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Communicating eye gaze across a distance without rooting participants to the spot

Wolff, R, Roberts, D, Murgia, A, Murray, N, Rae, J, Steptoe, W, Steed, A and Sharkey, P 2008, Communicating eye gaze across a distance without rooting participants to the spot , in: 12th 2008 IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Distributed Simulation and Real-Time Applications, 27-29 October 2008, Vancouver, Canada.

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Abstract

Eye gaze is an important conversational resource that until now could only be supported across a distance if people were rooted to the spot. We introduce EyeCVE, the world’s first tele-presence system that allows people in different physical locations to not only see what each other are doing but follow each other’s eyes, even when walking about. Projected into each space are avatar representations of remote participants, that reproduce not only body, head and hand movements, but also those of the eyes. Spatial and temporal alignment of remote spaces allows the focus of gaze as well as activity and gesture to be used as a resource for non-verbal communication. The temporal challenge met was to reproduce eye movements quick enough and often enough to interpret their focus during a multiway interaction, along with communicating other verbal and non-verbal language. The spatial challenge met was to maintain communicational eye gaze while allowing free movement of participants within a virtually shared common frame of reference. This paper reports on the technical and especially temporal characteristics of the system.

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: 12th 2008 IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Distributed Simulation and Real-Time Applications
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: NS Murray
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2011 09:25
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:15
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/18616

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