Which way to turn? Guide orientation in virtual way finding

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In this paper we describe an experiment aimed at determining the most effective and natural orientation of a virtual guide that gives route directions in a 3D virtual environment. We hypothesized that, due to the presence of mirrored gestures, having the route provider directly face the route seeker would result in a less effective and less natural route description than having the route provider adapt his orientation to that of the route seeker. To compare the effectiveness of the different orientations, after having received a route description the participants in our experiment had to ‘virtually’ traverse the route using prerecorded route segments. The results showed no difference in effectiveness between the two orientations, but suggested that the orientation where the speaker directly faces the route seeker is more natural.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Workshop on Embodied Language Processing
EditorsJ. Cassell, Dirk K.J. Heylen
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2007
EventACL Workshop on Embodied Language Processing 2007 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 28 Jun 200728 Jun 2007

Publication series

NameACL Workshop Proceedings
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics


WorkshopACL Workshop on Embodied Language Processing 2007
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic


  • EWI-10403
  • METIS-243632
  • IR-64161
  • HMI-IA: Intelligent Agents


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