A Virtual Collaborative Workspace for Distributed Teaching, Learning, and Team Work

Michael Z. Jiang, Ruxi Lu, Xianzhi Chen, Xiaoying Cai, Dinghua Zhao, and Xiang Li


Distributed system, collaborative system, distant learning, data conferencing, video conferencing


Advancement in collaborative technologies simplifies the communication, interaction, and collaboration of distributed teams. Network-based applications and audio and video conferencing systems have been increasing adopted to enable geographically dispersed teams to work together. In this paper, we describe a network-based software system to imitate a co-located working environment for distributed work groups. Concurrent interactions are performed and their conflicts are resolved through a virtual collaborative workspace. We present an approach to optimize application-specific collaborations and improve performance and scalability for large distributed collaborative systems. The architecture and design of the system and its experiments are discussed.

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