Introduction

This forum will serve as a dynamic space for exploring and discussing the groundbreaking work of the ITU Focus Group on the metaverse. The focus is on unveiling some of the deliverables that have emerged from this group, delving into three key areas:

  1. Overview of the metaverse: Take a panoramic view of the metaverse landscape. This includes an in-depth exploration of the overarching concepts, emerging trends, and key elements that define the metaverse. Understand the interconnected nature of digital twins and their role in shaping the metaverse’s evolution.
  2. Use cases and requirements for the metaverse based on digital twins enabling integration of virtual and physical worlds: Delve into the practical applications and essential requirements that define the metaverse, grounded in the transformative capabilities of digital twins. Explore how the integration of virtual and physical worlds is shaping various industries and redefining user experiences.
  3. ​Reference model for the metaverse based on a digital twin enabling integration of virtual and physical worlds: Gain insights into the blueprint that guides the metaverse’s structure and functionality. The reference model, rooted in the power of digital twins, serves as a framework for seamless integration between virtual and physical realms. Explore how this model paves the way for a cohesive and interconnected metaverse experience.

Join us in this forum to engage with experts, enthusiasts, and thought leaders who share a common interest in pushing the boundaries of the metaverse. Together, let’s unravel the potential, challenges, and possibilities that arise from integrating virtual and physical worlds with the transformative influence of digital twins. Get ready to be at the forefront of the metaverse evolution!


Target audience

Participation in the forum is open to ITU Member States, Sector Members, Associates, and Academic Institutions and to any individual from a country that is a member of ITU and who wishes to contribute to the work. This includes individuals who are also members of international, regional, and national organizations. Participation in this forum is free of charge.

14:30 – 14:35 Opening Remarks

  • Seizo Onoe, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU

14:35 – 15:00 Session 1: Key outcomes and results from the ITU Focus Group on metaverse

Keynote Speech:

Questions & Answers

15:00 – 16:25 Session 2: Exploring Use Cases and Reference Models for Integrated Virtual-Physical Worlds with Digital Twins

Moderator: Shane He, Program Manager and Strategist, Nokia

Speakers:

  • Changkyu Lee, Senior Researcher, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Korea (Republic of) [Presentation]
    • Technical Specification on Requirements for the metaverse based on digital twins enabling integration of virtual and physical worlds​
  • Hideo Imanaka, Managing Expert, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan [Presentation]
    • Technical Specification on Service scenarios and high-level requirements for metaverse cross-platform interoperability
  • Pilar Orero, Professor, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain [Presentation]
    • Technical Specification on Requirements for communication between human-avatar languages in the metaverse

Questions & Answers

16:25 – 16:30 Closing Remarks

  • Bilel Jamoussi, Deputy Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU

16:30 – 17:00 Celebration of the successful conclusion of the ITU Focus Group on metaverse

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