Application Technology / e*
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HDTV | eScience | Medical Worshop | eCulture | eLearning

HDTV & Access Grid Session I

Date: 25th August 2005
Time: 9:00 - 10:30
Place: Room C


Organizing chairs:
This HDTV session is designed to provide attendees with an opportunity to discuss the latest development around the network-based delivery of HD (high-definition) video technology. Aiming to provide immersive experience to end users with HD quality video, lots of efforts are taking place to enable HD video contents over high-speed research networks. In this session, several on-going efforts on HD video delivery will be presented and discussed.
Session Plan:

- Putting the "Ultra" in UltraGrid: Full rate Uncompressed HDTV Video Conferencing [Remote Presentation]
(speaker: Ladan Gharai and Tom Lehman - USC ISI; Colin Perkins - University of Glasgow)

We envision UltraGrid as the next generation video conferencing tool. In this talk we present the latest developments in UltraGrid: That is full rate 1.485 Gbps, low latency uncompressed HDTV video conferencing. We present our system architecture, implementation and network trail tests. We have conducted trail video conferencing sessions both over
regional IP and research optical networks. We present our performance results and discuss the implications of the UltraGrid technology.

- High Definition Video over IP status in Australia
(speaker: Andrew Howard - AARNet (Australia's Academic and Research Network))

This presentation describes the current status of HD over IP projects in Australia.
Issues such as ResearchChannel collaboration, uncompressed and compressed HD video delivery, video storage, and multicast video transmission over the AARNet3 network will be discussed. Finally, partnerships and projects of Australia with International organisations are covered.

- Low Latency HD: the 'Shared Spaces' and 'Undersea Window' Projects
(speaker: Jeremy Cooperstock and John Roston - McGill University)

Two applications of HDTV over IP are presented that build on the McGill Ultra-Videoconferencing system. The first involves low-latency exchange of three streams of HDTV between triple-width displays coupled with multichannel audio for creating a distributed video wall. This will permit multiple participants at two sites to interact in life size, as if sitting face-to-face around a conference table. To achieve maximum engagement, real-time video mosaicing techniques are being investigated to create a non-overlapping, multiple
centers-of-projection image over the adjacent screens. The second application is a live, unidirectional HDTV transmission from the seabed at depths of 2000m for science research and education. This includes pan/tilt camera movement and control of exposure parameters, all managed through web services. Technical challenges and long-range plans for each project will be discussed.

- i-Visto: Uncompressed HDTV over IP Transmission System for TV Broadcasting Industries
(speaker: Tetsuo Kawano, Kenji Shimizu, Tsuyoshi Ogura, Hiroyuki Kimiyama, Mitsuru Maruyama, and Keiji Harada - Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation)

We developed Uncompressed HDTV over IP transmission system using PC plathome called i-Visto. Since August 2001 when we had successful experiment of Uncompressed HDTV over IP, we have kept on improving our i-Visto system so that it satisfies TV broadcasting industries requirements. Also, we have shown that our i-Visto system meets TV broadcasting use by experiments
with broadcasting stations. In March 2005, our i-Visto system was used to make a TV broadcasting program for live HDTV uplink. In this talk, we introduce our i-Visto system and some of our experiments.

- HD Video Activities in Korea
(Kiyoung Lee, Seokhee Lee, and JongWon Kim - GIST (Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology))

An update on the development of stereo HDV over IP system will be covered. The low-cost stereoscopic HD (high-definition) video delivery system is developed by using modified VideoLAN S/W. Two MPEG-2 HD compressed streams are multiplexed and
sent to the client. At the receiver, the stereo stream is demultiplexed, decoded,and rendered to matching the 3D display provided. With the update on the system improvement, we are going to present about recent usage of the proposed system at the
international cyber-medical event of May 2005. (


HDTV & Access GridSession 2

Date: 25th August 2005
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Place: Room C

Organizing Chairs:

This AG (Access Grid) and HDTV session is designed to provide attendees with an opportunity to discuss the latest development on the enhanced media support for the AG. In this session, several on-going efforts on the high-quality media services for AG will be presented and discussed.

