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AUSTRALIA: 'Video conferencing on steroids' a giant leap for research

January 23, 2008 | Chris Payatagool
melbourne-university.jpgMelbourne University vice-chancellor says new collaborative technology will "change the way we do research, fundamentally"

A $600,000 "video conferencing on steroids" set-up at Melbourne University proved its usefulness almost immediately at its launch yesterday.

On a five-metre-wide, super-high-definition screen, Melbourne neurologist Professor Graeme Jackson swooped and dived through a 3D video model of never-seen-before deep structures in the human brain, showing off his latest research.

A jealous colleague (and competitor) was watching over the video link from the University of California in San Diego -- and instantly proposed that they get together to swap ideas.

It was a perfect example of the potential of this technology, already used to foster discussion and collaboration between universities in the US.


Its makers hope the "OziPortal" will soon be used in all Australia's main universities.

oziportal.jpgUniversity of Melbourne neuroscientist Graeme Jackson explains to simultaneous audiences in San Diego and Melbourne how he will use the OzIPortal to collaborate with other epilepsy researchers.

Behind the massive video screen is a rack of equipment that hooks up with its US counterpart over a one-gigabit-per-second internet link -- 1000 times faster-than-the-average home broadband connection.

[via UCSanDiego News Center and AsiaMedia]








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