The status quo and path ahead of us
Virtual Dimension Center, Fellbach, Germany
European Association for Extended Reality
XR standards are the basis to achieve XR interoperability, intuitive user interfaces, and they are the basis to avoid vendor lock-in and re-inventing the wheel. Standards generally describe mature technologies/methods and therefore define the state of the art. They are therefore generally not in the focus of research projects. Standards make it possible to identify those areas of work that can be the subject of innovative services and those who don’t; expenditures for R&D can thus be concentrated in such innovative fields. However, the landscape of XR norms, XR standards, XR guidelines and XR recommendations is extremely broad, scattered and confusing today. Dozens of organizations are working on the topic, some of which in operate a number of working groups. We estimate at least many hundreds of documents to be relevant. There is no institution today that overviews, classifies and transfers knowledge about XR standardization to the public.
In his talk Christoph Runde will give a global overview of XR norms, XR standards, XR guidelines and recommendations. He will present active organzations, running XR standardization activities and an analysis of published XR norms, XR standards and XR guidelines. He will adress future standardisation needs and refer to strategic issues such as platform economy and standardization strategies from the EU, US and China.
With more than 25 years of industry experience, Christoph Runde is one of the pioneers in the field of professional systems and applications of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). After starting his career at Porsche, he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) in 1999, where he led the institute's activities in VR/AR and achieved a Ph.D. degree. From 2007 on he developed the Virtual Dimension Center (VDC) to one of the biggest and most successful cluster initiatives for VR/AR in Europe. Under Christoph's leadership, the VDC was decorated with the European Cluster Management Excellence Label GOLD and numerous awards for its innovation capabilites and its quality of services. Christoph's expertise is in demand by governmental bodies and VC funds, which he supports as an advisor. In parallel to his position as director of VDC, Christoph acts as the Vice President for Industry of the European Virtual Reality Association (EuroVR). In 2017 Christoph was awarded with a honorary professorship by the Heilbronn University.