EuroXR is comprised of 2 types of members:
Such members are companies and organizations (universities, institutes, associations, national chapters and associations) that either make a significant contribution to VR/AR/MR or are end users of such technologies.
Such members are individuals or students who work or used to work in the field, or have an interest in VR/AR/MR.
There are three levels of organisation of members within the Association:
the General Assembly is the ultimate decision-making body of the Association and consists of all the members;
the Executive Committee is responsible for the management of the Association and consists of 15 elected members;
the Executive Board is responsible for the day-to-day management of the association and consists of the President, Vice Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer.
The current members of EuroXR, including those currently serving on the Executive Board and Executive Committee, are listed below.
Dr. Patrick Bourdot has been President of EuroXR since November 2021. Research Director at CNRS, he founded and co-leads the VENISE team (Virtual & augmented ENvironments for Simulation & Experiments - http://www.limsi.fr/venise/), the research team in Virtual and Augmented Reality (V&AR) within LISN laboratory at the University of Paris-Saclay (Orsay, France). His main research focuses are: levels of detail, virtual navigation, 3D reconstruction, multimodal and collaborative interactions in V&AR, and the perceptual and cognitive problems of users using such technologies. Regarding the V&AR application fields, he has a particular interests in Design and Engineering, Data mining for Scientific applications, Science education, and Treatment of some behavioral disorders. He has been founding member of the French VR and AR association (AFRV), and EB member (Secretary) of this association the year of its creation (2005). Scientific coordinator of the CNRS Labs in the INTUITION NoE of the FP6-IST (2004-2008), he is Founding member of EuroVR (2008) today renamed EuroXR, and regularly reelected in its EC until now. He is the former Vice-President "Academic issues & Conferences" of EuroXR (March 2016 - Nov. 2021).
Marco SaccoVice-President – EU issues and Collaboration
Dr. Marco Sacco is Senior Researcher, head of CNR-STIIMA Lecco subsidiary, and head of division Enterprise Engineering and Virtual Applications (25 people). President of EuroXR (European Association of Extended Reality). His experiences are VR/MR/AR applied to the life-cycle of the product/process/factory, discrete event and 3D simulation, Knowledge management, and Semantic Web. He has been the coordinator of European (two of the larger EU projects in FP-VI and FP-VII) and National/Regional projects. He participated as an expert in several boards both EU as well at national/regional level for the evaluation of research and development projects. He has more than 160 publications (82 Scopus certified – H-index 13 and 579 citations), including papers in academic journals and conference proceedings. on
Mariano Alcaniz RayaVice-President – Academic issues, Conferences and SIG
Professor Alcañiz is among the 10 authors with the highest number of publications worldwide under the topic virtual reality, occupying the fourth position. It is among the most cited author under the topic virtual rehabilitation and the second most cited author under the topic neuromarketing
Christoph RundeVice-President – Industry & End-users
With more than 20 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. 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 numerous awards. Christoph's expertise is in demand by governmental bodies and VC funds, which he supports as an advisor. In 2017 Christoph was awarded with an honorary professorship by the Heilbronn University.
Jerome Perret is the co-founder of the company Haption, and acts as CEO for Haption in both France and Germany. Jerome holds a PhD in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. With a strong technical background in real-time software programming and robotics, he's an international expert in force-feedback for human interaction. Within EuroXR, Jerome has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2009, and was VP for EU issues and collaboration from 2017 to 2021. In November 2021, he took the position of Treasurer.
Dr. Matthieu Poyade is a Research Fellow in the School of Simulation and Visualisation, The Glasgow School of Art, a PhD supervisor, and the pathway leader of the MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy jointly offered with the University of Glasgow. He is lecturing Volumetric Visualization and Human Computer Interaction and Virtual/Augmented Reality. He is a member of the Executive committee of the EuroXR Association.
Kaj Helin is a Principal scientist in virtual engineering area and Certified Project Manager. Helin manage the mixed reality facilities in VTT Tampere. Helin has managed several ESA contracts and participated EU and national projects in field of VR/AR. Kaj Helin joined VTT in 1998 and has gained 20+ years of experience in virtual and augmented reality, simulation, safety analysis, ergonomics and usability. Helin is member of following committee
Professor at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) since 2010. Holding a grant for National Chair of Manufacturing Engineering and leading Estonian research roadmap distributed infrastructure Smart Industry Centre. Have been involved as an expert evaluator by European Research Executive Agency in terms of Factories of the Future. Primary research interests areas are related to digitalisation of manufacturing industry (Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, digital twins).
Dr. Gabriel Zachmann is professor for computer graphics, visual computing, and virtual reality at University of Bremen, Germany, since 2012. Before that, he established and headed the computer graphics group at Clausthal University, Germany, where he was a professor with the computer science department since 2005. Prior to that, he was assistant professor with Prof. Reinhard Klein's computer graphics group at Bonn University, Germany, and head of the research group (Nachwuchsgruppe) for novel interaction methods in virtual prototyping, which was funded by the DFG within the Emmy-Noether programme ("Aktionsplan Informatik").
KRZYSZTOF WALCZAK is a full professor in computer science and the head of the Department of Information Technology and the VR Research Laboratory at the Poznań University of Economics and Business in Poland. His research interests cover virtual reality and mixed reality systems, multimedia communication, interactive television, and the semantic web. He was coordinating numerous research and industrial projects in these domains. He often serves as an expert for the European Commission, National Science Centre, National Centre of Applied Research, and the Polish Ministry of Education and Science. He has authored or co-authored two books and over 150 research articles published in books, journals, and proceedings of international scientific conferences. He also holds several EU and US patents. He is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the EuroXR Association.