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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