The SPIRIT project’s General Assembly, hosted by Deutsche Telekom at the Werner von Siemens Center in Berlin, has concluded with a resounding success. The event brought together the consortium partners to explore the latest advancements and future directions of the SPIRIT project and plan the future activities towards its main vision: to revolutionize telepresence by supporting scalable and secure high-bandwidth networking, enabling advanced content delivery and multi-user interactions, ultimately facilitating seamless human-to-human and human-to-machine communication for widespread industry adoption.

Day 1: Morning Highlights

The first day began with an exclusive guided tour of the state-of-the-art testbed at the Werner von Siemens Center. Attendees were treated to demonstrations of autonomous robots in action, showcasing the innovative and practical use cases currently under development in the SPIRIT project. These live demos provided a tangible glimpse into the future of autonomous technology and its potential applications.

The following two SPIRIT use cases were presented:

  1. Multi-Source Live Teleportation with 5G MEC Support: This use case demonstrated the incredible possibilities of live teleportation, leveraging the power of 5G and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) to provide seamless and immersive experiences.
  2. Real-Time Animation and Streaming of Realistic Avatars: Attendees witnessed the future of virtual interactions with realistic avatars animated and streamed in real-time, promising significant advancements in virtual communication and entertainment.

Day 1 (afternoon) and Day 2 (morning): Deep Dive into SPIRIT

Over the course of both days, participants engaged in in-depth discussions about the technical improvements being pursued within the SPIRIT project. These sessions focused on understanding the needs of end users and the potential impact of these innovations on everyday life.

Topics included:

  • Technical enhancements to ensure the SPIRIT project remains at the forefront of technological innovation.
  • User-centric approaches to ensure the developments meet the practical needs and expectations of end users.
  • The broader implications of the project’s advancements for the general public, highlighting how these technologies could transform various aspects of daily living.

Day 2: Planning for the Future

The assembly concluded with strategic planning sessions, setting the course for the next steps in the SPIRIT project. Attendees collaborated on action plans to continue the momentum of the project, focusing on upcoming milestones and objectives to further drive innovation and user engagement.

The General Assembly not only showcased the current achievements of the SPIRIT project but also reinforced the collaborative spirit and shared vision among the consortium partners. As the project moves forward, the insights and plans developed during this assembly will be instrumental in achieving the next phase of technological breakthroughs.