Promotion of Multiparty Conference in Collaborative Virtual Environments

Kentaro FUKUI  Kensaku HONDA  Kenichi OKADA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E87-D   No.12   pp.2540-2547
Publication Date: 2004/12/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Section on New Technologies and their Applications of the Internet)
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Keyword: 
CSCW,  groupware,  awareness,  virtual reality,  remote conference,  

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Summary: 
Currently, multi-party video conference does not provide equivalent quality in comparison to face-to-face conference. One assumed reason is that participants cannot be aware of "who is focusing on whom". We introduce virtual space to a multi-party conference system, allocating avatars in a space. We also introduce intuitive input interface using motion processor in order to construct a multi-party conference system, which the user can use without being aware of it. A new displaying method is essential for this system, and we introduce a way by which a user can obtain the feedback of which user he/she is focusing on. We introduce e-MulCS as the system that fulfils these proposals. By comparing this system with the video conference system, the results show that our system supports the intuitive multi-party communication better.