A study of communication modalities in a virtual collaborative task

Jinling Wang, Amine Chellali, Caroline G.L. Cao

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Abstract

This paper examined the relative effectiveness of three communication modalities in a collaborative virtual environment. Communication modalities of verbal only (V), haptic only (H), and both (HV), were used in a 2D pointing task. A total of 36 participants were paired into 18 dyads. In each dyad, there was a supervisor and an acting agent. The supervisor used one of the three modalities to guide the acting agent to reach the target location. The time to task completion and the trajectory were recorded and analyzed. The results indicate that subjects using verbal only and haptic+verbal communication performed equally well in the collaborative pointing task. Subjects using haptic only communication spent more time and had longer path lengths than verbal only and haptic+verbal communication. Nevertheless, all three modalities were effective in communicating in a virtual collaborative task.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2013 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2013
Pages542-546
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2013 - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: Oct 13 2013Oct 16 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2013 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2013

Conference

Conference2013 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period10/13/1310/16/13

Keywords

  • Collaborative virtual environment
  • Communication modality
  • Haptic communication
  • Human computer interaction
  • Pointing task

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction

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