The world is swiftly preparing for the metaverse as it rapidly evolves from a sci-fi concept into a reality, which brings turbulence in the technology driven world. Metaverse has been touted to form the next generation of business applications and models, which will have significant implications for society and organisational functions. It has gained traction from technology companies like Microsoft, Facebook and Nvidia, and retailers like Nike and Ralph Lauren, offering a blend of online and offline experiences occurring in several alternative worlds. The proliferation of technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, artificial intelligence, blockchain applications such as smart contract and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and cloud computing (5G networks) are playing a pivotal role in accelerating the adoption and virtual immersive experiences of users, causing business model disruption as well as innovation in the metaverse ecosystem. The course will contribute to SDG8 (Decent work and economic growth) and SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure)
Associate Professor of Emerging Technology, Analytics and Sustainability at TBS Education (Toulouse), France within the Information, Operations and Decision Sciences department. He is the head of TBS Center of Excellence on Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility (SD-CSR). His research currently focusses on Emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain, Metaverse, Circular Economy, Digital analytics for smart decision-making, and Sustainable innovation. His research projects on these topics have received grants from the British Council, Newton-Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Economic and Social Research Council, French National Research Agency (ANR), collaborating with academic and business organisations worldwide. He has also co-authored a recent sustainability report collaborating with World Economic Forum (Geneva). He has won several teaching innovations awards in the institutions he has worked due to his creative and unconventional methods integrating traditions with modern flavour helping engage and motivate students in both theoretical and practical courses.