XR Open Forum

EuroXR Open Forum – Immersive Tech Week

EuroXR Open Forum

The EuroXR Association is continuing the EuroXR Open Forum series. Next EuroXR Open Fourm  will take place on the 1st of December 2022 as a session of the Immerse Tech Week (ITW) organized at the De Doelen Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 


“The Metaverse Meets The Future Of Work”

Omar Aziz Niamut

Over the past years, the world witnessed a complete shift on ways of working. Videoconferencing platforms  have enabled employers and employees to continue being productive and efficient.

Howenver, none of the platforms provide for the immersive 3D experience of a face-to-face meeting, or offer solutions for meaningful communication and interaction in a hybrid setting.

Technological developments that underpin the metaverse may be at the forefront of tipping over the work force to work from fixed locations. And while many of these technologies are still in its infancy, we are approaching a situation where the current technology base allows for pilot studies and comparisons with legacy ways of online and virtual meetings.

In this talk, we look at some of the negative effects of online 2D video conferencing, discuss how these may be overcome through metaverse developments, and pose some challenging hypotheses on Europe’s role to steer these developments.

As Director of Science at TNO ICT, Omar Aziz Niamut guides TNO researchers in the development of key enabling digital technologies, such as AI, cyber and crypto, data sharing, digital infrastructure and quantum. He has led the research on social XR at TNO and has build a solid knowledge and technology position for Dutch companies to become active around Metaverse developments.

He has over 20 years of experience in developing media technologies, has published his research in over 50 articles and has over 40 patent applications. His research on streaming 360-degree video to VR headsets led to TNO start-up Tiledmedia.

About the EuroXR Open Forum series:

These meetings (about one every 2-3 months) are open to any people interested by XR field (VR/AR/MR), in order to foster exchange of ideas, experiences, and knowledge. They take place either as a full remote meeting or as an hybrid one. Each meeting usually centers around one topic, with one or two presentations and, followed by a  discussions with attendees, during which some collaborations or new initiatives can be launched.