Notice of Postponement

We have received great feedback from many different entities on the development of this program. However, many of these interested parties also requested that we consider moving the dates of the workshop to a time that would enable us to get maximum participation from all the invited groups. Therefore, we are exploring a more expanded agenda and another date later this year. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

IEEE SA Presents:

Understanding the Realities and the Intelligence Behind VR/AR Health Wearables

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) wearables layered in with machine learning algorithms present an exciting opportunity for clinical diagnosis, therapies, and research. This workshop addresses the benefits and opportunities of moving wearables beyond monitoring to treatment and diagnosis with an extra dose of intelligence. Part 1 of the workshop includes the educational agenda featuring the latest case studies and technology developments to support the wider adoption of these technologies into the clinical setting and at home. Part two of this workshop includes a pseudo working group session to develop an outcomes report to share with the IEEE community and the industry at large.

28-29 January 2020

The Rutgers Club @ Rutgers University
(located on the Rutgers University Busch Campus)
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Who Should Attend?

YOU, if you are in any of the following areas:

  • Medical Device Manufacturers
  • Manufacturers and developers of AR/VR wearables
  • Developers of Machine Learning Neural Networks
  • Sensor Developers
  • Clinical/Medical Research Institutions (Hospitals, Academia)
  • Hospitals/Sites
  • Clinicians/Medical Advisors
  • Industry Researchers
  • Government/Regulatory

The program agenda will be announced soon. If you are interested in participating as an attendee, speaker or supporting donor, please complete WAMIII Interest Activity Form.

Participation Opportunities

Supporting the communities who want to openly collaborate and build consensus for solutions that will enable commercialization of new ideas and technologies benefits all industry stakeholders. Supporting this Workshop directly contributes to the development of technical and data standard activities, industry whitepapers, and global education on the adoption of published standards. Opportunities start at $1,250. See enclosed PDF for full details.

  • Tech Pitch Submission: $1,250 (10-minute presentation)
  • Combined Case Study Outcomes/Pilot Presentation: $3,500 (30-minute presentation)

For general donations towards receptions, luncheon and overall work in the WAMIII Platform Development Lab, please write to

Supporting Partners

IEEE Digital Reality
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If you are interested in joining this growing list of supporters and partners, please write to or

Workshop Agenda

This program continues to be in development speaker additions and potential session title and time changes. Visit the page regularly for agenda updates.

Each session will feature up to 10 mins of audience Q&A – included in the total session time.

TimeSession Name
8:00 AM – 8:30 AMRegistration Check-in and Breakfast
8:30 AM – 8:45 AMOfficial Opening Remarks: WAMIII and the Connected, Harmonized Digital Citizen
Speaker: Gerard Hayes (IEEE-SA)
Director, Wireless Research Center (WRC)
Chair, of IEEE Connectivity Harmonization of the Digital Citizen Industry Connections Program
8:45 AM – 9:25 AMRegulatory and Clinical Considerations for VR and AR Applications in Research and Diagnostic Applications
Speaker Announced Soon
9:25 AM – 10:05 AMUnderstanding the Clinical, Technical and Ethical Needs of Clinical Researchers When Utilizing New Technologies
Speaker Announced Soon
10:05 AM – 10:45 AMConnecting the Sensors, Neural Networks and the Application
Speaker Announced Soon
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Case Study: Tech in Action: Research, Patients, Outcomes
11:15 AM – 12:15 PMTech Pitch Panel
Three presentations from emerging technologists for clinical research applications. Includes 15 minutes Q&A
Panelists announced soon
1:15 PM – 1:55 PMThe Use of AI to Personalize Algorithms for Long-term Management of Diabetes Using Closed Loop Insulin/CGM Systems
Speaker: Robert A. Vigersky, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Global Medical and Clinical Affairs, Medtronics
1:55 PM – 2:35 PMThe Next Generation Medical Device Connection Architecture – The Impetus for Future Device Systems
Speaker Announced Soon
2:35 PM – 3:00 PM The Road to the Ultimate VR&AR -- Technology Outlook and Standardization
This presentation includes a technology outlook that summarizes the grand technical challenges in VR/AR and forecasts the technology roadmap of VR/AR in the next 15 years. It also provides an overview of IEEE standards activities for VR/AR.
Speaker: Yu Yuan, PhD
President & CEO, 0xSenses Corporation
Chair, IEEE VR/AR Standards Committee
Chair, IEEE VR/AR Working Group (IEEE P2048 Standards)
3:00 PM – 4:00 PMTech Pitch for New Applications
Three presentations from emerging technologists for clinical research Settings
Moderators and Panelists Announced Soon
4:00 PM – 5:00 PMClinical/Medical Research Insights Panel -
What is Needed to Validate and Adopt

Panelist to be Announced
5:00 PM – 5:15 PMClosing Remarks – Next Steps for Following Day Outcomes Meet-Up
5:15 PM – 6:00 PMNetworking Reception at Rutgers Club Lounge
TimeSession Name
8:30 AM – 9:00 AMCheck-In Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:30 AMIEEE Global Wireless Platform Development Lab and Tech Standards

Opportunities in Developing Test Beds for Global Contribution to Universal Protocols to Clinical IoTs
9:30 AM – 11:00 AMStandards Pseudo Working Group Session
Get a feel for standards working group participation and how open collaboration leads to consensus-driven developed technical standards.
Working Group Leads to be Announced
11:00 AM – 12:30 PMOutcomes Wanted Session
Three roundtable groups will collaborate on providing a list of challenges, needs – tech, data standards and industry guidance for adopting AR/VR technologies into clinical research settings.
12:30 PMClosing Lunch

