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A transatlantic research and development environment [3D virtual graphics]

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2 Author(s)
Macedonia, M.R. ; Fraunhofer Centre for Res. in Comput. Graphics, Providence, RI, USA ; Noll, S.

Distributed 3D virtual environments can help researchers conduct experiments globally with remotely located participants. We discuss challenges and opportunities for the shared work environment. Our world is entering an age where our current understanding of telecommunications and graphics computing is constantly challenged. With the availability of global information highways, 3D graphical intercontinental collaboration will become a part of our daily work routine. Already, world class auto makers are attempting to reduce car development time to two-year cycles, enlisting global engineering teams. However, this process requires new tools such as shared 3D CAD and distributed product data management systems. The Fraunhofer Center for Research in Computer Graphics (CRCG) in the United States and the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (IGD) in Germany, are looking ahead into this new age by establishing a transcontinental computer graphics research effort and a proposed G-7 testbed. We are studying how 3D computer graphics and virtual environments can aid global collaborative work. We have focused our research efforts on determining how computer networks can transform the distributed workplace into a shared environment, allowing real time interaction among people and processes without regard to their location

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Computer Graphics and Applications, IEEE  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 2 )