ANGKOR: Next Generation Internet for Medical Science Remote Classroom

The goal of this project is to conduct real-life experiments on remote teaching using next generation Internet technology (IPv6, multimedia and mobile or wireless Internet). The subject domain chosen is medical science which comprises rich media course content where interactive sessions are mandatory. Remote teaching from UPMC School of Medicine for the University of Health Sciences of Cambodia (UHSC) will be used for these experiments. The network to be used for the project presents a real technical challenge, where a combination of very high speed connectivity from France to Japan with relatively low speed satellite Internet from Japan to Cambodia, will be used to deliver rich content simultaneously from UPMC using uncompressed VDO format DVTS to sites with gigabit links while performing real-time compression for low speed link to UHSC.

Key areas of collaborations are:

  • remote classroom operation and management
  • real-time compression of streaming media
  • performance measurement and analysis of multicast protocol over heterogeneous network
  • medical science E-learning.

The outcome of this research project will be a prototypical e-learning system for remote teaching in a heterogeneous network environment.

Each partner will take different roles in the project where entire project is an integration of these different research components. The framework of this project has been developed by the Internet Development Working Group formed at the 2004 STIC-ASIE workshop, the French Asia Next Generation Internet, held at INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis, in September 2004.

Joint Expected Outcomes

- A remote-classroom prototype on Vclass incorporating network operation, configuration of remote classrooms and monitoring of classrooms

Project coordinator AIT Team

Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut (Contact Person) is the Director of the Internet Education and Research Laboratory at AIT to which the Distributed Education Center (DEC) belongs. She is a member of the board of directors of the SOI-Asia and the AI3 project. Her main research interest is in next generation Internet with heterogeneous network environment.

Dr. Yasuo Tsuchymoto is an Assistant Professor at the Internet Education and Research Laboratory at AIT. His main interest is in network monitoring and operation. He is an active technical member of the SOI/ASIA project.

Project Partners

WIDE Project Team

Prof. Keiko Okawa (Contact Person), Director of the School on the Internet Project, WIDE Project, Japan. She is an Associate Professor at the Graduate school of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan. Her main interest is on the use of the Internet technology for teaching and learning.

Dr. Kenjiro Cho, WIDE project, Japan. Dr. Cho is a researcher at the Sony Computer Science Laboratory and IIJ. He is in charge of network monitoring and performance measurement. His current main research focus is on the flexible communication mechanisms which produce smooth, predictable, and consistent behavior.


Prof. Alain Carayon (Contact Person), was teaching biochemistry in the School of Medicine Pitié-Salpêtrière and is currently working for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as adviser to the dean and Coordinator of University Co-operation at the University of Health Sciences of Cambodia.

Medical Multimedia Team

Prof. Jean-François Bertholon (Contact Person) is teaching Human Physiology in the Saint-Antoine School of Medicine. His interest in the use of the ICT in the medical training drove him to take part in the development of the French Virtual Medical University (UMVF) and to create and run the Medical branch of the Multi-media Production Center of the UPMC and the Department of Medical Pedagogy and ICT of Saint-Antoine School of Medicine with Pr Jean-François Vibert.

Prof. Jean-François Vibert is teaching Neurophysiology in the Saint-Antoine School of Medicine. He is in charge of the "Réseau Sentinelles", an internet network devoted to the real time monitoring of infectious diseases with the french general practitioners and provides 3 weeks forecasts for flu and diarrhoea epidemia.. This network is used by the Institut de Veille Sanitaire as an alert system in case of epidemy. Maps of disease spreading are produced on line from the data provided by the GPs. The research unit, INSEM U707, is a WHO Collaboration Center for electronic surveillance of infectious diseases. Jean-François Vibert is the UPMC delegate to the French Virtual Medical University (UMVF), he created and now runs the Medical branch of the Multi-media Production Center of the UPMC and the Department of Medical Pedagogy and ICT of Saint-Antoine School of Medicine.

Prof. Dominique Hasboun is teaching Neuroanatomy in the Pitié-Salpêtrière School of Medicine where he is running the Multi-media Laboratory for Pedagogy. He also works in the Cognitive Neuroscience & Brain Imaging Laboratory of CNRS. He initiated and is in charge of the DIST-ENS project.

Networking Team

Prof. Dany Vandromme (Contact Person) runs the Numerical Laboratory of Fluids Mechanics at INSA in Rouen. He heads the GIP RENATER since 1998 and, for this reason, works on the evolution of the Internet in France in its technological aspects and its adaptation to the requirements the research and education community. Dany Vandromme represents RENATER in the consortium of European networks for education and research.

Dr. Chadi Bakarat, a research scientist of the Planete group, INRIA, Sophia Antipolis, France. His current research interests are in congestion and error control in computer networks and Internet measurement and traffic analysis and Internet topology inference.

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