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Other Streaming Video Sites

MSRI's streaming video project is funded by the National Science Foundation. One of its main goals is to discover efficient uses of Internet technology for mathematical communication. For several years now, we have developed methods to use streaming video and we have presented a large number of lectures, most from MSRI, in a form available on demand on the Internet. William Hearst has also given us significant support to upgrade and develop better methods of distributing our videos.

In addition, we have also provided expertise and consultation for other mathematical and scientific sites. Here is a partial list.

San Francisco State University

The Mathematics Department at SFSU has received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a collaboration with MSRI. Beginning Spring 1999, each semester SFSU will offer an advanced undergraduate topics course based on one of the emphasis programs at MSRI that semester. The SFSU-MSRI collaboration course will feature monthly talks by leading mathematicians who are visiting MSRI to participate in its program. The lectures in the SFSU-MSRI collaboration course will be made available to the world through MSRI's streaming video technology. Because research mathematicians rarely pitch their work to undergraduates, as they will in the SFSU-MSRI collaboration course, the entire set of lectures will also be made available on CD-ROM for dissemination to other universities.

Sheldon Axler
Mathematics Department
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA 94132 USA axler_@_sfsu.edu

Duke University

"Zermelo Navigation This is a worked example of the sort of optimization problem that is typical of the calculus of variations. This document contains the text of the lecture presentation on this example, and you may follow along the transcript below, if you like."

MSRI has been in consultation with the Duke mathematics department about a web-based video archive. According to Yunliang Yu of Duke: "Our setup is basically modeled after what you have done over MSRI, with few additions to meet our local needs. One of the design goal is to be compatible with your setup, so we can build up a collective archive of teaching/research materials together."

Duke's setup, tailored for small conferences and video courses, is described by Yu as follows: "We added a LCD projector to the project so we can display data/video (from remote sites) to local audience and to prompt 2-way live interaction between local and remote sites during live multicasting. A Doc Camera was added to replace the good old overhead projector. Two IBID whiteboards were added to accommodate people who'd like to teach with "blackboard and chalk."

Additional lectures can be seen on Duke's streaming video site:

CHANCE Lectures at Dartmouth College

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance/ChanceLecture/contents.msri.html

We provided extensive consultation to Dartmouth on this project.

"Here you will find an experimental form of a series of Chance Lectures given at Dartmouth in December 1997. Viewing them requires the free RealPlayer 5.0, These videos are being served from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) at Berkeley." http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance/chance_video.html

Some highlights of a Chance course taught by Laurie Snell and Peter Doyle at Dartmouth 1995.

Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics

Transparencies and, in some instances, audio are now available for the following ITP activities:
  • Strings `98
  • Conferences and Miniprograms
  • Programs
  • Public Lectures
  • ITP Blackboard Lunches: Transparencies and Audio, 1997
  • Colloquia and Special Seminars: Transparencies, January - June 1998
  • Lecture Notes and Review Articles
ITP has a different approach, tailored to structured seminars and minicourses where complete notes and text are available. In credits for one of these courses they write: "We are grateful to the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (www.msri.org) for help in getting started with online seminars. See their website for a large number of online lectures, including many in video format." Check out their approach, which may be suit your needs.

Course/Workshop: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) hosted a three-day course on dislocations in materials, which will be coupled with a two-day NIST-funded workshop (organized by Robb Thomson of NIST). The students will be from national laboratories (working scientists) and universities (graduate students). The course was held in the LLNL area and is supported by the LLNL Materials Institute and ASCI.It was streamed live over the Internet.

MSRI consulted with the organizer of this conference, Wayne King wrote: -"More than 40 persons have expressed interest in participating in the course via internet. In addition, Johns Hopkins University has a classroom with a computer on line that is connected to ~20 student monitors where they wish to view the lectures. It is therefore essential that we have the lecturer's viewgraphs in hand early enough to facilitate duplication and distribution to the internet sites. We have tested our video production capability and found that it did not meet our expectation... We are getting help and advice from David Hoffman of the MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH INSTITUTE at UC Berkeley who provides a large number of lectures in mathematics via the internet."

-"We would like to thank you for providing technical information regarding your experience using a RealVideo server for broadcast of content on the internet." Wayne King Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory weking@llnl.gov, http://multiscale.llnl.gov http://www.llnl.gov/

If your department or Institute is contemplating this sort of use of streaming-video technology, King's group and their experiences may be relevant to you.