Orion: “Ryerson lab experiments with next-generation videoconferencing”

The AccessFabrik Lab has been experimenting with Access Grid technologies since 2004, shortly after the lab’s founding in 2003 and the emergence of the Access Grid in 2001.

An article published in Orion on January 2009, Ryerson lab experiments with next-generation videoconferencing, outlines Ryerson’s efforts in developing their project “New Tools for Collaborative Design and Communication” (also referred to as USWS, HD Collaborative Design Tools or CoMedia 2), which is an extension of the Access Grid open-source videoconferencing application.

Ryerson’s extensions on the Access Grid – with primary focus on the field of automotive engineering and manufacturing – provides high-definition visualization and remote desktop control. The technology in its entirety aims to create an interactive “shared space” environment that allows group-to-group communication and design. The project includes tools to provide real-time 3D design manipulation, captioning and translation in order to enable real-time interaction and reduce cultural barriers.

In partnership with Industrial partner Magna Closures Inc. and research partner Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering of Germany, the research initiative aims to improve shared desktop environments, collaborative visualization and integrate semantic technology.

Future goals for this project include efficient ways to achieve automated captioning, voice recognition and translation.

Source: http://www.orion.on.ca/newsletter/jan09/ryerson.html

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