AccessFabrik Lab Attends IBC 2011 in Amsterdam

AF Lab at IBC 2011

The AccessFabrik Lab team recently traveled to Amsterdam to attend IBC 2011 from September 8 – 13, the leading tradeshow for professionals working in the media and broadcasting industries. The lab represented Ryerson University, demoing our Flash Media IP-Based Video Switcher and New Tools for Collaborative Media Production. The work presented at IBC was exhibited to industry professionals and experts with the hopes to network and grow our current research potential.

IBC 2011 had a record breaking attendance of 50,462 this year and continues to draw a diverse crowd of spectators and exhibitors from over 160 countries. Over the the course of the week, IBC hosted live demos, onsite certified training, movie presentations and much more to showcase the best of the best in media production and technology.

The show was a great space to showcase Ryerson’s excellence as an innovator within the media production industry. The AccessFabrik Lab team is eager to see how the relationships established at the show will enhance existing projects, as well as enable opportunities for future research endeavours.

AccessFabrik Lab Attends NAB 2011

The team at Ryerson's booth at NAB 2011. From left to right: Shabnam Shahin, Konstantino Kapetaneas, Michael Murphy, Michael Dick, Brian Lesser, and Arianne de Guzman.

The AccessFabrik Lab team recently traveled to Las Vegas to attend the NAB Show from April 11th – 14th. Joining the team were Ryerson representatives from the Centre for Learning Technologies, Open Mobile DTV, and the Global Campus Network project. Our projects were exhibited on the show floor to industry leaders, researchers, practitioners, and hobbyists in the broadcasting and media industries looking to create interest and seek potential future collaborations.

The NAB Show is a gathering of media and entertainment professionals, with over 90,000 attendees this year. The show’s theme focuses on methods of content creation and making that content available to a wide audience on multiple platforms.

The lab presented our New Tools for Collaborative Media Production, as well as our newest project, the Flash Media IP Based Video Switcher. The video switcher was a collaborative pursuit between AF Lab’s Principal Investigator Michael Murphy, Brain Lesser and Arianne de Guzman from CCS, and Uwe Shulz from Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart, Germany.

The lab is looking forward to pursuing the connections that were made at the show with the hope of establishing partners for future projects.

More information about Ryerson’s projects exhibited at the show can be found here. The posters that were featured at the show can be seen below.

AccessFabrik Lab Attends ICT 2010 in Brussels

AccessFabrik Lab representatives Michael Murphy and Ron Rankine traveled to Brussels, Belgium for ICT 2010 (Information and Communication Technologies), which ran from September 27th – 29th. The conference gathered over 5000 researchers, inventors and innovators whose work has focused on developing new technologies to meet and exceed the needs of today’s growing society.

Murphy and Rankine attended all three days of sessions at the trade show, providing demonstrations of the AccessFabrik Lab’s remote desktop collaboration tools, which provide high definition, low-latency remote desktop streaming and control to machines potentially located anywhere across the globe. Murphy assumed control of a PC housed in the lab’s Toronto offices at Ryerson University, where he played high definition video and collaboratively edited video with lab representatives over 6000 kilometers away.

The conference served as an excellent networking environment, with numerous potential research collaborators and business partners finding interest in the lab’s technologies. The AccessFabrik Lab is excited to watch these relationships develop in the coming months.

AF Lab Gives Demonstration at CSCW 2008

Ron Rankine and Many Ayromlou of the AccessFabrik Lab presented a demo of the lab’s New Tools for Industrial Design and Communication at the ACM CSCW 2008 conference in San Diego, California from November 8th – 12th. The conference, which is centred on “Computer Supported Cooperative Work” and collaboration, looks to unravel the challenges and constructive implications of developing collaborative systems through various presentations from researchers and leaders of the field.

The demonstration detailed the lab’s work on shared spaced multimedia interaction, accomplished through a combination of remote desktop environments, videoconferencing, as well as live translation and captioning services among other things. The demo can be viewed here.

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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