SURF XR on Tour - connecting with local eXtended Reality communities

In 2022 the SURF Open Innovation Lab launched "XR on Tour", in which we will visit various institutions and events. The goal of the tour is to inspire and find potential new use(r)s of different forms of eXtended Reality (XR, i.e. virtual, augmented and virtual reality), to strengthen connections with existing XR hubs and local communities, and in general to promote XR as a technology that can be beneficial to research and education in The Netherlands.

Inspire and discuss

In the tour example use cases and the latest possibilities of XR technologies will be demonstrated, with a mix of consumer and high-end enterprise-grade devices. By exposing researchers and educators to the current possibilities, we want to ask them to imagine how XR can be applied to their field of work. And not just with the current state of the art, but what about 2 years from now, or 10 years, as the technology develops at a rapid pace?

Example use cases for XR

Some well-known possibilities are digitally preserving and inspecting archaeological excavations, or the virtual examination of the human body. Another promising avenue of applications is the digitization of classical lab environments, as well as other observational and field labs. For research in social sciences integrated and peripheral technologies such as eye tracking, voice recording, biometric sensors, etc, may be used to research physiological responses to environmental conditions. XR can also be applied when individuals require exposure to environments in which safety is key for learning, both physically & mentally as well as financially when working with sensitive and expensive machinery. There are certainly other great possibilities for research and education with XR!


Below is the current schedule of visits, were the initial focus is on visiting the WO institutes. Note that more dates are being planned, which are not yet in this overview, and this table will be updated from time to time, including linking to more event information.

07-04-2022 ICT.Open Amsterdam
10-05-2022 SURF Research Week - day 1 Utrecht
12-05-2022 RuG XR Hub Groningen
31-05-2022 EPIC - day 2 Rotterdam
07-06-2022 VU Amsterdam Amsterdam
08-06-2022 Wageningen University Wageningen
16-06-2022 University of Twente Enschede
20-06-2022 Leiden University Leiden
27-06-2022 University of Delft Delft
28-06-2022 Eindhoven University of Technology Eindhoven
15/16-10-2022 SURF Onderwijsdagen Den Bosch
26-10-2022 University of Amsterdam


23-11-2022 HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
16-01-2023 Hogeschool Windesheim Zwolle
09-03-2023 ROC Friese Poort Drachten
21-03-2023 InHolland Immersive Experience Haarlem

Ideas for realizing a proof-of-concept, or co-development?

If you know any researchers / research groups or educators that would be interested in an on-site demo - or even better - already have an idea for a XR-project but not the facilities available, please let us know. In the SURF Open Innovation Lab we are looking for appealing Proof-of-Concepts to develop together. For more information on XR on Tour you can contact Mark Cole or Paul Melis.



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Reactie van Thijs de Boer

Dag, kan ik me ergens aanmelden voor 26 oktober of is het vrije inloop?