Session Plan:
- Progress with Access Grid Clustered Displays and PAL/NTSC Video [Remote Presentation via AG (or Polycom)]
(speaker: Christoph Willing - University of Queensland)

Room based AG nodes typically have three projected screens and an operator display, usually implemented using a mixture of AGP and PCI bus cards. Apart from the performance problem due to the lower video bandwidth available on the PCI bus cards, there is also a limit on the number of display outputs that can be generated from a single general purpose machine. Distributed Multihead X (DMX) enables a single desktop to span AGP display outputs from multiple computers. This allows (in principle) AG nodes with as many screens as may be desired. An unexpected problem is the amount of space required to house so many computers, which is addressed through the use of Single Board Computers (SBC's).This talk will describe the issues involved in building a room size AG node using this clustered display technique. Some of the uses to which such "oversized" displays may be put will be discussed, as well as the possibility that such systems could provide additional compute capacity. As an example, a JPGVideo node service has been created to take advantage of the extra processing power is now available.

- High quality video support for the AG
(JongWon Kim and ACE Project Team - GIST(Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology))

With the advent of Gbps-range Research and Engineering networks, it is now possible to accommodate bandwidth-demanding high-quality (DV or HDV) video services into the AG (Access Grid). To enable this, since year 2003, GIST ACE team has been working
on high-quality video extensions for the AG. In year 2004, the development of DV/HDV support for the AG is completed and released for public use ( For this, we designed extensions for the existing AG video services, so callled
¡°ExtendedVideo{Producer,Consumer}Services¡± by considering following issues: flexible multicast address allocation, versatile video codec/application support, and network adaptive transmission. However, even though the developed AGTk modification has enabled
the DV/HDV support for the AG, there have been several limitations. Thus, in the talk, we would like to present our continuing efforts to mitigate some of current limitations as below: 1) Network adaptation capability, 2) Improved network connectivity, and
3) Decomposable decoding/rendering capabilities.

- Integration of Advanced Video/Speech Codecs for Access Grids
(Barz Hsu - NCHC)

The two core media tools used in the development of Access Grid (AG), vic and rat, have been largely forgotten by the development community. A lack of dedicated enhancement to these tools has rendered their usefulness inadequate as compared to current computing and networking resources. As an example, typical settings are using intra-only H.261 video codec and a-law/u-law PCM speech codecs. Neither of these codecs can provide subjective quality. To address these issues, we integrated several Open Source-based projects into vic and rat that bring them up to par with other state-of-the-art video/speech codecs. We integrated MPEG4/H.264 to enhance the video coding and speex/iLBC to enhance the speech coding. In order to support a better viewing environment, full screen display and NTSC (resolution 720x480 with 30 fps) are supported as well. This presentation will further describe the impact these advanced codecs have had on the development of the Access Gird Toolkit.

(Special arrangement)
1) network setup for demos (local and international)
2) additional projector or PDP display (if possible HD display support) for demo
3) Polycom-based video conferencing support


eScience Session I

Date: 26th August 2005
Time: 14:00 - 15:30

Place: Room D 

Dr. Lee Hing-Yan, National Grid Office, Singapore

Session Chair:
Dr. Piyawut Srichaikul, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, Thailand

To explore facilities and technologies for interactive science enabled by high bandwidth connectivity

Session Plan:

Collaborative Environments

Collaborative Environments are typically large-scale scientific research environments that involve teams of geographically dispersed scientists working together to solve complex scientific problems, through high speed network access to distributed data repositories, specialised scientific equipment, knowledge services, and computing power. This session will focus on collaborative tools and services being developed to support both formal and informal, real-time and asynchronous collaborative activities between remotely located researchers and resources.

- Collaboratory for Ecological Research in Taiwan
Dr. Fang-Pang Lin, National Centre for High-Performance Computing (NCHC), Taiwan

Abstract: To develop a collaboratory for Ecological research of Taiwan under the current e-Science framework, we development a grid-based cyberinfrastructure, namely Ecogrid. Ecogrid is a joint effort amongst two leaderships of Taiwan National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC) in IT and Taiwan Ecological Research Network (TERN) in LTER. Ecogrid is devised to be an application system of Knowledge Innovative National Grid (KING). KING is a national grid project, along with Taiwan Advanced Research and Educational network (TWAREN) a national research backbone, to establish an advanced cyberinfrastructure of Taiwan. Both together allow Ecogrid intrinsically inherits the basic facility of the backbone, lambda networks, and the national grid, such as high performance computers, storages and advanced display etc, and enable collection, sharing and synthesis of information in a logically centralized manner. The collaboration with TERN allows Ecogrid to access six sites of TERN, such as Fu-shan Forest, Guan-dau-shi Forest, Nan-jen-shan Forest/Lake, Ta-ta-chia Forest, Yuang-yang Lake Forest/Lake and Kenting coral reef/coastal ocean, in which Ecogrid plans to build up site by site hierarchically local observatories. Each site has its own sensor network for real time two-way wireless/cabled communication as well as for sensor and data management. By integrating all sites and KING/TWAREN, it is hoped to drive two long-term strategic goals: (1) Nerve endings of the environment of Taiwan, i.e. /Last-Mile/ for TWAREN. (2) To support sustainable development of the island. Currently, four sites, Yuang-Yang Lake, Fu-shan, Kenting and Nan-Jen-shan, have been gradually developed into some maturity. The technology is also used in agriculture to support production system.