Speakers: Subject Matter Experts

We are currently accepting presentations from clinical application experts and technical “show and tell” submissions. See below for more details or write to

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Gerard Hayes

Dr. Hayes has nearly three decades of experience in government and commercial electromagnetic research and design. Prior to working with the Town of Wake Forest to establish the WRCNC in 2010, Dr. Hayes was the Director of Engineering at GreenWave Scientific where he led the development of antenna and RF circuit designs for a diverse range of DoD applications. At Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications (USA) Inc., Dr. Hayes provided global technical leadership in the Technology and Research organization with contributions to handset antenna design, technology, and radiated performance optimization. At Lockheed Martin (formerly Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.), Dr. Hayes supported research and development efforts for space-based, phased array applications. The scope of his experience encompasses electromagnetic theory, bioelectromagnetics, antenna design, RF circuit analysis, and material engineering. He has participated in the development of international standards for OTA, HAC, and SAR evaluation (including IEEE, IEC, CTIA, and C63 standards). With over 70 US patents, Dr. Hayes has maintained a prominent technical role in the wireless industry.

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Ron Schilling

I am fortunate to have entered medical imaging in 1976 at the birth of the GE CT program. As the Director of Marketing for CT, I interfaced very closely with UCSF and many leadership institutions around the world.

In 1978, as the Director of the Far East, GE became the leader of whole body CT in Japan. In 1980 the 1st whole body CT was placed into Beijing Hospital by GE. In 1980, as the Director for Strategic Planning for GE, the goal of becoming #1 in the world was set in place with the establishment of the 8800 CT.

As President of Diasonics MRI, starting in 1983, with the research team being part of UCSF, the concept of the Clinical/Technical Tie was born – having doctors working in the research lab alongside scientists. Dr. Alex Margulis was the creator of this amazing process.

From 1986 to 1991, as President of Toshiba medical, the company grew by a factor of 4 including the acquisition of Diasonics MRI. As a board member of Stentor, and strategic advisor, Stentor was acquired by Philips in 2005.

During the last 5 years, while bringing Interactive Virtual Reality to the market at EchoPixel, the concept of “Bridging the Radiology-Surgery Gap” was established. Status reports on BRSG were presented at CARS several times over this period. In addition, the foundation of IHE-Surgery was established under the leadership of Dr. Heinz Lemke, with EchoPixel being a charter member.

Over 100 presentations and publications in medical imaging have been provided at professional publications and venues.

Served on the National Board of the Alzheimer’s Association for 8 years; a Fellow of AIMBE; Senior/Life Member IEEE; Int’l Board of IHE; Advisory Board of Applied Radiology; SIIM Outstanding Leadership Award; Lecturer at Stanford, “Tools for Strategic Management.”

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Robert A. Vigersky, M.D.

Robert A. Vigersky, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer of Medtronic Diabetes and Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.  He was the Valedictorian of Boston University School of Medicine, did his Internal Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Endocrinology Fellowship at NIH.  His career has included Academia (Walter Reed), Private Practice (including Director of the Diabetes Treatment Center at Georgetown University Hospital) and the Washington Hospital Center, and Industry (Medtronic). 

Dr. Vigersky served in Iraq, Korea, and Germany and held the rank of Colonel before retiring in 2015.  He received numerous military awards including the Legion of Merit in 2009.   He was a member of the VA/DoD guideline committee and represented the Department of Defense on the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease.  He continues to volunteer at Walter Reed.

He has been an active participant in the Endocrine Society and served as President from 2009-2010 and the Diabetes Technology Society which gave him its Leadership Award in 2011.  Dr. Vigersky has published over 280 scholarly papers and abstracts focusing on the use of technology to improve outcomes of patients with diabetes.

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Yu Yuan, PhD

Dr. Yu Yuan is a visionary researcher, inventor, and entrepreneur in the areas of Consumer Technology, Transportation, Internet of Things, and Digital Transformation. He founded Senses Global Corporation, a multinational technology company specializing in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Human Augmentation. Prior to this he served as the president of CATE Global, a think tank focusing on bringing world-class expertise to clients and projects all over the world. Prior to that he worked for IBM Research as a research scientist and was a key contributor to IBM’s Cell Broadband Engine, Smarter Planet, and IoT initiative. He has been a passionate volunteer in various leadership positions at IEEE and other professional communities. His outstanding service in IEEE standards activities at different levels (working group, standards committee, and governance at higher levels) has been widely appreciated by standards developers, individual members, and corporate members. He is chairing the IEEE VR/AR Working Group. Having attracted participants from more than 200 companies and institutions worldwide, the working group is one of the world’s largest forces dedicated to VR/AR standardization, with 12 standards being drafted and more standards proposals being developed. The working group participants include device manufacturers, content providers, service providers, technology developers, government agencies, and other stakeholders relevant to VR/AR, constituting an excellent mixture for the standards to be widely adopted. He is also serving as the Chair of IEEE VR/AR Standards Committee, the Chair of IEEE VR/AR Advisory Board, the Chair of IEEE Consumer Technology Society Standards Committee, a member-at-large of IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, and a voting member of IEEE Technical Activities Board Committee on Standards. He has a PhD in Computer Science, Tsinghua University.



The Rutgers Club @ Rutgers University
(located on the Rutgers University Busch Campus)
Piscataway, NJ 08854


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Maria Palombini
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