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Extended Reality @ NIST


The NIST Extended Reality (XR) Community of Interest (COI) represents a group of researchers across the NIST labs who are working in augmented (AR), mixed (MR), and virtual reality (VR).  Their work ranges from visualizing crystalline structures to simulating public safety situations, performing usability testing, and creating standards.  This list is a sampling of NIST’s work in extended reality (XR) and provides contact information for the associated researchers.

XR for Human-Robot Interaction

XR for Robotics

NIST Intelligent Systems Division leverages XR to develop and evaluate novel metrology for assessing HRI technologies.

XR for Smart Manufacturing


NIST Systems Integration Division studies the convergence of XR and manufacturing standards to facilitate quick prototyping of applications.

XR for Fire Research


NIST Fire Research Division develops hardware and software to enable visualization of severe fire environments.


Usability Research for XR


NIST Information Access Division partnered with NIST PSCR to develop methods for evaluating usability of XR for public safety.


XR for Public Safety


NIST PSCR Division strives for first responders to have tools designed around their specific context, tasks and requirements.


Web-based XR


NIST Applied and Computational Mathematics Division enables VR for immersive visualization in a Web browser.


    Recent Highlights & News

    NIST XR COI Members

    (categorized by org. unit; listed alphabetically)


    NIST XR Community of Interest

    Created December 16, 2019, Updated April 5, 2022