- Grid-based Collaborative Workspace for Engineering Applications
Dr. Terence Hung, Institute for High Performance Computing (IHPC), Singapore 

Abstract:  This effort at IHPC explores various enhancement to Access Grid technology for use in remote multi-party collaboration in support of science & engineering applications.  The project will investigate issues of implementing AG on tiled display system running off commodity cluster platform.  Beyond video-conferencing, we are looking at an integrated platform for facilitating comprehensive remote collaboratiom.  Add-on features being considered include real-time remote visualization for large-scale data, drag-n-drop data workspace for handling data files being used in discussion, application viewer for on-line viewing of any data file reposited in the data workspace as well as engineering workbench offering workflow composition and despatching of computation jobs to the grid.  One other important capability is the notion of "stateful" session, where a history and bookmark of previous discussions (data, instant messaging, minutes etc.) are captured so that participants can continue where they left off previously.  New participants are also able to follow the history of the collaboration.

- Current Progress on the uWISE as a Virtual Laboratory for Earth System Study in Korea (via videoconference)
Dr. Jai-Ho Oh, Pukyong National University (PKNU), Korea 

Abstract: uWISE (ubiquitous Weather Information System Environment) has been initiated to establish the Prototype e-Science environment for Meteorological Research and nterdisciplinary Studies under the sponsorship of KISTI in 2005. The key subject of uWISE is to demonstrate the operation of user-oriented metadata pool for meteorological research, development and data-sharing, in which virtual environment for numerical weather prediction models in this year, the communication of vast amount of data on near-real time basis for model validation and operation, and the efficient use of computing resources through the integration of available high performance computing resource are pioneered under grid-enabled environment.


eScience Session 2

Date: 26th August 2005
Time: 16:00 - 17:30

Place: Room D

Dr. Lee Hing-Yan, National Grid Office, Singapore

Session Chair:
Jon Lau, National Grid Office, Singapore

To explore facilities and technologies for interactive science enabled by high bandwidth connectivity

Session Plan:

Semantic-Webs for Digital Archives and Data Grids

Immense quantities of digital data and images are now archived and publicly available through the web. These include domain-specific data archives, covering such domains as weather and climate, seismology and geophysics, astronomy and particle physics, as well as images and digital copies of non-textual human cultural production. Describing, cataloguing, searching and locating information within digital data and image archives is one of the grand technological challenges of the semantic web era and data grids. This session will draw together participants from diverse fields of science and the humanities to share their experience on metadata, standards and techniques for access to large digital archives on data grids.

Session Presentations:

- Gfarm Grid File System for Distributed and Parallel Data Computing
Dr. Osamu Tatebe, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

Abstract: Gfarm Grid file system is a distributed file system for facilitating reliable file sharing and high-performance distributed and parallel data computing in a Grid across administrative domains.  It can be used to install application packages to be executed, and to access shared files in a Grid without any modification of application.  This talk discusses design and implementation of Gfarm Grid file system to achieve scalable I/O performance, and provides evaluation results.

- Preservation of Scientific Data using Semantic Web/Grid Services (via videoconference)
Dr. Jane Hunter, University of Queensland, Australia

Abstract: Addressing the long term preservation issues associated with scientific data is a complex challenge compounded by: the scale and multidisciplinary nature of the problem; the wide range of formats and data types involved; and the often proprietary and transitory nature of the hardware and software used to generate the data. In this talk, we present the PANIC system - an integrated, extensible architecture based on preservation metadata, automatic notification services, software and format registries and semantic grid services - that we believe, offers a sustainable, dynamic approach to the long term preservation of large collections of heterogeneous scientific data.

- Data Grid and Semantic Web for Digital Archives
Karen Chen, Fu-Ming, Tsai, Dr. Simon Lin & Mr. Eric Yen, Academia Sinica Computing Center (ASCC), Taiwan 

Abstract: Digital Library and Museum (DLM) is the major digital resource of knowledge where the digital contents are well annotated in a well-defined representation. Advanced information services need to support accurate, on demand, and federated search of distributed multimodal information sources, to provide mined and conceptually related results, rather than just the keyword based queries. Schema integration, provenance trail, spatial and temporal encoding, rights management, and context-based parsing and inferences are major challenges for semantic level information services.

