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Provoke Project Gets Green Light from Calit2
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The UCSD Division of Calit2 has awarded support for the Provocateur Project and its principal investigator, CREL Director Shlomo Dubnov, among the inaugural recipients of Calit2 Strategic Research Opportunities (CSRO) grants. The project will develop a system and environment for participatory events that will support audience back-channeling, crowdsourcing and analytics with moderator functions for novel models of brainstorming, learning and entertainment. The popularity of web conferencing and content sharing has been driven by a desire to increase productivity and operate cost-effectively on digital media and electronic text from remote locations. The system to be developed under the CSRO grant will also be useful in new entertainment forms, such as telematic performance, multiuser computer games and participatory film and music performance events. "The Provocateur project points to the importance of creating a system that enables and supports an intensive social interaction that is distributed among the attendees in the room as well as among participants across the Web," said Ramesh Rao, Calit2's division director at UC San Diego. The prototype system will be deployed for use during seminars, conferences and performances at various locations in Calit2's Atkinson Hall headquarters as well as other venues on and off campus.