Track: Technology
Date: Thursday, June 3
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room: 203-204

Augmented Reality and Avatars at Work
Keith Klemba, SAP
Experience the next generation of the Internet! SAP, will show you how wearable computer systems and avatars can bring the world of IT into even more everyday working processes and integrate them seamlessly into the existing infrastructure. 

First, we will show you the latest from SAP Research, SAP’s global research organization. See how a head-mounted display and wearable computer helps an automotive parts picker complete a pick order quickly, conveniently, and with fewer errors. Worn directly on the body, this intelligent IT can support processes in production and commissioning. This future technology, which is based on SAP NetWeaver Mobile, is already tested at Daimler AG in Mannheim. The new technology is part of the SiWear research project, which is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Partners are SAP Research, Daimler AG, teXXmo GmbH, The Mobile Research Center and Neo Business Partners GmbH.

Second, we will show SAP’s exploration of Avatars at Work. Avatars are most commonly understood to be virtual representations of people and are generally found wondering around in Virtual Worlds. We will show how SAP is investigating the use of Embodied Conversational Agents as Avatars which in this case are virtual representations of Information Systems. These Avatars can bring business processes and information into many new organizational settings (e.g., Social Networks, IMs, Chat, and Video Conferencing). Imagine getting a complete purchase order system by simply inviting an SAP Avatar to join a Video Conference call. That’s the future and we can talk about it today.

Aiding Complex Decision Making in the Military Through Augmented Reality
Joseph Juhnke, Tanagram Partners
Tanagram Partners, Chicago has concepted an augmented reality system for battlefield application through research funding from the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA). The system’s goal is to aid soldiers making complex decisions in high stress situations.It proposes an open source operating system supporting geolocation and triangulation, together with data services that integrate voice, video and image for facial/object recognition and pattern analysis. The system would be supported by a hardware platform integrating a computer processor, encrypted wireless, camera/video and visual display.
The system shows the potential to enhance communication and information sharing at the squad, platoon and even headquarters levels, while actually reducing cognitive load through data visualization. It is supported by a natural user interface (NUI)relying on simple movements by soldiers to update the system’s collective knowledge base. No mouse or external device is required. The NUI’s hybrid input approach combines gesture, voice and context to create a very intuitive experience to foster quick learning and fast, simple updating of data in real-time. The result is a non-intrusive system that can be quickly assimilated into the routine of the infantryman and squad.

Commercial User of AR in the Tourist Industry
Pamela Kerwin, Geo vector
GeoVector will feature the recent work of our licensee Geo Guides, a software solution provider based in Dublin, Ireland. We have selected this organization as a case study because they are a good example of using GeoVector’s spatial sensing method of augmented reality to provide concrete, practical business solutions. We will provide details about a project in which Geo Guides will be delivering to South Africa an application suite using GeoVector based augmented reality to provide visitors with rich local content and personal security and to provide the South African tourism ministry with valuable customer relationship management analytics and marketing opportunities.

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