In addition to share the archival resources in Internet, the major objectives of DLM projects in Academia Sinica are to construct a DLM framework and study how make use of this to facilitate the basic researches. Structured representation with as complete as possible related information while keeping the consistent scalability and long term preservation are the foundation for the digital archive framework. To explore the federated value from the multi-disciplinary digital collections and to discover new knowledge from it are key challenges to the DLM applications.

The success of long-term archive have to take care of the whole process from appraisal, digitization procedures, content analysis, to the representation and migration plan. It also could not disregard the application requirements and workflow for each use case. Taking advantage of Data Grid technology, could ensure the archival quality, the reduction of operational cost and the long-term access to the greatest extent value of the original collections.

Semantic web and ontological computing technologies are deployed to provide advanced information services of DLM in Academia Sinica as a pilot example. Semantic-level services for basic researches and unanticipated reuse, that is to answer query over ontology classes and instances and to maintain the capability to integrate and align multiple ontologies. Ontology-based applications will be integrated to the same grid infrastructure for long-term archive. Examples of semantic-based DLM applications will be introduced and the evaluation and future directions will be proposed.


Medical Workshop 1

International medical teleconference among 4 stations using DVTS

"Endoscopic treatment for early gastric cancer"

Date: 25th August 2005
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Place: Room D



Shuji Shimizu, MD, PhD
Kyushu University Hospital, Japan
tel: +81-92-642-5442
fax: +81-92-642-5857

Modulators in each station:

Taipei (Dr Shimizu, Session organizer)

Fukuoka (Dr Naoki Nakashima, Kyushu U)

Seoul (Dr Young-Woo Kim, NCC)

Beijing (Dr Maosheng Dong, Army General Hospital)

Different from the images for regular use, high-quality moving-image is a must for telemedicine. Doctors from four big cities in East Asia will discuss on the very advanced and patient-friendly techniques for early gastric cancer.

Session Plan:

1. Opening remarks

Dr Hiroshi Mizushima
National Cancer Center, Japan

2. Message and introduction from each station


3. Speakers and presentations:

1) Endoscopic submucosal dissection in Japan

Dr. Kazuhiko Nakamura
Kyushu University Hospital, Japan

2) Therapeutic strategy for early gastric cancer in Korea

Dr. Chan Gyoo Kim
National Cancer Center, Korea

3) Therapeutic strategy for early gastric cancer in China

Dr. 楊雲生
General Hospital of People's Liberation Army, China

4) Therapeutic strategy for early gastric cancer in Taiwan

Dr. I-Lin Lee
National Taiwan University

5.   Discussion


Medical Workshop 2

Date: 25th August 2005
Time: 16:00 - 17:30

Place: Room D


Shuji Shimizu, MD, PhD
Kyushu University Hospital
tel: +81-92-642-5442
fax: +81-92-642-5857


Medical session has newly organized in APAN with the growing demands of using high-quality moving-images in clinical situation in Asia-Pacific regions. This session is to understand current status of telemedicine and to discuss how to expand our activity in AP.

Session Plan:

1. Network Supports for Medical Experimentations

Koji Okamura
Kyushu University, Japan

2. Current activities of telemedicine in AP over APAN

Naoki Nakashima
Kyushu University, Japan

3. Telemedical activities in Michigan:

Ted Hanss
University of Michigan Medical School, USA

4. Telemedical activities in Bangkok

Nopphol Pausawasdi
Mahidol University Siriraj Hospital, Thailand

5. Telemedical activities in Singapore

Davide Lomanto
National University of Singapore, Singapore

6. Telemedical activities in Adelaide (presentation)

Masahiko Kawamoto
Flinders Medical Centre, Australia

7. Telemedical activities in Korea

Jung-Hun Lee
Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Korea

8. Technical tips for local instrumentation using DVTS

Motohiro Ishii
Kyuden Infocom Company, Japan

9. Discussion



Date: 24th August 2005
Time: 11:00 - 12:30

Place: Room F

Organizer/Chair: TBD
Objectives: Research presentation (Technology oriented)

Session Plan:

1. The Technologies for Digital Content Enliven Local Community
Ono, Hiroshi (Contents, Inc., JAPAN)
Sato, Yoshinori (Mie University, JAPAN)

Abstract: MinNArchive $B!J (B $B!K (Bis an ongoing digital archive project in Ama-cho, Shimane-Prefecture, Japan. Ama-cho is located at an isolated island (Okinoshima) and had been suffering from shrinking population. The peculiar character of this project is that the community is activated through the development and the utilization of the archive. The elder people (often over 70 or 80 years old) are delighted to join together to develop the project and to collaborate with younger people. At first, we would like to introduce this case.

