Updated Mar 30, 2019

Smart Classrooms

Ramkumar Narayanan

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Enhancing Classroom Interactions characterized by dynamic gaze alignment.

We have architected a media rich classroom with a grid of cameras and display units. As the global classroom world moves from one interaction to another, the camera perspective provided to the remote participants are chosen such that a global gaze alignment is achieved. This gaze alignment caters to not only eye-contact in the classical sense, it also adheres to gaze following where the speake...
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We have architected a media rich classroom with a grid of cameras and display units. As the global classroom world moves from one interaction to another, the camera perspective provided to the remote participants are chosen such that a global gaze alignment is achieved. This gaze alignment caters to not only eye-contact in the classical sense, it also adheres to gaze following where the speaker can redirect the users attention onto any other entity in the classroom environment.
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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

We developed a framework analyzing gaze and its behavioral patterns in a classroom and modeled a gesture triggered interactive gaze alignment system that provides the viewers with an appropriate perspective of the distant participants to the viewers.

Focus Areas:

Education, Architecture, Design, Construction and Enabling Environment

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Implemented In:

India

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Problem

Solves the problem of gaze alignment during interactions in a classroom

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Solution

We have architected a media rich environment with a system of cameras and display units that dynamically maps capture perspective of distant participants to render a gaze aligned perspective to the viewers. This classroom also has a gesture interface that provides a natural real like interaction interface where a tracking system monitors for gestures such as handraise, finger point etc.

Target Beneficiaries

All eLearning users, video conferencing etc.

Mission and Vision

Creating natural interactable interfaces for next generation classrooms.

Competitive Advantage

Classical gaze alignment solutions focus on simply eye-contact. Literature reveals finer levels of gaze alignment such as gaze following and gaze awareness enhancing the feeling of inclusiveness in a part of the global classroom. Our system provides methods to render gaze alignment over these finer nuances. This reduces the cognitive load on the users end in discerning the "entity-at-focus" at any particular point in time during the lecture.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Personalized Gaze correction systems using Augmented Reality
Funding Goal10,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted100,000
New Implemented CountriesUnited States
Recruit2 augmented reality engineers
New FeaturePersonalized telepresence system using Augmented Reality and 3D contour extraction.

The Team Behind the Innovation

This project is headed by a world renowned leader "Mata Amritanandamayi Devi" who has done numerous charitable activities and is the recipient of the "Gandhi King" award. Under her leadership and guidance, this project prototype was successfully implemented. The project PI is Dr Venkat Rangan and the Co PI is Prof. Balaji Hariharan. The team also consists of two PhD students viz., Mr. Ramkumar N and Uma Gopalakrishnan.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
India

Supporting Materials

Narayanan2019-Article-MultipartyGazePreservationThro.pdf