Michael Murphy Vists the National Music Centre

Michael Murphy recently traveled to the National Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta, as part of his research on Frank Morse Robb and the Robb Wave Organ. Beginning his business in 1927, Robb is today known as the inventor of the world’s first electronic organ. Among the 15-16 organs Robb produced over the course of 12 years, The National Music Centre is thought to have the only surviving electronic organ he produced.

The National Music Centre has posted a brief interview with Murphy outlining some of the background behind Robb’s electronic organ. You can learn more about Murphy’s research here.

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 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.

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