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Mobile and Asymmetrical Telepresence

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Project ID:


RFP-2010-060

Title:


Mobile and Asymmetrical Telepresence

Summary:


Cisco has defined Telepresence as two-way face-to-face symmetrical video conferencing. It is characterized by high quality, high definition, low-latency video and audio, coupled with ease-of-use. Another class of Telepresence involves situations where one end of the conference needs to be mobile. This seems to mean that the quality of the experience for the two parties will be different. What form will the mobile endpoints take and what is different about the interactions? Research topics include the endpoint designs, control issues, video capture, display and processing, and the integration with the standard Telepresence network.

Full Description:


Subtopic:

A mobile robot, as the surrogate for a human, may stand in for a doctor on rounds. How can the doctor's presence be conveyed to a patient, nurse, and family in a hospital room? How can the doctor see and maintain rich interaction with people from his "control room?"

Subtopic:

Cell phones with video screens will be used for video conferencing. Unfortunately none of the qualities that make Telepresence substantially more compelling seem to be available. Are there ways to improve this experience?

Subtopic:

At a Telepresence service counter, a Telepresence kiosk or a Telepresence concierge desk, an expert at one end works from a private, controlled space. The customer at the other end may be in a public place, may be tall or short, may be unfamiliar with the technology, may require paperwork, may need directions, may be in trouble or may be trouble. How will this be set up and how will it be used?

Constraints and other information:


IPR will stay with the University or Research institution. Cisco expects customary scholarly dissemination of results, and hopes that promising results would be made available to the community without limiting licenses, royalties, or other encumbrances.

Proposal submission:


Cisco is not currently accepting proposals for this RFP.

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