OTTRS + HCIL Speaker Series: “Exploring Immersive Meetings in the Metaverse: A Conceptual Model and First Empirical Insights”

Event Start Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 12:30 pm

Event End Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 1:30 pm

Location: Hybrid: HBK 2105 and Zoom

UMD students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends—join us for the OTTRS Speaker Series! For this event, OTTRS is partnering with HCIL for a special joint presentation. Please note that this event will not be recorded. (Registration required.)


In this talk, Marvin Grabowski (University of Hamburg, Germany) will explore the transformative potential of immersive extended reality (XR) meetings in the metaverse, presenting findings on design, user experiences, and implications for future workplace collaboration and learning environments.

New technological developments open up new possibilities for the way teams can work together virtually. In particular, immersive extended reality (XR) meetings enable groups to represent, view, and interact with each other in a shared three-dimensional (3-D) space. XR meetings take place in the highly publicized “metaverse,” defined as a multi-user interaction space that merges the virtual world with the real world (e.g., Dwivedi et al., 2022). By wearing a headset that blocks off perception from their current physical environment, group members become immersed into a shared virtual environment (i.e., the metaverse). Users generate realistic embodied avatars that are qualitatively different from two-dimensional (2D) video interactions, such as Zoom (e.g., Hennig-Thurau et al., 2023). Marvin Grabowski developed a conceptual framework of 3-D immersive XR group meetings that integrates technological design characteristics, subjective attendee experiences, mediating mechanisms, and meeting outcomes. He will present his preliminary findings on meeting outcomes and individual XR experiences (i.e., group interaction characteristics, avatar perception, simulator sickness, and task load). Following the talk, the audience is invited to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the metaverse as a platform for enabling immersive learning scenarios and conducting workplace meetings in the future.


Marvin Grabowski

Marvin Grabowski

Marvin Grabowski’s research as a current PhD Candidate at University of Hamburg, Germany, highlights the future of workplace meetings. Between the interface of Industrial & Organizational Psychology and Human Computer Interaction, the immersive experience through VR glasses opens up new interdisciplinary perspectives. He is particularly interested in underlying mechanisms of fruitful interactions in immersive meetings in the metaverse, as well as success factors of hybrid meetings with the goal of gaining new insights into how the new framework of New Work can be used practically. Based on national and international academic stations, he is happy to build bridges between organizational needs and scientific findings. Additionally, he is a speaker on career guidance and professional orientation after high-school and published the book Early Life Crisis.

Additional Information:

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Speaker(s): Marvin Grabowski


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