & Consulting
W3C Rob Manson, BuildAR
Open Geospatial Consortium Josh Lieberman, Tumbling Walls and Open Geospatial Consortium
IEEE Standards Association Joan Woolery, IEEE SA
OASIS DITA Working Group JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services and DITA

Session 4

Title: Task Force Meetings

Prior to starting this session, Guiseppe Scavo presented GhostHands, a new way of presenting guidance and instruction using lower arms and hands in AR view. [slides, video]

During this session the task forces in the table below will meet.

Task Force Name Chair/leader
AR Discovery [intro slides] [status slides] Josh Lieberman, Tumbling Walls
Christine Perey, PEREY Research & Consulting

Best Practices for Open and Interoperable AR

Carl Byers, NGRAIN

Session 5

Title: Meetings of Task Forces

During this session the task forces in the table below will meet.

Task Force Name Chair/leader
3D Compression and Transmission [slides] Neil Trevett, NVIDIA and Khronos Group
AR Glossary [slides] Greg Babb, Textlogic

Session 6

Title: Welcome to Day 2 [slides]

The meeting chair, Christine Perey, will open the meeting and task forces will report highlights of their discussions. 

Session 7

Title: AR in Information Product and Technical Information Preparation and Delivery [slides presented, back up slides

In this session the focus will be on the preparation of technical information for delivery using AR-assisted delivery systems. Rhonda Truitt (Huawei), JoAnn Hackos (ComTech) and Greg Babb (Textlogic) will explore the use of existing, text-based documentation and 3D objects and models with AR.

  • What are the systems most popular with technical communicators?
  • What remains to be done before these tools produce assets ready for viewing within the real world?
  • What are the roles for standards? 
  • How can technical communicators engage with AR professionals to prepare high quality information assets for consumers and enterprise users? 

Session 8

Title: New Opportunities for AR-supported Learning [slides, weaving loom set up guidance video 1, weaving loom set up guidance video 2 ]

This session will focus on activities in IEEE Learning Technologies Steering Committee and the Center for Advanced Distributed Learning to advance the use of AR in learning scenarios.

  • Fridolin Wild (Open University) will present status and goals of the IEEE AR Learning Experience Model ARLEM)
  • Fridolin Wild, with assistance from Giuseppe Scavo (Open University), will lead a use case development activity with meeting participants. 

Session 9

Title: Preparing for AR Community's Future [slides]

Community members will use this time to continue a process begun in 2014 to document gaps (tools, services or information that are not currently available but would be highly valuable for the success of the community) which could be addressed by volunteers collaborating in community building activities through the AR Community portal, mailing lists, virtual meetings and future in-person meetings. 

We will also explore alternatives to grassroots activities including participation in formal industry groups.  

Session 10

Title: Web-based Augmented Reality  

Rob Manson, BuildAR, will lead this session to discuss the remaining challenges for Web-based AR and explore with the participants of the AR Community ways to expand capabilities of existing Web-based systems for AR delivery.    

Session 11

Title: Augmented Reality Interface Projects at the MIT Media Lab

Pattie Maes is founder and leader of the Fluid Interfaces Grouphost of our meeting, and oversees over a dozen active projects, many of which have an AR angle or focus on interfaces for AR. 

Natan Linder, an MIT Fluid Interfaces Group PhD candidate, has been studying projected Augmented Reality since 2010. He will present the LuminAR and system–a compact and kinetic projected augmented reality interface that allows users to dynamically augment physical surfaces and objects with superimposed digital information using gestural and multi-touch interfaces. He will present the highlights of his research and the ramifications these have on merging of AR and IoT. [video of Natan speaking of his work during AWE 2013]

Valentin Heun, also a PhD candidate in the Fluid Interfaces Group, is building an open platform for enabling designers to build hybrid objects. Hybrid Objects are comprised of a virtual and a physical user interface both bi-directionally linked and visually interwoven. As such these interfaces support the benefits of each others' domain. The results of Heun's research include tools that enable a product and a web designer to build Hybrid Objects. An AR browser enables a user to view modify and connect the functionalities of Hybrid Objects. [slides, videos are accessible from Valentin Heun's web site]

Session 12

Title: Tour and Demonstrations of Media Lab Projects 
The MIT Media Lab is a world-renown environment in which faculty, researchers and students work on over 350 projects. Groups are actively studying a broad range of human-machine interfaces, machines with common sense, viral communications, "smart" prostheses, advanced sensor networks and advanced imaging technologies, including some that can “see around a corner.”

During this session we will visit the following groups:

  • Fluid Interfaces Group
  • Tangible Media
  • Object-based Media
  • Responsive Environments
  • Camera Culture

The participants of the tour will see demonstrations of selected projects and meet the experts behind them. 

Session 13

Title: Next Steps/Next Meeting

The delegates of the meeting will converge upon a few key themes on which the community members want to focus before the next meeting, define the steps they, their organizations and institutes plan to pursue to advance Open and Interoperable AR, and to identify timelines and schedule future meetings.