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The Smart Classroom: Merging Technologies for Seamless Tele-Education
April-June 2003 (vol. 2 no. 2)
pp. 47-55
Yuanchun Shi, Tsinghua University
Weikai Xie, Tsinghua University
Guangyou Xu, Tsinghua University
Runting Shi, Tsinghua University
Enyi Chen, Tsinghua University
Yanhua Mao, Tsinghua University
Fang Liu, Tsinghua University

The Smart Classroom lets teachers simultaneously instruct remote and local students. It provides a pen-based user interface on a projected display and a computer-vision-based module for selecting remote students using a laser pointer. A speech-capable computer-animated virtual assistant lets the teacher control the presentation of lecture materials and informs the teacher of classroom events. In addition, a context-aware Smart Cameraman module automatically switches between several cameras so the live video for remote students always follows the class focus. The system?s underlying software infrastructure, the Smart Platform, has a multi-agent based architecture with a loosely coupled publish-subscribe coordination model and a well-defined wire protocol. The Smart Platform's development interface is fairly simple, so developers can easily understand and use the system.

Index Terms:
Smart Classroom, Tele-education, Multi-modality User Interface, Smart Platform
Yuanchun Shi, Weikai Xie, Guangyou Xu, Runting Shi, Enyi Chen, Yanhua Mao, Fang Liu, "The Smart Classroom: Merging Technologies for Seamless Tele-Education," IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 47-55, April-June 2003, doi:10.1109/MPRV.2003.1203753
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