On July 7 and 8, 2021, a delegation from Vienna University of Technology visited RWTH Aachen University in Germany as part of an academic exchange. The visiting delegation included the full Rectorate, members of the university council, and a representative of the student body.
During their time in Aachen, representatives from TU Vienna visited several institutes, including the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), headed by Prof. Dr. Robert Schmitt. The meeting provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the MyScore Project developed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nacken. This project focuses on the virtualization of teaching using avatars and virtual reality.
One of our final-year students, Mr Mohamed Mansouri, was chosen to present the software to the members of the Rectorate from TU Vienna. The delegation was able to experience their movements within the Virtual Reality environment and communicate with other avatars.
In the demo, the team walked through the virtual conference room for a brief meeting to showcase an online meeting in a virtual environment. They then moved to the virtual lecture hall, where one of the professors delivered a lecture and presented slides on his virtual screen. Finally, students went to the WZL machine workshop, first to the real laboratory and then later on to the same laboratory, however, in a virtual environment.
A DAAD scholarship enabled our student to complete his bachelor thesis at RWTH Aachen University. Upon his return to GUtech, he will implement a similar environment here.