Link to BMRC
Berkeley Multimedia Research Center
The Berkeley Multimedia Research Center (BMRC)
at the University of
California at Berkeley is an interdisciplinary group that studies
applications of multimedia technology. BMRC brings together artists,
educators, and scientists to develop and experiment with new
technologies and applications and to study the social and policy
issues they raise.
The center was founded in 1995 to foster
more work on multimedia systems
and applications to improve education and scholarship.
BMRC is focusing on four specific topics:
Teaching and Learning
Interactive hypermedia courseware, distance learning, and new classroom
and working environments will be developed and studied.
Studies will be conducted on the effectiveness of large screen displays and
high quality audio, wireless personal computing devices, groupware for
collaborative learning and problem solving, and instructional delivery
to home or classroom using high quality digital audio/video projection.
An authoring environment will be developed that integrates existing tools
with new tools and novel paradigms for representing content and
assessing student learning. A key element will be the smooth
integration of content material with interactive simulations and contact
with live experts. Besides improvements in authoring productivity,
this environment will emphasize reuse of material and retargeting
for different platforms. This environment will be used develop
interactive courseware that will be delivered using the technologies and
concepts developed in our work on teaching and learning.
BMRC scientists will be working to digitize substantial collections of
material and develop the systems infrastructure and user interfaces needed
to search for selected material and deliver it to the user.
Our goal is to build a petabyte digital library with documents,
images, videos, sounds, music, and scientific data sets that can be
accessed using sophisticated search algorithms and content-specific indexes.
Social and Policy Issues
Multimedia applications raise many social and policy issues including
telecommunications policy effect on national competitiveness, problems
surrounding intellectual property, and the consequences of changing
patterns of work and social interaction.
A key element of this work is to use the Berkeley campus as a testbed
for development and experimentation. We are implementing a high-speed
integrated services network that emphasizes the use of video and
on-line services to improve our productivity and effectiveness.
This network will be connected to other people and organizations,
specifically our industrial partners, using high-speed regional,
national, and international networks.
For further information, you can look at the BMRC
and/or contact the center director
Professor Lawrence A. Rowe
Berkeley Multimedia Research Center presents
video clips from the wireless communication networks course.