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