at the American University of Armenia have developed
a software that should enhance the capabilities
Led by computer and information science master's
student Gohar Sargsyan, the three graduate students
worked on a project called "Video Distance
Learning". Through it, they created a means
whereby a camera in a classroom in one place can
be controlled via Internet link by operators in
another, giving more capabilities to "virtual
"During videoconferences cameras do not
move," says second-year student Gohar. "The
technical task we set is that the camera located
in one country can understand instructions given
from another country."
In other words, students in London or wherever
could manipulate the view of the classroom they
get from a virtual lecture in Yerevan.
The students were assigned the task as part of
their Software Project Management studies, led
by American-Armenian specialist Sarkis Zartarian
before he returned to the United States to his
"When the lecturer was setting different
tasks, this one at once caught my fancy, and I
said I would solve that one," Gohar says.
"But another group of students insisted that
they wanted that project. It came to the point
that the lecturer had to conduct a lottery."
The students proudly say that the professor was
so satisfied with the solution of the problem
that he invited a special meeting in the university
to report about the excellent work of the students.
Availability of such a production in universities
could make solving a number of problems easier.
According to its creators, the software will not
cost much, will provide high sight and voice quality
and will work even in case of bad Internet connection.
The remote-control capabilities will also offer
more interaction among the virtual professor and
distance learning instructor can see different
segments of the audience by moving his camera,
as well as move in and out any image of the segment,"
Gohar says. Arrows on the open window of a computer
monitor offer movement in four directions.
A significant element of the project is that
the software is designed for use by slow Internet
"As far as Internet connection in Armenia
is in general in a very poor condition, we are
trying to adjust this production to even bad conditions,"
Gohar says, adding that the connection in Armenia
is three times worse than what is normally considered
poor by international standards.
"We have created this project for Armenia,
and this is the reason why we have to make it
on the level which will be suitable for the standards
here," she says.
Several countries have expressed interests in
the new product, which can be used not only in
educational institutions, but also in the state
agencies, international and public organizations.
And the student project proved a career boost,
too, as Armenian Development Gateway (Electronic
Armenia Foundation) Association made a job offer
to Gohar Sargsyan, to be dealing with distant
learning pilot projects.