Virtual Space Interaction Testbed (VISIT)
The Virtual Space Interaction Testbed (VISIT) was a UMSI initiative that applied advanced cyberinfrastructure capabilities to the challenges of effective collaboration between geographically distributed sites. With facilities on the UM Central and North Campuses, the School of Information was a natural testbed for conducting this kind of experimentation into how distributed organizations can be better supported using a combination of advanced networking and computing.
This initiative examined how to increase workplace productivity through ultra-resolution multi-function, high-density display walls that could help to enhance the collaborative process. This project sought to reduce dependence on physical facilities to collocate people by designing, developing, deploying, using, and evaluating highly realistic virtual spaces for collaboration. By combining high-definition video with large-scale, multi-megapixel displays and stereo audio people who are distant from each other can be connected in as realistic a setting as possible.
Start date: 7/1/2007
End date: 6/30/2009
This grant was dispersed through the University of Michigan’s Office of the Provost, which has responsibility for the University's academic and budgetary affairs. The Provost collaborates with the President in setting overall academic priorities for the University and allocates funds to carry these priorities forward.