1. Industrial Training and Workplace Experience with Augmented and Virtual Reality
Researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Project Manager at Europlan UK, United Kingdom
In the context of the 4th industrial revolution and a globalized world, there is a pressing need for continuous acquisition and update of skills to maintain efficiency and to ensure inclusion and participation of all citizens in the globalized workplace. At the highly automated and rapidly updated workplaces, the need for expertise and effective training is growing. In the EU-funded research-and-innovation project WEKIT, we address these challenges by developing a new approach to industrial training. This approach is based on the idea of using wearable sensors to capture expert performance and then making it available for trainees using Augmented Reality. The WEKIT training methodology and the technological platform allow creating effective educational experience efficiently using the time of the expert involved in content creation. The idea of capturing workplace experience finds another application area in the research project Virtual Internship, funded by the Norwegian welfare authority. In this project, we use augmented and virtual reality to increase awareness of schoolchildren about various professions and improve motivation of young unemployed to search for a new job. We aim to find out if immersive and interactive experiences of exploring workplaces and trying typical tasks can help in mitigating the youth unemployment.
Mikhail Fominykh received his PhD in Computer and Information Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2012. Mikhail works on several R&D projects, as a researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Associate Professor at Molde University College, an adjunct professor at the Volga State University of Technology and a project manager at Europlan-UK ltd. His interests include Technology-Enhanced Learning and training with augmented and virtual reality. The highlight of his work is the initiation and co-leadership of an EU Horizon 2020 project WEKIT http://wekit.eu/.