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Bangladesh Research and Education Network
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Driving Innovative Applications on BdREN

When the powerful network links through BdREN will be in place, researchers across country and Asia-Pacific will be participating in world-class collaborative research projects in areas such as radio-astronomy, distributed (grid) computing, telemedicine, climatology, crop research etc. Some of the avenues are described below for more clarity of the BdREN.

• Research Collaboration
Bangladesh does not have enough resources to go through a trial and error method in adopting technology for the development in education, economic research, agriculture, weather forecasting, e-commerce, etc. To make a collaborative research with various universities those have on demand technology can meet the growth of our quality research capability. Research collaboration refers to associated working of researchers to achieve a common goal. Research collaboration will offer several benefits such as intellectual championship, joint development of skills, effective transfer of knowledge and the improvement of potential visibility of researches. Recently, collaboration is prevalent in the research industry due to the increasing cost of conducting research, increased specialization demand and the growing significance of interdisciplinary studies.

• Resource Sharing amongst Universities
The dawn of the twenty-first century came with a digital revolution and economic globalization. National Research and Education Networks have effort to develop and use ICT to foster institutional collaboration among and between administrative and academic communities. Lack of Internet access has denied Bangladeshi universities the latest research information, web-based learning, opportunities to be part of international research teams, and the ability to connect scattered campuses with video conferencing. To access university e-Library and e-Journals, sharing computer servers, numerical workstations, testing equipment’s etc. through using this BdREN can overcome this demand.

• High-Quality International Education
To face the challenges of globalization, raising the quality of our higher education to world standard is very important. The education system in Bangladesh is improving day by day to establish international standard education. Education institutes must have high speed internet access and rich educational resources to meet the high-quality education. The set of activities that have successfully stimulated young-student interest in Science & Technology are science Olympiads - national and international contests in IT, mathematics and sciences such as computer programming, mathematical problem- solving, biology, chemistry, physics and agro-technology etc. Besides improving science visibility and teaching at all levels, these activities among and between educational institutes have been useful in many countries for discovering and cultivating young talents.

• E-Learning through Virtual Classroom
E-Learning constitutes an "electronically - based" tutorial, More simply, learning online or through CD/DVD type coursework rather than in a traditional classroom. In a short sense the use of technologies in learning opportunities is defined as e-Learning. Via live video links students can attend lectures held thousands of miles away. Similarly, virtual discussion session around specific topics through a series of talks streamed over BdREN and TEIN3 from various sites in home and abroad.

• Tele-Medicine
The use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications for the health and education of the patient or healthcare provider and for the purpose of improving patient care. Telemedicine includes consultative, diagnostic, and treatment services. Medical Universities connected to BdREN assists trainee surgeons throughout world to adopt complex clinical techniques, such as endoscopic surgery, by supporting interactive tele-surgical training. Enabled by the fast and stable network connection provided by BdREN, Digital Video Transfer System (DVTS) will permit high-quality streaming of a live surgery event in near-real time from an operating theatre to a remote classroom. By facilitating interaction with world famous medical teams, BdREN and TEIN3 give an additional boost to the dissemination of best medical practice across the continents.

• Crop Research and Agro-technology
Rice is the lifeline of Bangladesh and most of Asia. However, climate change and an ever-expanding population threaten food security not only in the region but elsewhere in the world. The main objective of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines is to help farmers improve their yields and thus sustain their livelihoods – a mission that calls for joint efforts across the globe and for high-performance networks, such as TEIN3, to facilitate data-intensive collaborative research. For instance, IRRI scientists join forces with their colleagues in other parts of the world to develop resilient, “climate-proof” crop varieties, a collaboration that requires the exchange of vast genomic datasets as well as the transfer of high-resolution geographic information system (GIS) data for vegetation analysis and yield forecast. BdREN will provide support to our scientists to these endeavors.

• Socio-Economic Sciences
The international grid project demonstrates how an intercontinental network infrastructure can help social scientists to understand global market dynamics. Using grid technologies deployed over BdREN and TEIN3, researchers in Bangladesh can analyze distributed market data and use the results to develop predictive models of consumer behavior and upgrade them.

• Disaster Warning and Weather Forecasting
The 2004 tsunami across the Asia-Pacific and subsequent natural disasters in Bangladesh have highlighted the need to improve hazard evaluation and early-warning systems. BdREN along with TEIN3 will play a key role in the timely transmission of global meteorological data, which will permit faster local weather forecasting. In May 2009, for instance, reduced delays in the transfer of data from the German weather bureau to its counterpart in the Philippines, via the GÉANT and TEIN3 networks, resulted in correctly predicting the path of typhoon Emong, thus allowing timely, accurate and, ultimately, life-saving weather warnings to be given to the public. Thus by using BdREN, Bangladesh may predict some disaster and save life from natural calamity.

• Post-Disaster/Earthquake Relief Efforts
In the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake in Sichuan province in May 2008, researchers at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Italy used the TEIN3 link to transfer high-resolution images of the stricken region to their colleagues in China to aid post-disaster reconstruction. Similarly, Bangladesh can do the same thing using the benefit of BdREN which will be connected to the TEIN3.

 

 

 

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