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Mobile group dynamics in large-scale collaborative virtual environments

Dodds, T.J. and Ruddle, R.A. (2008) Mobile group dynamics in large-scale collaborative virtual environments. In: Proceedings of IEEE Virtual Reality. IEEE Virtual Reality 2008, 8 - 12 March 2008, Reno, Nevada, USA. IEEE , pp. 59-66. ISBN 978-1-4244-1971-5

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We have developed techniques called Mobile Group Dynamics (MGDs), which help groups of people to work together while they travel around large-scale virtual environments. MGDs explicitly showed the groups that people had formed themselves into, and helped people move around together and communicate over extended distances. The techniques were evaluated in the context of an urban planning application, by providing one batch of participants with MGDs and another with an interface based on conventional collaborative virtual environments (CVEs). Participants with MGDs spent nearly twice as much time in close proximity (within 10m of their nearest neighbor), communicated seven times more than participants with a conventional interface, and exhibitedreal-world patterns of behavior such as staying together over an extended period of time and regrouping after periods of separation. The study has implications for CVE designers, because it shows how MGDs improves groupwork in CVEs.

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Keywords: Collaborative interaction, experimental methods, distributed VR, usability
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Computing (Leeds)
Depositing User: Mrs Yasmin Aziz
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2008 16:45
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2014 12:41
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/VR.2008.4480751
Status: Published
Publisher: IEEE
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1109/VR.2008.4480751
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4948

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