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 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…)

AccessFabrik Lab Travels to the UK

After an initial meeting on March 24th, 2010 at Ryerson University, Dr. Michael Murphy (Head of Audio & Digital Media at the School of Radio and Television Arts) and Ron Rankine (Manager of Project and Research Support at the Rogers Communication Centre) travelled to the UK to meet with partners of MUPPITS, a collaborative project supported by 9 UK Industry partners, during the month of May. (more…)

FCAD Newsletter: “Grad Student Presents in Lisbon”

AccessFabrik Lab principal investigator, Dr. Michael Murphy – Head of Audio & Digital Media at the School of Radio and Television Arts – and research associate, Michael Dick – a graduate student in the Communication and Culture Program – presented a peer-reviewed paper at the WEBIST conference 2009 in Lisbon. The presentation was primarily based on the lab’s research and development on the Access Grid technology and semantic web applications.

The 5th international WEBIST (Web Information Systems and Technologies) conference brought together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in real world applications and web-based information systems. According to the WEBIST website, this high standard conference only permits acceptance based on “quality, relevance and originality”.

Links: WEBIST 2009

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.


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