As the key factors for the success of MinNArchive, we maintain three kinds of elemental technologies are essential; 1) super high-definition photographing with a specialized lens for recording a picture on flat surface, 2) the technique for reappearance and reintegration of the colors of content, and the scanning technology using 5,600 CCDs per inch for each RGB color, 3) an easy-to-use interface with adoption of $B!F (Btouch-HTML $B!G (B and $B!F (Bsky-navi $B!G (B which enables to transmit seamlessly the images
of various levels of resolutions to the users.

We also introduce the future development plan, e.g. the provision of disaster information, tourism information etc.

2. E-Museum Development Progress in Thailand: Case Study of Wat Makutkasattriyaram
Chularat Tanprasert, Rachabodin Suwannacunti, Piyawut Srichaikul
Computing Research and Development Division (RDC)
National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC)
National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), THAILAND

Abstract: Wat Makutkasattriyaram is a royal temple located in Bangkok, Thailand. This temple was completed in 1868. Stored inside, are numerous murals of fine arts, artifacts, and knowledge such as depicting scenes from ancient literatures, illustration of meditation techniques, commandments to observe and so forth. The input type for Wat Makutkasat e-museum covers images, old-document text files, 3D valuable objects, videos, sound, and maps. The estimated two- year activities of e-museum development for Wat Makutkasattriyaram will start in late 2005. The current status will be reported in this meeting.

3. Near Infrared Digital Images of Historical Resources of the Nara Region
Katsuya Watari & Saori Donkai
(The Nara Women's University Library, Nara Women's University, JAPAN)

Abstract: The Nara Women's University Library has provided digital archives such as historical resources of the Nara Region via the Internet since 1996. In 2005, some near-infrared digital images of the Chikou mandara were made an addition to them. The mandara is a painting on wooden boards in the Kamakura era (1185 $B!A (B1333) and one of the important cultural properties in Japan. Near-infrared light made it possible to obtain the clear detailed preliminary drawing with black ink under color paintings. As the high quality images under visible light conditions are also provided, it is possible to compare two kinds of images. By introducing the "Glass view", an e-learning oriented software developed to enable a practical use of images, we provide value-added digital archives beyond just storage.

4. A Polymorphic Data Visualization for Spatiotemporal Database
Makoto Hanashima (Institute for Areal Studies, Foundation, JAPAN)

Abstract: Visualization of spatiotemporal information is very useful technology for research activities in social science. Especially, in the field of History and Geography, it enables us to have various viewpoints on huge amount of historical event and geographical phenomenon. Since 2002, we have been developing a advanced GUI tools for spatiotemporal database; Reki-Show Authoring Tool. One of unique function of Reki-Show Authoring Tool is visualizing spatiotemporal information in a 3D virtual space which present spatial dimension and temporal dimension. Also it has a interface for GIS, to provide specific geospatial information as well as temporal information.

In this presentation, we are going to introduce a conceptual design of Polymorphic Data Visualization and to demonstrate a current version of Reki-Show Authoring Tool.

5. Communication in eCulture
Shih-Chieh Li (Executive Secretary of National Digital Archives Program, Taiwan, Program Office, TAIWAN)

Abstract: NDAP, Taiwan had initiated its work around digital archives since Jan. 2002. The achievements and impacts are culture-related and imply a integrative perspective of eCulture in the forming. Besides the important aspects of various content-related digitization projects and media technology, there is another aspect we observed that need to be considered: communication.

