ObjectivesThe Telepresence and Distributed Virtual Environments (T&DVE) chain brings together projects active across a wide range of technologies, and applies their expertise to the field of telepresence, multimedia and virtual reality as well as application development, assessment and human factors evaluation. The objective is to develop, demonstrate and help standardise advanced T&DVE generic services and to maximise synergy between the various contributing projects.
Target RecipientsThe group works in conjunction with other initiatives targeted on particular user communities. These include sector-specific initiatives such as; the ACTS GAT (Telework/Tele-co-operation) chain; standardisation bodies in the multimedia representation, coding, networking, and visualisation area including VR; potential T&DVE service providers, application developers and users. Results may also be of interest to strategy planners interested in techno-economic assessment of new technology.
TechnologyResponsibilities of participating projects have been assigned for core technological issues (see the figure below):
Figure 6.4.2: Telepresence and Distributed Virtual Environments (SID) Chain
Particular attention will be given to user-oriented issues (MIDSTEP) such as prototyping and usability assessment since the immersion in a Virtual Environment creates a particular experience which may have an impact on the user with respect to his/her normal activities.
Expected ResultsThe group of projects intends to set up joint demonstrations and trials of T&DVE-based services (possibly involving projects and organisations outside of ACTS) raising the awareness for the potential of such services. These will lead to common specifications. The following scenario are considered:
Work will result in joint demonstrations and trials of T&DVE-based services (possibly involving projects and organisations outside of ACTS) raising the awareness for the potential of such services. The following Guidelines will be produced :
The Chain may also propose an Action Plan aimed at supporting the concerted and organised development of advanced T&DVE technology and applications (involving industrial sector, network operators, the internet community, application developers etc...) in the framework of future R&D initiatives.
Output/End DateEnd 1998
Participants (see ACTS projects page for further details of the individual projects)
ChairpersonRay Earnshaw +44 1274 384001 email@example.com
EC MonitorsEric Badiqué +32 2 296 34 66 firstname.lastname@example.org
Carlos Morais Pires +32 2 296 34 01 email@example.com