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The Importance of Shared Visual Environments for Collaborative Tasks

This project is part of the NSF's foundation-wide effort called Knowledge and Distributed Intelligence (KDI). The primary goals of this research are to understand more completely the role of shared visual spaces in both face-to-face and mediated settings, to discover how the usefulness of visual information interacts with tasks and participants, and to identify ways in which video-based systems can truly support remote collaborative work. Researches will include:  

Empirical research to understand how different visual features of a communications mode change the ease of grounding and the way that communicators respond to the presence or absence of these visual features

Building communication Prototypes and conducting empirical research to see what bundles of media attributes will improve performance in a complex, distributed, collaborative task 

Developing and evaluating technology that makes it easier for participants in distributed collaborate tasks to share and coordinate focus of attention

Taken together, these research activities will have a substantial impact on improving human performance in medical, educational, and vehicular repair. A longer introduction of this project can be find here.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. NSF IIS-9980013.
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Last updated: July 11, 2000.