[AG-TECH] Human factors and AG

Jennifer Teig Von Hoffman jtvh at bu.edu
Wed Aug 28 16:08:54 CDT 2002

Hi Julie,

Cool! Here are some ideas, with the big caveat that I'm not a human 
factors expert (I don't even play one on TV).

* How does the presence of a node operator affect interpersonal 
dynamics? Can this be positive? How can it be minimized?

* What human factors implications come into play when bridging the AG 
with VR environments?

* What human factors implications come into play when a given AG session 
is joined by "regular" AG nodes, PIGs, VRVS clients, etc?

* What would happen if we gave all session participants laptops and MOO 

* What advantages does AG-based communication have over face-to-face 
communication, and how can we make better use of these advantages?

And of course, since you folks at WPI are close by, I'm happy to drive 
out to brainstorm sometime if that's helpful (or have her come to visit 
BU, of course).

- Jennifer

Julia Shiela Mullen wrote:
> Hi -
> We have an undergraduate who is interested in
> human factors and the Access Grid.  At WPI
> we require each student to complete a major
> project which relates technology and society.
> (This project is a graduation requirement.)
> The descriptions and content of such projects
> is fairly flexible.  We are currently at the
> beginning of her project experience so I am
> turning to the AG community for suggestions.
> What is the AG community most interested in
> with regards to 'human factors and the AG'?
> Is there a wish list of studies that folks
> would like to see?   Are there project ideas
> that we just didn't have the manpower for?
> I welcome any and all suggestions - I will
> present them to the student and we will
> see what interests her.
> Thanks for your help on this -
>   Julie
> ------------------------------------------
>   Julia S. Mullen, Ph.D
>   Academic Computing Application Scientist
>   Computing and Communications Center
>   Worcester Polytechnic Institute
>   Worcester, MA
>   phone: 508.831.6054
>   fax:   508.831.5680
>   email: jsm at wpi.edu

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