AF Lab Associates Win Second Prize at OCE Discovery

AccessFabrik Lab associates Michael Dick and Elaine Wong received second place at this year’s OCE Discovery video competition, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from May 17th – 18th. The competition served as a means to creatively present student research in an engaging and concise format.

The two used footage from their presentation at the 2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas, which they attended in April, providing information on the lab’s HD Collaborative Design Tools. The project allows users to participate in a high definition videoconferencing and shared-desktop environment, facilitating stronger business-to-business collaboration through a live translation captioning service, as well as the ability to manipulate designs on remote machines. The lab plans to integrate the project with other Semantic Web Services in the near future.

Michael Dick accepted the award on the second day of the conference, where he and Elaine Wong received $1,500 each.

The lab was also present at OCE in 2008 and 2009, each year continuing to innovate at the forefront of collaborative design. (more…)

AF Lab Take Top Honours at AccessGrid Retreat

Researchers at Ryerson University’s AccessFabrik Lab were honoured with the “Best Presentation” award at this year’s Access Grid retreat, which was held at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC from May 27 to 29.

The team’s presentation, entitled “New Tools for Collaborative Design and Communication”, highlighted over a year’s worth of work on extending the Access Grid – an open-source videoconferencing and shared-space platform – to enable high-definition visualization and remote desktop control.

The focal point of their talk was a live demonstration of the new tools, which allowed those presenting in Burnaby to interact remotely with the remainder of the team in Toronto and jointly manipulate automotive designs in HD with minimal delay.

Dr. Michael Murphy, Principal Investigator, was pleased with the team’s success, noting “this award is particularly meaningful because it was given to us by our fellow colleagues in the Access Grid research community, with whom we’ve enjoyed a very positive collegial relationship for some time.”

The team plans to continue prototyping the technology while also seeking new opportunities to apply their work to other industrial sectors. They will also work to disseminate their research to academic and professional communities.

Established in 2004 to undertake research projects in the world of interactivity and multimedia design, the AccessFabrik Lab is housed in Ryerson’s Rogers Communications Centre, and is presently comprised of Dr. Murphy, Many Ayromlou, Michael Dick, Michael Lawrie, Ron Rankine and Elaine Wong. Former members include Maayan Cohen, Roshini Dominic and Robert King.

Funding for this project was provided by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Communications and Information Technology and the Rogers Communications Centre.

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