Eric Liga

Eric Liga

Chief Scientist, NetEdge VR

Eric Liga is Chief Scientist at NetEdge VR, a company working on the leading edge of applied Virtual Reality training. He co-organized the Immersive Technology Conference, highlighting applied uses of VR and AR in business and enterprise, and has hosted the monthly HoustonVR meetup since 2014. He has given presentations about VR and AR at NASA’s Small Business Council, NASA’s XR Community of Interest Working Group, Industrial IMMERSIVE Week, and the HGHC Global Health Conference, and was the keynote speaker at Station Houston’s Enterprise XR conference. His articles on virtual reality have been featured on UploadVR and RoadToVR.

Revolutionizing Ground Crew Training

Eric Liga will share the ways in which standalone Virtual Reality headsets are revolutionizing training in many industries, and explore the benefits of integrating VR into ground crew training. The latest generation of standalone VR headsets, including the Meta Quest 2 and the Vive Focus 3, has enabled compelling, high-quality VR without the need for headsets to be tethered to powerful desktop PCs. By bringing VR out of dedicated training facilities, these headsets can provide high-quality, immersive training on-site, in break-rooms between turns on the ramp, or even at home.

Being able to move freely and to physically go through the motions of performing tasks and operating equipment allows trainees to build muscle memory, accelerates learning, and increases retention over traditional web, video, or Power Point training. It can even stand-in for some aspects of on-the-job training, freeing up equipment and staff, and giving trainees a head-start in gaining familiarity with equipment. Advanced VR training can allow for trainers to interact with trainees remotely, or for trainees to work collaboratively from separate locations.

VR training is proving its effectiveness and seeing rapid uptake across many industries and is on the cusp of seeing widespread use in ground crew training. This presentation will give attendees a solid understanding of VR training’s benefits and limitations and how it can accelerate and improve training for ramp workers in their organizations.