Traditional communication behaviors are limited by the medium, thus focusing on complementary information exchange that beyond the limitation. Information network and digital medium provides multiple means of articulation which enable and enhance human-
human and human-information interaction, collaboration and evolution. By examining the cases of digital commons like wikipedia, blog and geospatial creative practices recently, these examples could show that communication enrich and supplement the possibilities of

NDAP is shifting its emphasis from its original goal, digitization, toward the utilization of its results. We consider communities-based utilization analysis is important to explore the communication aspect of eCulture and contribute to integration of culture and information technology with creative practices.



eCulture 2

Date: 24th August 2005
Time: 14:00 - 15:30

Place: Room F

Organizer/Chair: Prof. Y. Sato (Mie University)
Objectives: Research presentation (Social Science/ Humanity oriented)

Session Plan:

1. Research on Digital Heritage Exchange (DHX)
Yong-Moo Kwon, Heedong Ko, Jinwook Kim
(Imaging Media Research Center, Korea Institute of Science & Technology,
Seoul, Korea)

Abstract: This paper introduces digital heritage exchange research activities and future plans between Asia and Europe, and among Asian countries through high-speed network. We aim to establish a networked virtual reality infrastructure and content development for museums and cyber theater for mutual exchange of digital cultural and natural heritage. Asian and European partners are participating for a transcontinental shared immersive experience in a global scale using high bandwidth of Trans Eurasia Information Network. Our researches on DHX establish, present and use a stable application based high bandwidth interconnectivity among partners. Digital natural and cultural heritage content for distributed immersively share experience are developed and the computer vision tools for content production and the virtual reality tools for content presentation are extended. Experimentally, the content is installed in museums and cyber theatres and publicly used over high speed networks by citizens. In a near future, we hope to establish Asian DHX and World-Wide DHX for the culture exchange and sharing among world citizens.

2. Loess Plateau Project in China
(Remote Presentation from The University of Tokyo)
Ayumu Yasutomi (Tokyo University, JAPAN)
Yoko Fukao (Osaka University of Foreign Studies, JAPAN)
Juncai Ma, Shoji Hatano (Chinese Academy of Sciences , CHINA)
Kazunari Yokoyama (Hokkaido Agriculture Research Center, JAPAN)

3. Indian Traditional Dance: A Virtual Prototype (additional file1, file2)
Faridah Noor Mohd Noor & Selvanathan Narainasamy (University of Malaya)
Suhaimi Napis (University Putra Malaysia)

Abstract: Malaysia is endowed with a rich cultural heritage derived from different ethnic groups. Traditional dances are part of each ethnic cultural heritage and the present generation owes it to the future generation to keep a record with a purpose to preserve and
hand down to them how these dances can be performed. The aim of this presentation is to share a collaborative research project to capture the motions of a traditional Indian dance to mark the beginning of a continuous chain of collaborative research between
the Arts and IT disciplines. At the current stage of development, the project aims to capture the intricate moves of the dancer to be kept as an audio-virtual library of this art form. This virtual dance invites the audience to interact $B!H (Bwithin $B!I (B a three-dimensional environment created by a software, which drives multiple projectors strategically placed so as to create the three dimensional effect. The three dimensional dance framework is first created by strategically placing sensors on the parts of dancer $B!G (Bs body which involves rapid or intricate movements. These movements are captured by the motion camera which registers the input (position and orientation) and integrates with the computer generated 3-D environment. The image generated in the computer is a new wire frame three-dimensional image which contains the vital information of position, orientation, acceleration and proximity integrated within a three-dimensional environment created by computer software. The dynamic wire frame is rendered to give it a suitable $B!H (Bbody $B!I (B and face. This three dimensional image can be viewed either by a Head Mounted Device (HMD) which uses different left and right eye views to create an illusion of 3-D or CAVE (Care Automatic Virtual Environment). One can walk around the CAVE standing or sitting wearing a special pair of active stereo glasses and carrying a mouse $B!H (Bwand $B!I (B that interacts with the space. An import device, the $B!H (Bread tracker $B!I (B, provides information about the position of the user/audience in space. The virtual reality software synchronizes all of the devices and calculates the prospective for each of the wall with respect to the position of the user. Four projectors send the images to the three walls and the flow.

4. With the Aim of Forming the Education Network for Children in the World using Squeak and Fieldserver
Haruhiko Okumura, T. Shimomura, M. Matsuoka & T. Kameoka (Mie Univrsity, JAPAN)
H. Shimamura (Elab-experience, Ltd., JAPAN)

Abstract: When the international environmental improvement in which children can grow smoothly, we have started the world environmental information education program. Squeak made by Alan Kay should be used in this program education since it is
well-suited for children above a certain age. First of all, in "Meme EXPO 2005" (EXPO 2005, Aichi, Japan), invited 37 children of the fifth grade in Mie Univeristy Elementary School received the experience guidance of Squeak from Alain. Meanwhile we have been developing the field server and Broker system as a solution platform in agricultural field. The system has been added a function for the
observation of terrestrial environment as a new role since a number of Fieldservers have been already installed and the number is still increasing. We developed an interface between Fieldserver and Squeak so that children can make a simple program for environmental
measurement by Squeak without expertise. This system could provide an easy metrological observation method including UV amount and CO2 density measurement as an index of global warming state. This program presents an environmental study to find the global state of all the living things on earth through the collaboration among schools in Asia and Pacific. At the same time, we would like to encourage children not only to study the environment around them but also to be concerned about environmental protection activity.


