Tutorial 1
XR Frontier: Exploring the Future of Cognitive Support and Training with Extended Reality

This tutorial offers an immersive exploration into Extended Reality (XR) technologies, emphasizing their role in cognitive support and training across various domains. It aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of XR fundamentals, current technologies, and practical applications.


  • Foundation of Extended Reality Technology:
  • Overview of XR: Definitions and evolution.
  • Current landscape and future trends in XR.
  • Current Technologies in XR:
  • Software:
    • Overview of leading XR software platforms and development tools.
    • Discussion on software capabilities, user interfaces, and content creation for XR.
  • Hardware:
    • Exploration of the latest XR hardware, including VR headsets, AR glasses, and haptic feedback devices.
    • Considerations for hardware selection in different XR applications.
  • Applications of Extended Reality:
  • Cognitive Support: Enhancing cognitive abilities through XR.
  • Training and Simulation Systems: XR's role in creating realistic training environments.
  • Use Cases (Instructor’s previous and ongoing projects):
  • Emergency Medicine and Trauma Management: XR applications in rapid response scenarios (funded by Mass General Brigham).
  • NASA: XR's role in astronaut support during long duration space missions (funded by NASA).
  • Military Medical Crews: Utilizing XR for military medical training and field operations (funded by DoD).
  • Transportation: XR in transportation for safety and operational training (funded by DoT).
  • Wrap-Up and Q&A:
  • Recap of key insights.
  • Interactive Q&A session for further discussion.

Tutorial Benefits

  • Understanding of XR Foundations: Participants will gain insights into the foundational elements of Extended Reality, including an overview of its software and hardware components.
  • Practical XR Applications: The tutorial will offer hands-on demonstrations and discussions of XR applications in medicine, space, and military, providing practical insights and actionable knowledge.
  • Workflow of XR Implementation: Attendees will learn about the workflow involved in XR implementation, covering stages from conceptualization and design to development and validation.
  • Networking Opportunities: The event will facilitate networking with experts in the field of Extended Reality, offering opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange.


List of material or devices required by the in-person and/or the virtual participants to have with them:

  • For virtual audience, reliable internet connection and a computer with webcam and microphone


Brief Biographical sketch(es):
Dr. Ebnali Harari is a Research Scientist and faculty member at the Department of Emergency Medicine, Mass General Brigham, and Harvard Medical School. With a background in Cognitive Systems Engineering and Computer Sciences, Dr. Ebnali has skillsets in tackling scientific problems within a variety of large-scale and federally funded research projects funded by NSF, NASA, DoT, DoD, and NIH. Dr. Harari leverages his expertise in cognitive engineering, AR/VR development, machine learning, and sensing technologies to augment clinical capabilities and care quality in complex individual and team-based activities. For more information, please check the following link:

Hybrid Event Format Description:

  • In-Person Experience: Attendees will engage in live demonstrations, hands-on activities with XR hardware, and face-to-face interactions with the instructor and other participants.
  • Virtual Experience: Online attendees will participate through a live-streamed video of the tutorial. They will have access to digital resources, and a real-time chat for questions and interactions. Key demonstrations will be adapted for remote participation, ensuring an immersive experience.
  • Interactive Sessions: Both in-person and virtual attendees will be able to participate in Q&A sessions, facilitated through a combination of live interaction for in-person attendees and a dedicated online platform for virtual attendees to submit questions.