"SUN - Social and hUman ceNtered XR", by Horizon Europe


SUN - Kick-off meeting
SUN - Kick-off meeting

The Social and hUman ceNtered XR (SUN) project has been launched in December 2022. SUN has been approved for funding by the European Commission within the Horizon Europe program, HORIZON-CL4-2022-HUMAN-01-14 - eXtended Reality Technologies (RIA). The Institute of Information Science and Technologies "Alessandro Faedo" of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-ISTI) will coordinate the SUN project and will participate with the Artificial Intelligence for Media and Humanities (AIMH) and Visual Computing (VC) laboratories.

SUN is a three years research project that aims at investigating and developing extended reality (XR) solutions that integrate the physical and virtual worlds convincingly from a human and social perspective. The virtual world will be a means to augment the physical world with new opportunities for social and human interaction.

The project will address the following problems:

  • Lack of strategies to develop scalable and cost-effective new XR applications;
  • Lack of convincing solutions to mix the virtual and physical environments;
  • Lack of plausible human interaction interfaces in XR;
  • Barriers due to resource limitations of end-user devices;

We will develop solutions to overcome current deficiencies, including:

  • Development of scalable solutions to obtain plausible and convincing virtual copies of physical objects and environments;
  • Development of solutions for a seamless and convincing interaction between the physical and the virtual world;
  • Development of wearable sensors and haptic interfaces for convincing and natural interaction with the virtual environment;
  • Development of artificial intelligence-based solutions to address current computing, memory, and network limitations of wearable devices;

The results will be demonstrated in three real-life scenarios:

  1. XR for rehabilitation after accident or sickness.
  2. XR in the industrial context to increase safety and improve social interaction among workers.
  3. XR to remove interaction barriers for people with disabilities.

Per informazioni:
Giuseppe Amato
Via G. Moruzzi, 1, 56124, Pisa

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