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IIT Madras Launches India’s First Consortium For Virtual Reality

The objective is to enable members to create new advanced technologies XR together through research collaboration that would be undertaken with industrial sponsors and participants from industry, academia & Government

Indian Institute of Technology Madras has launched the country’s first Consortium for Virtual Reality called ‘Consortium for VR/AR/MR Engineering Mission in India’ (CAVE). As a group of academia, industries, start-ups, and Government bodies, this consortium is being coordinated by IIT Madras. 

The main objective of this consortium is to enable members to create new advanced technologies and applications in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality (XR) and haptics together. Their research collaboration would be undertaken with industrial sponsors and participants from industry, academia, and Government.

The consortium will promote best practices, dialogue with all stakeholders, government policymakers, and research institutions. It aims to become a resource for industry, academia, consumers, and policymakers interested in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. The CAVE’s Engineering Mission is to promote engineering of XR and haptic technology development, not just using XR and haptics, and adoption of XR and haptics globally, particularly in India.  

The Key outcomes envisaged from ‘Consortium for VR/AR/MR Engineering Mission in India’ (CAVE) include:

  • Develop Indigenous VR/AR/MR and haptics hardware and software 
  • Setup ‘VR Superhighway’ or ‘VR Corridor’ where many start-ups and industries work together for a bigger mission to make India the choice for future XR and haptics needs.
  • Promote VR Skill Training - Offer VR courses along with Industrial partners to bridge the gap between the global XR and haptic needs
  • Promote Technology Enabled Skill Training using XR and haptic technologies such as medical skills training, vocational skills training, or education.

As XR is highly interdisciplinary, innovations in this field need a confluence of minds from different fields. While most of the research labs around the world are focusing on either the computer science aspect of VR or the robotics aspect of VR, the centre at IIT Madras is focusing on the fundamentals of VR - perception and illusion. Haptics is the future of VR systems, and all interactions in future VR will be engineered with our understanding of Haptics. 




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