The BeingThere International Research Centre for Tele-Presence and Tele-Collaboration is a collaboration between Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, ETH Zurich (Switzerland), and UNC Chapel Hill. This $ 16 million centre is funded by the three universities and the Media Development Authority of Singapore. The collaboration will boast a team of 32 top scientists across three continents embarking on joint R&D projects to develop four prototypes of the telepresence system of the 21st century. The initial projects are:
- 3D Telepresence Room (as illustrated above),
- Mobile 3D Display of a Remote Person,
- Mobile Robotic Mannequin,
- Autonomous Virtual Human Technology.
- Advanced Acquisition and Display Technologies
These new technologies are set to revolutionize the way humans communicate in the 21st century, in the same way that the telephone revolutionized long-distance communication when it was introduced in the 19th century. Directors of the centre are Professors Nadia Thalmann (NTU Singapore), Markus Gross (ETH Zurich), and Henry Fuchs (UNC Chapel Hill).
For more information about the Being There Centre, see the Centre announcement and the Being There Centre UNC site.
Near-Eye Displays (aka Optical See-Through HMDs)
3D Reconstruction of Dynamic Scenes and People
Low Latency Rendering
Cisco Tele-Presence Wall
Immersive Surgery Visualization
More information on previous research, can be found here.