A Social Telemedia Environment for Experimental Research
Title: STEER: A Social Telemedia Environment for Experimental Research
Presenter: Spyros Denazis, University of Patras
Technological advances transform the environment(s) we are surrounded by, as they revolutionalize interactions between humans and objects. Social media add to this transformation, since they already influence social relationships, thus changing social structure. It is therefore natural for users within this emerging social cyberspace to demand the kind of experiences they are accustomed to in their daily lives with the dynamic interactions between members of a community being at the central stage. To this end, there is a compelling need to address this community-centric digitally-based ecosystem which we refer to as “Social Telemedia”, defined as a cross-breeding of social networks and networked media. Social telemedia will further intensify current societal practices and habits and they will really flourish on a new network middleware framework that will efficiently combine social informatics and content delivery. Social informatics loosely refer to any digitized information that is generated or exchanged in the context of social networking whereas content delivery represents the communication medium through which social informatics are exchanged through a bundle of synchronised and heterogeneous flows. This is the ground that the newly started FIRE project STEER is going to explore. The overall objective of the STEER project is to make significant advances in Social Telemedia research and practices, and engineer an operational Social Telemedia environment customized to support various innovative experiments. These experiments are oriented towards investigating the intrinsic nature of the Future Social Telemedia Lifecycle that revolves around communities, revealing new properties and patterns, creating new insights, and, exploring the synergy between Social Informatics and Networked Media delivery and its impact on user experience. To achieve this objective STEER contributes new experimental facilities such as smart houses and mobile devices, and new technology enablers such as overlay network components, media synchronization, metadata extraction and bandwidth monitoring. STEER will develop a Social-Aware Media Enabled Cloud architecture and integrate with other FIRE facilities such as OpenLab and EXPERIMEDIA including facilities from GENI used during joint experiments.
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