KU wins grant to build high-tech room

Lawrence,KS (04-03-2000)

From Kansas City Business Journal
By Rossitsa Nicolova

The University of Kansas recently won a $1.29 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop futuristic, high-tech rooms.

The money will help complete KU's Ambient Computational Environments project, which will create "smart rooms" with the latest computer, audio and video technology.

A smart room will be a conference room equipped with a high-definition TV display, remote cameras, microphones and laptops, said Judith Galas, public relations and marketing manager for KU's Information and Telecommunications Technology Center. The center is leading the project. Faculty members, students and visitors may use the smart rooms for presentations or speeches. Rooms will range from a private office to a room seating 100 people.

The first smart room is expected to be operational in a year, Galas said. Center employees are buying the equipment to be installed in the smart rooms. The center plans to develop six smart rooms at three campus locations. Each will cost about $400,000, Galas said.

"It is our hope that this area of smart-room technology will become a strong area of emphasis for the center and the university," she said.

The center is the second-largest research site on KU's Lawrence campus. Its 1999 expenditures were about $6.5 million.

High-tech businesses from Kansas City have expressed interest in participating in, Galas said. She did not reveal names.

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