Collaborative Environments


Collaborative Environments
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Task Collaboration

Goals of this project include: (1) Developing support tools to allow continued testing of prototype environments, specifically a capture environment and media review tool for doing; detailed ethnographic study of distributed activity (2) Providing design guidelines and foundations for design guidelines for distributed collaborative environments; and (3) Advance theory of distributed cognition by deepening our understanding of coordination, stabilization and activity.  More

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Virtual Wall

The success in creating an effective wall projected venue depends on combining appropriate digital tools and supports with the physical layout of tables, chairs, wall screens and laptops to maximize the (1) Effective collaborative work area of the participants, (2) Minimize clutter and temporary loss of key items, (3) The usable persistent state created by individuals and sub groups, and (4) Enhance coordination between participants.   More
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Media Reviewer

The Media Reviewer helps researchers review, annotate, and analyze data collected during a user study. The tool arranges data events along a horizontal timeline. An event may note when a subject spoke, gestured, used a program or took action. The Media Reviewer is a powerful tool for annotating and analyzing data to reveal patterns in the way we act and interact.   More
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Video in Sync

Video in Sync is an in-house tool that was created to aid ethnographic analysis. Using Microsoft Media Player controls under the .NET framework, it approximately synchronizes the playback of up to four streams at the same time. Each stream can be shifted on a master time access. This offset changing is necessary, as we did not have any means to start each of the four recordings at the exact same time.   More
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Annotations (Disaster Environment)

Our interest in annotations stems from the communicative and cognitive importance of these tools – as aids in information movement, memory, attention, and organization, to name a few.

We are interested in observing how a group of people come to a consensus in an emergency situation. Specifically, we’d like to know how they use annotations in their interactions, organization, and implementation of emergency plans.

Annotation Project
We are using this to get a better idea of the range and possibilities of annotations and other possible conceptualizations.   More