Meta, Seoul National University opens research center in Seoul


Meta and Seoul National University jointly launched a research center in Seoul. The US-based technology company, formerly known as Facebook, set up the facility with said university to conduct research on the metaverse and extended reality (XR) technology.

According The Korean Herald, the new center has been named XR Hub Korea, and is part of Mark Zuckerberg’s “XR Program Research” which was unveiled last year. This is a program where Meta collaborates with prestigious universities around the world.

Since the launch of the XR research program, Seoul National University has been a part of it. Meta said XR Hub Korea will help scholars form networks so they can hold conferences, research presentations, and tech innovation competitions for startups and developers.

Kpop’s in-country Extended Reality Center will be a facility where Meta’s XR research activities throughout the Asia-Pacific region will be conducted and managed. The American tech company will also build an XR Experience Center inside the SNU Central Library. This will allow students to have first-hand experience of the research activities hosted by XR Hub Korea.

“I am all the more excited about this collaboration as the active support of the Korean government and the strong participation of industry enable Korea to apply its technology to various fields and prove its possibility to the world,” Vishal said. Shah, vice president of Meta, in a statement. statement.

Regardless, the groundbreaking ceremony for the SNU Extended Reality Center was originally scheduled to be held publicly at the SNU Faculty Club. However, this was done privately instead, and the event organizers explained that the decision was made due to recent reports of plagiarism regarding the artificial intelligence (AI) research team led by Professor Yoon Sung Roh at the university.

The Korean daily Joongang reported that SNU’s hub is Meta’s second XR hub in Asia. The company’s first center was opened in Taiwan in May. Meanwhile, experts from various reputable institutions and industries are expected to work together on research related to innovation, metaverse economic benefits, cybersecurity, data and privacy.

“It’s a long road to building the Metaverse, and how we build is as important as what we build,” added the VP of Meta. “It requires collaboration with policymakers, experts and industry partners to bring this to life.”


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