Buon Giorno, Vicenza! A Recap of the XR4DRAMA Disaster Management Test Run

When the consortium is in the mood for meetings, it’s in the mood for meetings. Less than two weeks after our media production pilot and the first plenary on Corfu, we got together yet again. On May 17th, we met in the “Sala Chiesa” at the beautiful, historic Palazzo Trissino al Corso, located in the center of Vicenza. Our goal this time: Do an XR4DRAMA risk/disaster prevention and management test run, led by consortium member AAWA and their local partners, the emergency control crew of Vicenza municipality.

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Yassas, XR4DRAMA Crew! A Recap of the Consortium’s First In-Person Meeting on Corfu

So this actually happened: After 17 months of working remotely with seven teams based in four countries, everybody hopped into a car, a bus, onto a train, a ferry, a plane – and went to Corfu. Where we had a much needed all-hands workshop and consortium meeting, at the Ariti Hotel in Kanoni, in the first week of May, 2022. We still have to pinch ourselves. Now what’s going on in terms of prototype development, project management and project exploitation will be subject of a number of upcoming deliverables. This post instead summarizes the activities during our first “real” get-together and DW’s media pilot test run, which was at the center of it all.  We also have a couple of nice black & white shots for you.

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Meet the XR4DRAMA Consortium (VII): Christos Stentoumis and up2metric

Computer vision, photogrammetry, and 3D modeling power from Greece: up2metric’s Ilias, Alex, Nikos, Anisa, Panagiatis, Minas, Monika Sara – and Christos (top to bottom, left to right)

In this series of blog interviews, we further introduce the people and organizations behind XR4DRAMA by asking them about their work and their particular interest in the project. Our seventh and last interview partner is Christos Stentoumis, co-founder of the Athens-based IT engineering company up2metric.

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Interested in XR4DRAMA? This multi-disciplinary events calendar might be for you as well!

First of all: We’re fully aware that an annual events calendar is usually published in January. However, we were busy with research, development and planning then, so the following post only covers events that take part in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarter of 2022.

As for focus topics, it’s been quite a challenge to decide which events to list and which to leave out. That’s because XR4DRAMA is about XR and multimodal data and (remote) disaster management and location scouting. We’re pretty sure, however, that if you’re interested in at least some (aspects) of the aforementioned topics, the following list will be quite helpful when nagivating the jungle of international conferences, meetings, and exhibitions.

Here goes:

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Meet the XR4DRAMA Consortium (V): Leo Wanner and UPF

ICREA Research Professor Leo Wanner leads at team of NLP specialists at Pompeu Fabra University

In this series of blog interviews, we further introduce the people and organizations behind XR4DRAMA by asking them about their work and their particular interest in the project. Our sixth interview partner is Leo Wanner of UPF-TALN, the widely acclaimed group of natural language processing specialists at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

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XR4DRAMA: Technical Achievements So Far

Wow. We’ve already completed more than 50% of XR4DRAMA, and the week before Christmas 2021 saw us pass our first official review. So it’s actually a good time to give you a quick summary of all the tech we’ve been putting together and reflecting on – and to let you what’s coming next.

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Meet the XR4DRAMA Consortium (V): Rita Paradiso and Smartex

Rita Paradiso, Smartex’s Head of Research, browsing the company’s latest collection

In this series of blog interviews, we further introduce the people and organizations behind XR4DRAMA by asking them about their work and their particular interest in the project. Our fifth interview partner is Rita Paradiso of Smartex, an Italian manufacturer of smart, bio-sensing textiles.

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Which kind of XR for which kind of scenario?

So we’ve been experimenting with extended reality (XR) technology for disaster management and media planning for roughly a year now. We’ve been discussing use cases, building mock-ups, and creating prototype applications. A key question we’ve been coming back to again and again is this one:

Which kind of XR should we use for which scenario?

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Meet the XR4DRAMA Consortium (IV): Yash Shekhawat and Nurogrames

Yash Shekhawat, XR4DRAMA project lead for Nurogames

In this series of blog interviews, we further introduce the people and organizations behind XR4DRAMA by asking them about their work and their particular interest in the project. Our fourth interview partner is Yash Shekhawat of Nurogames, a German software house that specializes in game development and immersive media.

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