Cutting edge technology allows international link up

Cutting edge technology allows international link up

The University of Aberdeen has introduced a unique video-conferencing facility which enables real time link up with organisations from across the globe.

Funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) under their eSocial Science programme, the Access Grid (AG) facility uses audio and video tools to allow people in different locations worldwide to gather in a virtual meeting room.

Originally developed by FutureLabs at Argonne National Laboratory - one of the United States Department of Energy's oldest and largest science and engineering research laboratories - the technology allows the University to liaise with research laboratories, companies and other universities, in the UK and internationally.

Dr Peter Edwards, Senior Lecturer in the School of Natural & Computing Sciences, College of Physical Sciences, University of Aberdeen said: "The introduction of the Access Grid facility will enhance communication between the University, collaborators and key contacts in worldwide locations.  The facility allows virtual meetings to take place with participants able to see and speak to each other in real time, to use online chat tools and to share a range of software applications simultaneously. These applications include presentation tools and image browsers, as well as specialised software for molecular graphics and geo-spatial visualization and analysis. " 

The Access Grid is located in room 203 of the Meston Building on the University's Kings College Campus.

For further information visit http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~csc159/access_grid/ or contact Dr Peter Edwards on 01224 272270.

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