University of Portsmouth opens UK’s first XR technology innovation centre

University of Portsmouth opens UK’s first XR technology innovation centre
The University of Portsmouth’s Centre for Creative and Immersive Extended Reality (CCIXR) has opened today, showcasing leading XR technologies in a new, £7 million facility.

The centre is the UK’s first purpose-built facility equipped with XR technologies to support innovation in virtual, augmented and extended realities. 

The CCIXR offers XR training, research and development and also aims to address skill shortages in the XR industry, supporting the creation of industry jobs regionally and nationally.

The CCIXR will also work with businesses and organisations to improve understanding of and improve access to XR, highlighting its potential across a range of applications such as simulators, training tools and immersive visitor attractions, Metaverse applications and more. 

Professor Graham Galbraith, vice-chancellor, University of Portsmouth, said:  “The University partnered with industry-leading companies to ensure that CCIXR is equipped with the very latest XR technology – both now and in the future – across its facilities, which include: “The University of Portsmouth is proud to have developed the CCIXR in collaboration with the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership. This is a world-leading facility that places us at the forefront of innovation in virtual and extended reality, which will be at the heart of the next generation of digital technologies that will transform future work and leisure activities.  

“This is an excellent example of how, as a global University, our work with regional partners including Solent LEP, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, and the Solent Freeport puts the University at the heart of our region’s growth and development.”

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