Software for virtual court proceedings

Transforming online hearings with avatars

Research News /

Since the coronavirus pandemic, video conferences have become an everyday occurrence across a variety of professions. Online court hearings are also becoming increasingly important around the world. In large countries such as Canada and Australia, virtual court hearings have become commonplace to avoid long journeys. A research team at Fraunhofer Austria is currently working on software to take online court cases to a new level: The aim is to develop virtual avatars that will represent participants in the online courtroom. The participants’ facial expressions and eye movements are recorded by a webcam and then transferred to the avatars. This makes it possible for all participants to make eye contact with each other, simulating face-to-face communication.