Fall 2003 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Relationships and Partnerships: Taking Advantage of International Connectivity--Global Collaborations

Time 10/16/03 08:45AM-10:00AM

Session Abstract

This session will highlight exemplary collaborations between Internet2 members and international partners that are taking advantage of international connectivity to support research and education. In the format of three case studies, the primary goals of this session will aim at:
- highlighting the value of international connectivity and international partnerships to the Internet2 community
- highlighting what members of the Internet2 community are doing with International partners and providing a forum to share projects and lessons learned

Case Study 1: Bridging Cultural and Technical Boundaries Through High-Performance E-Learning.
(Desnos, MacDougal, Palmer, Salillas)

Internet2 and advanced networks worldwide show much promise for delivering high-performance interactive multipoint videoconferencing as a systematic means for increasing global education and learning. While several efforts to date have been successful, only a handful of initiatives have seen sustained results in bridging U.S. and European instruction in a multi-national context. Technology is not the issue. More likely, it is the not uncomplicated process of building the communities of faculty and technologists that will sustain these types of learning experiences and pass on their experiences and the value to future generations of teachers and researchers. In this session, the presenters will discuss the EUMAX project which aims to prepare and implement an international foreign language and business engineering curriculum, which students will complete through distributed curriculum delivery and actual study immersions abroad complemented by virtual and physical internships with corporate project partners. High-speed research and education networks worldwide will be used to deliver this unique pan-international E-Learning project and will enable distributed instruction and collaboration from the consortium partner institutions. Systematization and democratization of the lessons learned in the EUMAX project will encourage future adoption by both higher education and K-12 (U.S.) and Primary/Secondary education (EU) across disciplines.


Case Study 2: DIVE: International-Distributed Interactive Virtual Environments.

(Alverson, Burrage, Caudell, Haines, Itoga, Saiki, Yellowlees)

The accelerating revolution in information technologies (IT) generates a critical need to engage students in computer science, technology, engineering and mathematics to provide the future expertise required to support evolving technology, ongoing research and discovery. The Universities of New Mexico, Hawaii in the U.S., Western Australia, Queensland in Australia, and University of Canterbury in New Zealand, have been actively involved in education, research and development in IT, visualization and distributed collaborative interactive virtual environments, including integration of haptics. Many of these projects involve students at various levels of training along with junior and senior faculty from many disciplines. These “learning families” have provided a stimulating and synergistic platform for engaging and energizing students in a variety of domains that support the research, development and evaluation of these models. We are now proposing to create a highly interactive virtual international, inter-institutional and interdisciplinary classroom and laboratory for learning and research in information technology using Internet2 for collaboration and sharing of expertise. A problem-based learning approach would be used to make the learning of important basic and complex principles relevant to learners from the interdisciplinary information technology science domains involved, allowing discovery and knowledge transfer to real-life problem solving.

Case Study 3: A Grid-Enabled Border: Internet2 Solutions to Global Challenges.
(Casasus, Gray)

Internet2 members are taking the lead in developing and transboundary information management system (TRIMS) for the United States-Mexico border region. The Internet2 Geospatial Working group is spearheading this effort to develop bi-national applications that can take advantage of Internet2-capabilities to address health, environment, resource management, homeland protection and many other challenges of this unique bi-national region. The TRIMS initiative involves a significant number of U.S. (Internet2 members) and Mexican universities (via the Mexican National Research and Education networking organization, CUDI) working in partnership to develop standards for sharing information and further research and education in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies. TRIMS is setting the foundation for expanded collaboration that could also include international GIS applications between the United States and Canada. Currently, there is ongoing planning to have a series of Video Conference Workshops to start defining problems and solutions with the aim of developing a formal system for geospatial information exchange throughout North America.
For more information, see http://international.internet2.edu/resources/events/2003/FallMMcasestudies.html

Speakers

Speaker Ana Hunsinger Internet2

Speaker Dale Alverson, MD University of New Mexico

Speaker Kevin Burrage University of Queensland, Brisbane

Speaker Carlos Casasus CUDI-Mexico

Speaker Tom Caudell University of New Mexico

Speaker Jean-Francois Desnos, Ph.D Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France

Speaker Bob Gray University of Texas, El Paso

Speaker Karen Haines University of Western Australia, Perth

Speaker Stephen Itoga University of Hawaii

Speaker Jennifer Oxenford MAGPI/University of Pennsylvania

Speaker Greg Palmer MAGPI GigaPoP, University of Pennsylvania

Speaker Jesus Salillas Prous Science

Speaker Peter Yellowlees University of Queensland, Australia

Speaker Stan Saiki, Jr. University of Hawaii

Presentation Media

media item thumbnail DIVE (ppt)

Speaker Dale Alverson, MD University of New Mexico

Speaker Owen DeLong Hurricane Electric

media item thumbnail Introduction (ppt)

Speaker Owen DeLong Hurricane Electric

Speaker Ana Hunsinger Internet2

media item thumbnail EUMAX (ppt)

Speaker Owen DeLong Hurricane Electric

Speaker Jennifer Oxenford MAGPI/University of Pennsylvania

Speaker Greg Palmer MAGPI GigaPoP, University of Pennsylvania

Speaker Jesus Salillas Prous Science

media item thumbnail DI5VE (ppt)

Speaker Kevin Burrage University of Queensland, Brisbane

Speaker Tom Caudell University of New Mexico

Speaker Owen DeLong Hurricane Electric

Speaker Karen Haines University of Western Australia, Perth

Speaker Stephen Itoga University of Hawaii

Speaker Stan Saiki, Jr. University of Hawaii

Speaker Peter Yellowlees University of Queensland, Australia

media item thumbnail A Grid Enabled Border (ppt)

Speaker Carlos Casasus CUDI-Mexico

Speaker Owen DeLong Hurricane Electric

Secondary tracks Relationships and Partnerships