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Constructing a gazebo: supporting teamwork in a tightly coupled, distributed task in virtual reality

Roberts, DJ, Wolff, R, Otto, O and Steed, AP 2003, 'Constructing a gazebo: supporting teamwork in a tightly coupled, distributed task in virtual reality' , Presence: Teleoperators & Virtual Environments, 12 (6) , pp. 644-657.

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    Abstract

    Many tasks require teamwork. Team members may work concurrently, but there must be some occasions of coming together. Collaborative virtual environments (CVEs) allow distributed teams to come together across distance to share a task. Studies of CVE systems have tended to focus on the sense of presence or copresence with other people. They have avoided studying close interaction between us-ers, such as the shared manipulation of objects, because CVEs suffer from inherent network delays and often have cumbersome user interfaces. Little is known about the ef-fectiveness of collaboration in tasks requiring various forms of object sharing and, in particular, the concurrent manipu-lation of objects. This paper investigates the effectiveness of supporting teamwork among a geographically distributed group in a task that requires the shared manipulation of objects. To complete the task, users must share objects through con-current manipulation of both the same and distinct at-tributes. The effectiveness of teamwork is measured in terms of time taken to achieve each step, as well as the impression of users. The effect of interface is examined by comparing various combinations of walk-in cubic immersive projection technology (IPT) displays and desktop devices.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
    Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science > QA076 Computer software
    Built and Human Environment
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Virtual Environments & Future Media Research Centre
    Journal or Publication Title: Presence: Teleoperators & Virtual Environments
    Publisher: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Press
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 10547460
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    Depositing User: H Kenna
    Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2009 09:55
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:51
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/928

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