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Verbal communication during cooperative object manipulation

Ruddle, R.A., Savage, J.C.D. and Jones, D.M. (2002) Verbal communication during cooperative object manipulation. In: Collaborative Virtual Environments. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Collaborative Virtual Environments. CVE'02, September 30 - October 02, 2002, Bonn, Germany. ACM , New York , pp. 120-127. ISBN 1-58113-489-4


Cooperation between multiple users in a virtual environment (VE) can take place at one of three levels, but it is only at the highest level that users can simultaneously interact with the same object. This paper describes a study in a straightforward realworld task (maneuvering a large object through a restricted space)was used to investigate object manipulation by pairs of participants in a VE, and focuses on the verbal communication that took place. This communication was analyzed using both categorizing and conversation analysis techniques. Of particular note was the sheer volume of communication that took place. One third of this was instructions from one participant to another of the locomotion and manipulation movements that they should make. Another quarter was general communication that was not directly related to performance of the experimental task, and often involved explicit statements of participants’ actions or requests for clarification about what was happening. Further research is required to determine the extent to which haptic and auditory feedback reduce the need for inter-participant communication in collaborative tasks.

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
Keywords: Virtual Environments, Object Manipulation, Verbal Communication, Piano Movers' Problem, Rules of Interaction.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Computing (Leeds)
Depositing User: Mrs Irene Rudling
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2009 17:50
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 16:24
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/571878.571897
Status: Published
Publisher: ACM
Identification Number: 10.1145/571878.571897
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5420

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