Project : alcove
Section: Scientific Foundations
Support Framework for Co-operative Activities
The Alcove project aims at defining a multi-users virtual environment. Since 1993, one first platform called Spin|3D 5.1 has been developped, which enables several users to work together around simple behavorial 3D objects defined in a descriptive 3D language such as VRML, X3D or MPEG-4. However, in order to support more complex co-operative activities, two domains have to be investigated :
Computer-Human Interface genericity : with the use or adaptation of the MVC (Model-View-Controler) paradigm, we will be able to tailor each user's environment according to her/his needs, habits and technical equipments. This work, started during a Master's Thesis , is done by Nicolas Martin, PhD student since 2003.
Component based software framework : the mix of physics based simulated 3D objects with behavioral 3D objects in a same environment leads to the need to define a generic 3D component model. A framework for 3D software components, built for instance upon a CORBA bus (like CCM), will constitute the core support for the Alcove project. This work, started during a Master's Thesis , is done by Sylvain Gaeremynck, PhD student since 2003.