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Contextual interaction support in 3D worlds

Murray, N 2011, Contextual interaction support in 3D worlds , in: 15th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Distributed Simulation and Real Time Applications, 4-7 September 2011, Salford Quays.

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With the increasing use of 3D displays and input devices we need to be sure that when 3D worlds are created that their users can easily learn how to operate within these 3D worlds. To do this we can provide the user with contextual interaction support within the environment. Within virtual worlds where you are free to move around and especially when you are immersed, trying to refer to a manual to ascertain your next course of action within the world would not be best received by the user. Instead of manuals separate from the computer system, the computer system should be able to interrogate itself to provide the user with information on what the system can do. For computer systems to be able to do this we need to move away from defining interaction using an event-based model to formally define the interaction dialogue. We have shown how by using Augmented Transition Networks (ATNs) you can allow the user to ask what they can do within the current context. The user can also query the system to see how they can perform a specific task. The help provided can also identify to the user the components within the environment that they need to interact with. Further work has begun to examine how the user could adapt the interaction within the system by visualising the ATNs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Virtual Environments & Future Media Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: 15th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Distributed Simulation and Real Time Applications
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: NS Murray
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2011 09:02
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:15

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