Dr. Leif Oppermann is head of the Mixed and Augmented Reality Solutions group at Fraunhofer FIT in Sankt Augustin, which is a part of the Cooperation Systems research department. Prior to joining FIT, he was a research fellow at the Mixed Reality Lab of the University of Nottingham, UK, where he worked on pervasive gaming projects and also earned his PhD with a thesis about "Facilitating the Development of Location-Based Experiences". Leif has a background in real-time graphics programming and finished his Mediainformatics studies in Wernigerode 20 years ago with a work on interaction in Augmented Reality.
His main research interest is in augmenting the analogue with the digital (AR/MR/XR, mobile HCI, web-based collaboration) and applying it all to the workplace. He currently leads the German BMDV-project IndustrieStadtpark/5GTroisdorf which features a 5G Mixed Reality remote maintenance use-case that has been repeatedly showcased as an example for “Industrial Metaverse”, e.g. at the Open Day of the German Government in Berlin in 2023.