akland University has recently announced that it is collaborating with the College for Creative Studies as well as a group of regional industry partners to found an Augmented Reality Center (ARC) which will be based at the Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science.
The Augmented Reality Center will introduce students to the capabilities of innovative augmented reality technologies and give students the opportunity to work alongside expert staff and industry partners to understand and utilise the technology in a wide range of manufacturing components.
The Oakland University understands that AR technology will play a significant role in progressing the future of manufacturing, due to its ability to blend the physical world with augmented data to create a new and better way to interact with machinery as well as creating more cost effective and efficient solutions for businesses. Oakland University hopes that by training students in AR technology it will equip them for promising careers in a rapidly growing industry following graduation.
Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, Dr. Louay Chamra, commented that the founding partners will sit on an Industrial Advisory Board with Oakland University staff where they will deliver ideas for research, training and workforce development which can then be rolled out at the Augmented Reality Center to benefit both students and industries.
When discussing the ARC, Chamra stated:
“Advancing augmented reality will prepare companies in our region to be more competitive in the global marketplace and more successful in achieving goals that are part of the fourth industrial revolution… People often see STEM and industrial design as separate fields, but we create powerful opportunities when we bring these subjects together synergistically to improve efficiency and advance industry all around us.”
Some of the regional industry partners who have chosen to take part in the Augmented Reality Center include; the US Military Ground Vehicle Systems, Siemens, ABB Inc., General Motors, KUKA Robotics, AM General, Hirotec America, Magna International, Continental, MAHLE Industries and Rave Computer,
Epic Games is also supporting the AMC through its Epic MegaGrants Program, a USD $100 million initiative created to assist and service enterprise professionals, media and entertainment creators, game and tool developers, educators and students who are developing outstanding work through the Unreal Engine as well as enhancing open-source capabilities for the 3D graphics community.