Institute for Computational Astrophysics
Remote Collaboration Room
The Remote Collaboration Room is a multi-site video teleconferencing system using Access Grid technology provided by inSORS.
The Remote Collaboration Room (images below) on the first floor of the remodeled Science Building uses Access Grid protocols in a software package provided by inSORS for multi-site video teleconferencing. The room is frequently used for conferences among five universities with a total of seventeen cameras and occasionally for conferences outside Atlantic Canada.
Attention must be paid to user interactions for video conferencing to be successful. The Remote Collaboration Room has been constructed in such a way that the focus of the entire room is the wall upon which camera images are displayed while maintaining direct visual contact amongst all participants in the room.
ACENET has provided this capability through its grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and matching funds from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, and New Brunswick. Within two years approximately sixty universities expect to have similar capability, allowing researches to work effectively together across the country.
Remote Collaboration Room Grand Opening
23 March 2007
ACEnet and the ICA celebrated the grand opening of the Remote Collaboration Room at Saint Mary's on March 23, 2007. Joining members of the Saint Mary's administration and members of the Saint Mary's contingent of the ACEnet Local Users' Group were members of the ACEnet Executive and Research Directorate via Access Grid:
- Virendra Bhavsar, Dean Faculty of Computer Science, UNB
- Debbie Earles, Operations Manager, ACEnet MUN
- Greg Lukeman, Chief Technology Officer, ACEnet, St. FX
- Graham Mowbray, Computing, Communications & ACEnet MUN
- Peter Poole, Canada Research Chair in Modeling and Computer Simulation, Department of Physics, St. Francis Xavier University
- Audrey Power, Project Management Analyst C&C, MUN
- Max Rastelli, Sun Microsystems
- Mark Staveley, Regional Research Associate, ACEnet MUN
Opening remarks by ICA Director and ACEnet PI, Dr. Robert Deupree, and by Saint Mary's University Vice President Academic and Research, Dr. Terry Murphy, were followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshments, and user introductions to the software. The Remote Collaboration Room video teleconferencing capability was provided by inSORS through SUN Microsystems, ACEnet's vendor partner. ACEnet is supported by grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador, and by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
Members of Saint Mary's interact with other ACEnet members from other Atlantic Canadian academic institutions.
Dr. Terry Murphy congratulates ACEnet on the realization of the video teleconferencing capabilities.
Drs. Deupree and Murphy cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the Remote Collaboration Room.
Members of Saint Mary's enjoy socializing after the opening.