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Award for Chemnitz University of Technology Researchers at Renowned International Conference on Virtual and Augmented Reality

Dr. Mario Lorenz, Sebastian Knopp and Dr. Philipp Klimant from the Professorship of Production Systems and Processes received the Best Application Paper Award at the largest and long-established European conference EuroXR 2022 - Award-winning applications shorten maintenance effort of complex machines

At the largest and long-established conference on extended reality applications in Europe EuroXR 2022, which took place in Stuttgart from September 14 to 16, Dr. Philipp Klimant, Sebastian Knopp and Dr. Mario Lorenz, research associates at the Professorship of Production Systems and Processes (Head: Prof. Dr. Martin Dix) at Chemnitz University of Technology, were awarded the Best Application Paper Award. Philipp Klimant is also managing senior engineer at the Professorship of Production Systems and Processes. The researchers received the award for their publication entitled "Development, Deployment and Evaluation of Augmented Reality Maintenance Support Applications". In it, the scientists from the Chemnitz University of Technology describe their new developments: the AR Guidance System and the AR Remote Service System. These are augmented reality applications that shorten the maintenance process of machines in production. The published research is part of the PreCoM project, already completed in 2021 and supported by the European Union and funded under the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (Grant Agreement No. 768575).

"We are very pleased to receive this award, especially since we were already honored at this conference two years ago for our publication on the generation of haptic sensory impressions during hip surgery training," says Dr. Mario Lorenz.

The AR Guidance System guides technicians step-by-step through complex maintenance tasks on complex machines using text, images, video and 3D animations. In addition, the system allows access to live machine data and enables the documentation of work tasks.

The AR Remote Service System, which was also newly developed, enables more effective communication between service technicians and experts from the supplying companies. For this purpose, an audio and video connection is established in which the participating partners can enhance the video image with text, drawings and 3D objects live.

The two AR applications were successfully tested over a period of 14 months together with three application partners and subsequently commercialized. With these new tools, repair and learning times can be reduced and better documentation can be achieved.

Background: EuroXR

EuroXR is the largest and longest standing conference on extended reality applications in Europe. The focus of the annual conference is on the presentation of new technologies in the areas of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR).

(Author: Katja Klöden)

Publication: Helin, K, Reyes-Lecuona, A & Runde, C (eds) 2022, EuroXR 2022: Proceedings of the EuroXR Conference. VTT Technology, no. 408, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32040/2242-122X.2022.T408

For further information, please contact Dr. Mario Lorenz, Chemnitz University of Technology, tel. +49 371 531-39366, e-mail mario.lorenz@mb.tu-chemnitz.de.

(Author: Katja Klöden / Translation: Brent Benofsky)

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