[AG-TECH] Human factors and AG
brian.corrie at newmic.com
Wed Aug 28 20:01:04 CDT 2002
I'm not a human factors expert either, but one of the things that I would be
interested in seeing some research on is the difference between an AG
approach to communication VS a talking heads approach to communication. Much
of the CSCW literature says that typical video conferencing (the talking
head) does not add a lot to the effectiveness of tasks being performed. One
of the intriguing things about the AG approach is that it trys to give a feel
for the "space" at the other end via multiple cameras and large projection
spaces. As far as I know (correct me if I am wrong those of you that have
been AGing for a long time) this has not been formally studied with human
factors or human computer interaction research.
This would be a really interesting project!!!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jennifer Teig Von Hoffman [mailto:jtvh at bu.edu]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2002 2:09 PM
> To: Julia Shiela Mullen
> Cc: ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov
> Subject: Re: [AG-TECH] Human factors and AG
> 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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