The Advanced Exploitation of Mixed Reality (AEMR) Community of Interest
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The AEMR community of interest was developed to foster collaboration and innovation in the area of virtual reality and augmented reality. The community has over 250 representatives from entities from government, industry and academia both locally and internationally.
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The Advanced Exploitation of Mixed Reality Community of Interest (AEMR COI) is an initiative that started as an effort from the Battlespace Exploitation of Mixed Reality (BEMR) Laboratory at SSC Pacific to create a community of interest in the research area of mixed reality technology. This includes the spectrum of technologies ranging from virtual reality to augmented reality. The AEMR COI is designed to include all government and non-government organizations or entities holding a significant stake in mixed reality activities, including smart avatar development, augmented and virtual reality research development, and any mixed reality related technology. The goal of the AEMR COI is to discuss, explore, and demonstrate augmented and virtual reality technology, applications, standards, use cases, and to provide appropriate guidance with recommendations to ensure effective and efficient community interoperability and collaboration. The community started in June of 2015 and has quickly grown to over 250 representatives from organizations representing nine different countries across government, industry, and academia. The community is organized into four major working groups focused on User Requirements, Technology, Human Performance, and Smart Avatars. Upcoming emerging working groups include Models, Information Exchange, and Reference Implementation Frameworks.
2 Community Approach
The community intends to further evolve science and technology in the virtual reality and mixed reality domain by: (1) Encouraging scientists to discuss current development, immediate and potential uses, advantages and limitations; (2) Establishing potential collaborations; and (3) Identifying community standards such as interoperability and technology evaluation tools. This community also intends to identify and evolve potential research areas for further development by: (1) Establishing a platform for research sponsors to present their needs to the scientific community; (2) Developing research gap analyses in different areas such as smart avatar, human performance, and technology assessment; and (3) Generating research ideas and proposals to foster innovative research.
3 Mission and Venue
The community mission is to foster innovation, collaboration, and interoperability in the community. Moreover, the mission is to also guide the development of new technologies towards areas of interest. The community intends to facilitate a collaborative environment to explore the rapidly evolving mixed reality technologies and facilitate their application into different domains. The mission includes facilitating the implementation of mixed reality technology in operational and support (maintenance, logistics, and training) environments by demonstrating those technologies and applications to industry leaders, technical specialists, academia, and government program managers and officials. The community will assess the technical requirements necessary to bring these capabilities to the operational domain, and support tasks that would benefit substantially from them.
The AEMR COI uses the All Partners Access Network (APAN) site to host its community. APAN is the Unclassified Information Sharing Service for the U.S. Department of Defense. Information about the community, related videos, documentations, and wikis are being held in this website. Discussions, news, updates, and other important information can also be found in this site. Meetings are being held over a telecom number and screen sharing is being offered over Defense Collaboration Services (DCS). Members are kept informed via email subscription to the different working groups, and the overall group distribution list.
4 Working Groups
There are four active working groups which concentrate their efforts in determining use cases and vignettes, evaluating current technologies, finding research gaps, determining useful metrics and tools to evaluate performance with VR technologies, and developing smart avatar technology. These four working groups were developed to support each other in their mission to enhance the community knowledge and practice in this research domain.
4.1 The User Requirements Working Group (URWG)
4.2 The Technology Assessment Working Group (TAWG)
4.3 The Human Performance Working Group (HPWG)
4.4 The Smart Avatar Working Group (SAWG)
5 Future Working Groups
There is a plan to open more working groups as the community expands; the groups below are just some examples of future working groups. Notice that the working groups are linked and developed in order to help support each other.
5.1 Models and Algorithms Working Group (MAWG)
The MAWG participants would collaborate on the development and evaluation of the algorithms and theoretical models used to identify and track objects, predict their trajectories, and predict potential conjunctions. These algorithms, and the object identification taxonomy, are part of the foundation of the AEMR community.
5.2 Adoption and Best Practices Working Group (ABPWG)
The ABPWG would coordinate the AEMR COI activities such as managing the COI Wiki, managing member list and associated e-mail groups, and producing the newsletter. The ABPWG would also run the COI configuration management effort, as well as related efforts, and tasks. They would use JIRA to oversee the changes to the data model, ensuring that the correct version of the data model is saved in the Document Library. They would conduct outreach efforts to other entities (e.g., U.S. Government organizations, NGAs, industry, academia, etc.) and coalition partners (e.g., AUS, CAN, NZ, UK, etc.) to enlist new contributors to the community, and identify conference and training opportunities for COI participants. The ABPWG would also support the creation and management of a common 3D model repository for U.S. Government users to minimize the duplication of effort and cost associated with creating, or buying, the 3D models needed by each virtual environment developer.
5.3 Data Model Working Group (DMWG)
The DMWG would include personnel from different organizations, including government and contractor computer scientists, who analyze the details of the XML, schema, etc. used by the legacy systems. One of the significant problems in the application of virtual reality and augmented reality technology is the large number of different data-formats for 3D models. The goal of the DMWG is to identify duplication, or similarity, of actual data models formats and descriptions. They would then resolve these overlaps to satisfy the functional requirements. The DMWG members would coordinate with the MAWG, URWG, and the ABPWG to ensure that the existing and future requirements are integrated.
6 Community Roadmap
One of the long terms goals of the community is to organize the research domain effectively so that past research can be used to support future research. In order to do that, the community would have to support the development of an Enterprise Data Model (EDM). The EDM will provide a framework for a common data model enabling net-centric information exchange among the AEMR Stakeholders. The Common Data Model refers to data structures, definitions, attributes, XML schema, WSDLs, namespace, etc. which are common across multiple virtual reality and mixed reality systems (Fig. 7).
7 Community Opportunities
The AEMR community will be represented at the RIMPAC 2016 exercise as part of the SSC Pacific Battlespace Exploitation of Mixed Reality (BEMR) capability demonstration. The Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) is the world’s largest international maritime exercise and is hosted by the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Held every two years in the June July timeframe, the 2014 RIMPAC includes 22 nations, 49 surface ships, 6 submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel. RIMPAC is a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.
8 Sponsor Opportunities and Contact Information
Funding opportunities are available through our sponsor program. This program enables sponsors to support this community in exchange for a community package which includes areas of potential interest, with goal-oriented group discussion, and deliverables such as gap analysis in that domain, and potential white papers.
To hear more about the AEMR COI, to join, or to request a presentation in one of our four working group meetings, please contact us at email@example.com.
This project was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the BEMR laboratory at SSC Pacific. We would like to thank the support of our volunteer chairs for our working groups: Dr. Allen Yang from UC Berkeley, Dr. Ying Choon from UC San Diego, Dr. Luca Bertuccelli from United Technologies, and Mr. Terry McKearny from The Ranger Group.
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