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Student Profile: John Faichney

While Griffith University researcher John Faichney's picture of the world might be at a premium size-wise, he's having no trouble at all maintaining its clarity.

Just as well, when you consider that his Information Technology PhD project stands to reinvent the way people around the globe communicate. John and fellow academic Ruben Gonzalez have spent the past year fine-tuning the integration of face-to- face video conferencing into computers that sit comfortably in the palm of the user's hand, an innovation which already has two of the world's largest mobile telephone companies making the call to Griffith. 

The Future of Technology 

"This research aims to provide the first steps towards Dick Tracy-style, anywhere, anytime video conferencing on hand-held computers by using a combination of computer, mobile telephone and video technology," John says. With Nokia and NBC already indicating an interest in the project, the federally- funded Distributed Systems Technology Centre (DSTC) recently put up the dollars for a portion of the pair's research.

Improving Life 

"I think it's important that technology improves our quality of life, and video conferencing, like the telephone,  brings people closer together, even though they may be physically apart." While his frame of reference is a bit smaller than some, John says his Bachelor of Information Technology degree and postgraduate studies at Griffith University have helped him focus on a number of career paths, one of which is eventually to own his own software company. . 

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