Access and Exploration of Virtual Reality Interest Communities

M. Torres (Editor), Antinus Nijholt, B. Sanchez (Editor), E. Wills (Editor)

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    In this paper we present our research on developing a web-based environment, a virtual theatre, in which users can display different behaviors and have goals that emerge during the inter¬action with this environment. One way to support such users is to give them different inter¬action modalities and access to multimedia information. The interactions between user (visitor) and the system take place using different task-oriented agents. These agents allow mouse and keyboard input, but interactions can also take place using speech and language input. In the current system both sequential and simultaneous multi-modal input is possible. The system presents its information through agents that use tables, chat windows, natural language, speech and a talking face. It is discussed how our virtual environment can be considered as an interest community and it is shown what further advantages can be obtained if we continue to explore this metaphor.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWorld Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, SCI '99, and ISAS '99, 5th International Conference on Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis
    Subtitle of host publicationJuly 31- August 4, 1999, Orlando, Florida : proceedings
    EditorsNagib Callaos
    PublisherInternational Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS)
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9789800759196
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 1999
    Event5th International Conference on Information Systems, Analysis and Synthesis, ISAS 1999 - Orlando, United States
    Duration: 31 Jul 19994 Aug 1999
    Conference number: 5


    Conference5th International Conference on Information Systems, Analysis and Synthesis, ISAS 1999
    Abbreviated titleISAS
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


    • EWI-9758
    • IR-64012
    • HMI-VRG: Virtual Reality and Graphics
    • Interest communities
    • Virtual Reality
    • Modality
    • Agent Technology
    • Speech Recognition and Synthesis
    • Talking Faces
    • Web Technology


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