eCulture BoF

Date: 24th August 2005
Time: 16:00 - 17:30

Place: Room F

Organizer/Chair: Prof. Takaharu Kameoka
Objectives: Extra discussion (Research collaboration)

Session Plan:

Presentation for the Discussion:

1. e-Culture in APAN
Takaharu Kameoka, Japan

2. Prospects of e-culture from a Standpoint of Human Science: A case of Disaster Relief and Prevention
NAGATA, Motohiko
(Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,Mie University, JAPAN)



Date: 25th August 2005
Time: 11:00 - 12:30

Place: Room D 

Lih-Shyang Chen (National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan)
886 6 2757575X62372
e-Learning is to encourage everyone to learn by means of e-Learning and at the same time to narrow digital divide and hence upgrade his/her total competitiveness in the era of knowledge economy. In general, e-Learning is an interdisciplinary research area and involves learning activities, either on-line or off-line, which is carried out with digital tools and access of teaching materials through wired and wireless network. e-Learning research covers the research and development of electronic devices including platforms and auxiliaries for learning, the establishment of network environment, the creation of learning material content, and the design of learning activities. This e-Learning session will bring together participants from academia, industry and government to learn and to discuss about e-Learning activities in the APAN countries.

Session Plan

(a) Name of speaker: James K. Chang (

GKE Foundation, President of the Board
CEO and Founder of GKE, Global Knowledge Exchange
CEO and Founder of COMWEB Technology Group

Title: The Next Generation Distributed-Based e-Learning and Education


Communities wit Potential Major Productivity Improvement by practicing Knowledge Automation, Knowledge Management, and Global Knowledge Exchange Programs

We are living in a “Knowledge Era” in which knowledge is power and learning rapidly and competently are a requirement for global success. In response to this new imperative, educational institutions together with corporate training departments (including the many new Corporate Universities) are hurrying to complete new technology-based classrooms and learning centers. The best of these new facilities integrate a seemingly unlimited array of information sources. They function as highly flexible, continuously updated, general-purpose, multimedia oriented and distributed-based learning environments.

This presentation is a progress report by Mr. Chang on his experiences during the past 15 years working with educational institutions of every type and size as well as leading corporations to re-engineer more than 2,000 technology-based classrooms and e-Learning centers worldwide. Mr. Chang calls these new technology-supported and highly-interactive electronic learning environments “KnowledgeWEB Classrooms” (“e-Learning Centers”). The emphasis here is on the human component, not the technological component – i.e. on the “human network,” not the bandwidth. He will summarize his experiences about the functional requirement for the design of 21 st Century Global Learning Infrastructure (GLI) Development to support the future of Distributed-Based Learning and Education Communities.

In the implementation of an innovative "Global Knowledge Exchange Program" (GKE TM ) in the US and Pacific-Rim Countries during the past 10 years, The GKE TM program provides a KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE SYSTEM and methodologies which facilitate knowledge brokerage and management services, similar to the New York Stock Exchange. GKE TM serves as the organizational and management services similar to investment banking firms or stock brokerage firms. GKE TM also serves as the organizational and technological infrastructure necessary for the effective exchange and management of worldwide educational programming via distance learning for both the educational and corporate marketplaces. Through GKE TM , “knowledge providers” and “knowledge recipients” are brought together through a global, yet localized, GKE TM , organizational support system. At the same time, GKE TM worldwide organizations also function as a marketing channel for “knowledge brokers”and “Knowledge Facilitators”.

The Global Knowledge Exchange Program (GKE TM ) is guided by a vision of education and training in the 21 st century. The ultimate goal is to interconnect many of the existing 2,000+ “KnowledgeWEB Classrooms” into a single “Global KnowledgeWEB Learning Systems.” Hundreds of sites in North America and Europe will link routinely with sites in the Far East and elsewhere utilizing a hybrid digital-analog, synchronous-asynchronous approach that combines internet/intranet with live video and data-conferencing tools supported by next generation personal knowledge Management tools as well as classroom knowledge Automation systems. The end product is an infinitely scalable network of “e-Learning Centers” available as a shared resource for the entire worldwide education and corporate communities. No simple education institution or corporation, no single country, could attempt such a project on its own. But the right kind of technology-supported learning delivery system under the neutral umbrella of “Global Knowledge Exchange” is a powerful and essential force for “sustained knowledge development” in the 21 st Century Knowledge Society environments.

