April 24, 2008
A boy and a girl take turns using a computer mouse to control a camera-equipped robot vehicle at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center in Fairbanks, AK. A teenage girl types intently into a shared whiteboard program and waits for a response from another girl at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. A young boy is making facial gestures into a camera that superimposes a pig's nose onto his video image and transmits it to the University of Puerto Rico.
These kids were among 75 who came to the Rochester, NY campus of the Rochester Institute of Technology on Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day, April 24, 2008. Sponsored by the Women's Center at RIT, this event brought more than a hundred and twenty five kids to campus to see what their parents do at work. The video collaboration session took place in the ICE Lab, in the Cyberinfrastructure Center at the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.
Part of the Research Computing group, the ICE Lab engages in research and development of interactive, multiway collaboration technologies using high speed networks and high quality video. "Giving young kids hands-on experience with advanced computer, network, and video technologies expands their vision and gives them a glimpse into their own future," said Gurcharan Khanna, Director of Research Computing.
Using technologies such as the Access Grid and Internet2 allows RIT students and staff to learn, develop, and share innovative solutions to the problems of collaboration at a distance. The RIT Collaboration Network will eventually connect all eight colleges on campus, the library, a few other places on campus, and even campuses abroad in Dubai, Croatia, and Kosovo with live, interactive video links over advanced high speed networks. For more information visit http://ICELab.rit.edu or contact Gurcharan.Khanna@rit.edu.