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Date   May 4, 2012
Contact   Michael Bianchi
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The AutoAuditorium System Also Captures Chalkboards Talks

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is using their new high definition AutoAuditorium™ System, to webcast and record as many as 20 presentations a week.  BIRS is the first to use a new AutoAuditorium capability that captures presentations given entirely on chalkboards.  Of course there are presentations that use a laptop and projector, but many presenters also go to the chalkboards to elaborate on some point.  The BIRS AutoAuditorium System has been customized to smoothly transition from one mode of presentation to the other.

The AutoAuditorium System creates a very watchable three-camera video program, automatically edited in real time, of each presentation given in the room. That video program is sent to the capturing, streaming and publishing system created by BIRS that webcasts it live and records it.

A touch panel at the front of the room is used to start and stop each video. Thus each presenter decides whether or not to make one, and whether or not questions at the end are part of it. The only human controls are the start and stop buttons.

The video begins three seconds after the start button is pressed. A caption with the presenter, date and title taken from the published schedule is inserted during the first 15 seconds of the video. When finished, the presenter likewise presses a stop button on the touch panel. That ends the webcast and the recording is available on the web site ten minutes later. 

The webcasts and recordings, made in Banff, Alberta Canada, are available to the public so people from all over the world watch them. Recently, Micah Warren of Princeton University started his presentation noting, "I was excited to get this time slot. I did not have to cancel my Complex Analysis class that meets right at this time; I assume they are watching."

Foveal Systems LLC of Madison New Jersey develops and markets the AutoAuditorium System. 
"AutoAuditorium" is a trademark of Telcordia Technologies used under license.

See the video of Micah Warren's chalkboard presentation "Calibrated geometry in the optimal transportation problem" at

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