The great shortage and uneven distribution of teaching & training professions around the world, in particular, in the knowledge-intensive industry, the traditional approach to solving the teacher shortages and at same time to increase the quality of services is simply not practical and un-realistic. We must try to seeking to increase the teaching and learning productivity by deploying not just the e-learning technology, but it also focus on create a global learning support infrastructure such as Global Knowledge Exchange program or other global initiatives. We need to actively pursuit the sharing of the global education resource supported by the next generation technology-enhanced knowledgeWEB classroom learning environments including practicing of knowledge Automation, Knowledge Management and Global Knowledge Exchange Programs.

(b) Name of speaker: Ms. Pensri Arunwatanamongkol ( )

Research Associate
Distributed Education Center (DEC) / Internet Education and Research Laboratory (intERLab)
Asian Institute of Technology
P.O.Box 4, Klong Luang
Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
Tel : (662) 524-6617
Fax :(662) 524-5716

Title: VClass E- Learning Platform: an Open-Source Total Solution to E-learning


VClass ä is an open source e-learning platform developed by the Distributed Education Center (DEC), a unit under Internet Education and Research Laboratory (intERLab) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). It is specifically designed for delivering online courses by two different methods – through virtual classroom learning or virtual class on demand. In a virtual classroom setting, there is a synchronous (inter)activity in which students and instructors interact through live voice and video while working together with synchronous collaborative software packages for chat or using VoIP technology. In virtual class on demand, students and instructors use computer and communications technologies to work with remote learning resources, without the requirement to be online at the same time.

A total solution to e-learning, VClass ä offers complete course and content management. Comprising 3 major components: VClass ä Learning Management System, VClass ä Authoring Tool, and VCLass ä Player, it is designed to include all the interdependent elements that make a networked e-learning environment. Built on an open architecture enabling extension of the platform, core features include online registration, synchronous and asynchronous delivery of courses, class scheduling, tracking of student performance, grading with customizable score and grade structures, content authoring capturing lecture scenarios and a new E-book feature, content sharing providing flexibility and control for instructors, assignment organization and collection, discussion board and online chat enabling dynamic communication, announcement and calendar providing quick and convenient communication with entire class, support to learning industry standards, portability to Windows and Linux platforms.

Courseware development for VClass ä E-learning Platform is based upon sound instructional design and advanced courseware development technologies. Dynamic and interactive VClass online courses are delivered in the VClass Virtual Class Online Network, which now includes Asian Institute of Technology, ASEAN Virtual institute of Technology, and the Greater Mekhong Subregion Virtual University. VClass ä links with AIT-Student Information System enabling students access to online courses kept and managed under VClass on and off campus, 24/7. AVIST, in all its nodes in Southeast Asia, offers online courses through VClass. GMSVU, will offer online courses and deliver them through VClass.

This presentation will provide participants a clear understanding of VClass as an e-learning solution. Courseware development and platform development in AIT and in the Asian Project, and plans for integration of new VClass features to faciliate teaching and learning online will also be discussed.

(c) Name of speaker: Pao-Ta Yu ( )

Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering,
National Chung Cheng University
Fuzzy Systems and Neural Networks Laboratory
Chia-Yi, 62107, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Tel: 011-886-5-2720411 ext. 5316 Fax: 011-886-5-2720859

Title: Introduction to National Science and Technology Program for e-Learning in Taiwan


On January 15 2002, the National Science Council of the Executive Yuan approved a resolution on the “National Science and Technology Program for e-Learning,” planning to spend USD$120 million within a 5-year period for on this inter-department program. In 2002, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPC) drafted a 6-year national development plan “Challenge 2008” and listed the national e-Learning program as the first key initiative under the “E-Life” category of the “E-Taiwan” program. It stated clearly that it aims at building a high quality e-Learning environment, making Taiwan one of the leaders in e-Learning technologies. This is an integral part of the national efforts to lead Taiwan into a knowledge-based economy.

The e-Learning program is to create an environment advantageous for the close cooperation among the government, industry and the academia and facilitate e-Learning in three dimensions: social, industry, and research.
It is hoped that through this integral program among government, industry, academia, it can bring forth the felicity of learning to the public.