Title :

Introduction to VirCA

Speaker :

Prof. Peter Baranyi

Head, Cognitive Informatics Research Group, Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Science

Department of Telecommunication and Media Informatics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

Venue :

Room 215, William M. W. Mong Engineering Building, CUHK

Date :

Mar 28, 2011, Monday
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Abstract :

In this talk, we will introduce the concept of VirCA and also give a demonstration. VirCA is a loosely coupled modular, 3D Internet based interactive virtual environment for collaborative manipulation of robots and other hardware or software equipments. It has the following advantages: (1) 3D Internet Collaboration: VirCA provides a platform where users can build, share and manipulate 3D content, and collaboratively interact with real-time processes in a 3D context, while the participating hardware and software devices can be spatially and/or logically distributed and connected together via IP network. (2) Augmented collaboration: The 3D content and processes in VirCA can be synchronized with the real world, which allows the combination of reality and virtuality in the collaboration arena. (3) Knowledge Plug and Play: VirCA`s uniform, modular, RT-Middleware based framework allows to organize components from different sources into a system using a browser-based graphical programming environment. This allows the plug and play exploitation of the knowledge that is embedded into the academy, industry, or community developed components, and simplifies the creation of new, state of the art solutions. (4) Beyond cutting edge technology: Since the virtual environment in VirCA is generated by computers, all information has a corresponding internal representation in the system. Therefore, in this environment everything can be measured or detected, and various kinds of information can be extracted via virtual sensors, which need not even exist in the real world today. Such combination of real and virtual sensors can be very powerful. This talk is an event of the iSpace laboratory Network, where the Department of Mechanical and Automation, CUHK, is a founding member. See http://www.ispace-labnet.org/home/home. Videos of VirCA can be found on www.virca.hu .

Biography :

P. Baranyi was born in Hungary in 1970. He received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering (1994), and in education of engineering sciences (1995), and the Ph.D. degree (1999) from Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE). He received the D.Sc. degree from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2006. He is currently the head of the Cognitive Informatics Research Group of the Computer and Automation Research Institute of Hungarian Academy of Science, and full professor at the Department of Telecommunication and Media Informatics of the BUTE. He has published more than 200 papers and received about 700 independent citations. He was a founding member of the Integrated Intelligent Systems Japanese–Hungarian Laboratory, and of the Emerging Information Technology in Manufacturing (ITM, www.itm-lab.eu) Norwegian-Hungarian Laboratory.

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