Penn State, Alcatel-Lucent partner for social-networking project

September 10, 2008

University Park, Pa. — PennState's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and Alacalel-Lucent have announced an agreement to jointly develop an innovative mobile video social networking application. As part of the collaborative research project, Alcatel-Lucent and PennState will form a team funded by Alcatel-Lucent.

The joint work will focus on the development of a mobile phone interface that provides users with the ability to view their video files as a collage or multiple simultaneous video feeds similar to a wall of monitors seen in a TV studio, situation or control room. Video social networking has particular relevance to collaborative and remote education, entertainment, sports, health care and government applications.

"The increasing demands of mobile phone users require the creation of more sophisticated services such as sharing videos with friends and family through social networks. However, the physical constraints of mobile phones (small screen size, bandwidth limitations, etc.) pose challenges such as how to navigate through such social networks and retrieve and display associated video clips," said C. Lee Giles, the David Reese professor of IST. "This project will offer valuable insights into other mobile applications, particularly those involving the concept of 'hyperconnectivity' or the idea that everything can be connected to produce a multifaceted quality user experience.”

PennState will be the newest member of the Alcatel-Lucent University Innovations Program, which supports development of high-bandwidth applications for wireless (4G) and wireline broadband networks.

The PennState research team, led by Giles and colleague Xiaolong (Luke) Zhang, will explore ways to make it easier for people to access video-enabled social networking capabilities on their mobile phones.


Last Updated May 06, 2010