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A study of event traffic during the shared manipulation of objects within a collaborative virtual environment

Otto, O, Wolff, R and Roberts, DJ 2004, 'A study of event traffic during the shared manipulation of objects within a collaborative virtual environment' , Presence: Teleoperators & Virtual Environments, 13 (3) , pp. 251-262.

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Abstract

Event management must balance consistency and responsiveness above the requirements of shared object interaction within a Collaborative Virtual Environment (CVE) system. An understanding of the event traffic during collaborative tasks helps in the design of all aspects of a CVE system. The application, user activity, the display interface, and the network resources, all play a part in determining the characteristics of event management. Linked cubic displays lend themselves well to supporting natural social human communication between remote users. To allow users to communicate naturally and subconsciously, continuous and detailed tracking is necessary. This, however, is hard to balance with the real-time consistency constraints of general shared object interaction. This paper aims to explain these issues through a detailed examination of event traffic produced by a typical CVE, using both immersive and desktop displays, while supporting a variety of collaborative activities. We analyze event traffic during a highly collaborative task requiring various forms of shared object manipulation, including the concurrent manipulation of a shared object. Event sources are categorized and the influence of the form of object sharing as well as the display device interface are detailed. With the presented findings the paper wishes to aid the design of future systems.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science > QA076 Computer software
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 10:59
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 15:51
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/931

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