The National Tele-immersion Initiative

Jaron Lanier, National Tele-immersion Initiative

Seminar on People, Computers, and Design
Stanford University March 5, 1999


Tele-Immersion will enable users in different locations to collaborate in a shared, simulated environment as if they are in the same physical room It's the ultimate synthesis of networking and media technologies to enhance collaborative environments. In a tele-immersive environment, computers recognize the presence and movements of individuals and objects, track those images, and then permit them to be projected in realistic, multiple, geographically distributed immersive environments where the individuals can interact with each other and computer-generated models.

Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author. He is probably best known for his work in Virtual Reality. He coined the term 'Virtual Reality', and was a principal pioneer in the scientific, engineering, and commercial aspects of the field. Currently, Lanier serves as the Lead Scientist of the National Tele-immersion Initiative, a coalition of research universities studying advanced applications for Internet 2.


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