Research Area

Multimedia and interactive virtual environments

Multimedia communications deals with the representation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information that is expressed in multiple media, such as text, voice, graphics, audio, video, haptics and 3D virtual worlds. Collaborative multimedia communications refers to multimedia which features collaborative work among several participants who are concurrently engaged in a multimedia session. A virtual environment is an artificial environment created with computer hardware and software and presented to the user in such a way that it appears and feels like a real environment.

These environments are widely used by major companies (IBM, CISCO) for selling their products. Haptics refers to the hardware/software representation and electronic transmission of the feeling of human touch.

The potential of these technologies is significant. They have been explored in contexts as diverse as modelling and animation, geophysical analysis, dentistry training, virtual museums, assembly planning, mine design, surgical simulation, design evaluation, control of scientific instruments, gaming, and robotic simulation and manipulation in hazardous environments.


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