Head of 3D & Quantum CoPs | Developer | Keynote Speaker | Metaverse | Spatial Computing |Quantum Computing⟩ AI | Microsoft RD & MVP | Thought Leader | Digital Content Creator ✨
René Schulte is Head of 3D and Quantum Communities of Practices at Reply working with teams across the globe on emerging technologies. Being a trusted advisor for our clients and an internationally recognized expert.
He is a creative developer, thought leader and digital content creator with a passion for UX and 20 years of deep technical knowledge in fields like Spatial Computing, Real-Time 3D, VR/AR, XR, VPS AR Cloud Real-World Metaverse, Reality Capture, Digital Humans, Quantum Computing, Generative AI, Deep Learning and more.
He was featured on Forbes and is invited as expert to global TV stations and a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at conferences like //build, Ignite, Global XR, Univ. Heidelberg, Unite, Vision VR/AR Summit, VRDC (GDC), AWE, ESA, RTC, VRARA, MR Dev Days and more. Writes articles and is the creator of the video podcasts QuBites and Meta Minutes. He also created open-source libraries like WriteableBitmapEx.
He was honored 13 years in a row for his dev community work with a double Microsoft MVP award in Mixed Reality and Quantum Computing, recognized as Microsoft Regional Director and Advisory Board member for the VR/AR Association and XR Bootcamp.
He is an avid cyclist and lives in Dresden, Germany with his wife and their 5 children.
Area of Expertise
Spatial Computing with Azure Mixed Reality, Digital Twins and HoloLens 2
It’s an amazing time to be alive and experience what was previously science fiction becoming a reality with Spatial Computing devices like the HoloLens 2 and the AR Cloud, the digital copy of our physical world.
In this session Rene will talk about the current state of the technology and explain why Spatial Computing with VR/AR/Mixed Reality is a key technology for the fourth industrial revolution and is dramatically changing how humans interact with computers. He will demonstrate some of his HoloLens Mixed Reality projects including a Holographic Digital Twin and how to render huge 3D models on the HoloLens. He will also provide a future perspective of Mixed Reality combined with AI Deep Learning for intelligent edge augmented intelligence scenarios. Furthermore, will Rene explain why the AR Cloud with Azure Spatial Anchors are the next big thing by showcasing lots of enterprise and consumer use cases.
The AR Cloud is real – Building cross-platform AR experiences with Azure Spatial Anchors
Azure Spatial Anchors realizes what some in the industry call the AR Cloud. Large-scale, multi-user, and cross-platform shared experiences with persisted virtual objects. Azure Spatial Anchors does not just work with the HoloLens but also mobile AR platforms like iOS ARKit and Android ARCore. Scenarios include wayfinding, shared experiences across different devices, but also large-scale, persisted mappings beyond the direct sensor view of the devices. Imagine the real-world mapped in the AR Cloud for large-scale AR experiences beyond just your own device, think Ghost in the Shell and other sci-fi movies!
In this session Rene Schulte will explain why the AR Cloud is the next big thing and why Azure Spatial Anchors is a key technology and leading the market, he will further discuss how it works and showcase how to implement a cross-platform AR app with Azure Spatial Anchors.
Advanced Mixed Reality Development and Best Practices
Is 2019 the year of the Mixed Reality revolution with the HoloLens 2? Regardless if it is, it’s an amazing time to be a developer and to be part of the next computing revolution where Mixed Reality is dramatically changing how humans interact with computers. Developing applications for this bleeding edge technology means learning new things every day while creating outstanding User Experiences. Often it also means facing challenges and running into pit falls while working in untouched territory. In this session Rene will demonstrate some of the HoloLens Mixed Reality projects he and his team worked on since 2015 and share how they were able to overcome challenges. His best practices and recommendations will help you avoid pit falls and might provide inspiration for your next AR/VR projects. He will also provide you with a future perspective of Mixed Reality combining AI + MR by leveraging on-device Machine Learning for intelligent edge experiences.
Holographic Telepresence – The next revolution in collaboration?
What was previously science fiction is here today. Holographic 3D remote communication technology is leading the way for transformed collaboration, training, customer experiences and other vital business aspects in today's modern workplace. Valorem Reply is developing its own 3D volumetric video livestreaming technology – HoloBeam – since the end of 2016 and made a splash being featured at CES, Forbes and Ignite/Inspire keynotes. But how does it work?
In this session Rene Schulte will explain why holographic telepresence is the next big thing, show a live-demo and explain how his team was able to overcome some of the challenges to implement holographic streaming using just regular internet connection bandwidth for rendering real-time point clouds on the HoloLens.
Metaverse – Embedding the Real-World into Computing
The next wave of digital disruption is the Metaverse and Spatial Computing, an emerging technology that will change how we interact with computers and the physical world, using intelligent edge devices. Mainly driven by AI computer vision and advanced sensors, those devices can spatially sense the world around us and make the spatially aware context part of the experience. With technologies like the AR Cloud, a common spatial map can be shared between heterogeneous devices to build connected, collaborative, and cross-platform Real-World Metaverse apps where virtual objects anchored in the physical world can be shared across devices and over time with persistence.
In this session Rene will unpack the Metaverse term and cover the concepts, technologies and development platforms supporting this transformative computing paradigm change including Microsoft Mesh. He will further show applied and practical use cases that make these abstracts concepts more feasible and provide business value with the Enterprise Metaverse.
The future of computing with the Metaverse, Spatial Computing and Quantum Computing
The next wave of digital disruption is Spatial Computing, an emerging technology that will change how we interact with computers and the physical world, using intelligent edge devices like a HoloLens and other mobile devices. Mainly driven by AI computer vision and advanced sensors, those devices can spatially sense the world around us and make the spatially aware context part of the experience. With technologies like the AR Cloud, a common spatial map can be shared between heterogeneous devices to build connected, collaborative, and cross-platform Metaverse apps where virtual objects anchored in the physical world can be shared across devices and over time with persistence.
During the Spatial Computing era we will also enter the Quantum Computing age. Quantum Computers are still in its infancy with limited Qubits, but Q-Day is coming, the day when Quantum Advantage will be readily available and deprecating today’s cryptography. Even with the hardware infancy, Quantum-inspired computing (QIC) already provides significant advantages for things like Quantum Machine Learning (QML) and Quantum-Inspired Optimization (QIO).
In this session Rene will explain the concepts and technologies supporting these transformative computing paradigm changes and will show applied and practical use cases to make these abstracts concepts more feasible.