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Authors: Pablo Almajano 1 ; Enric Mayas 2 ; Inmaculada Rodriguez 2 ; Maite Lopez-Sanchez 2 and Anna Puig 2

Affiliations: 1 CSIC and Universitat de Barcelona, Spain ; 2 Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

ISBN: 978-989-8565-46-4

Keyword(s): Virtual Environments, Human-agent Interactions, Usability.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Advanced User Interfaces ; Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Environments ; Computer Vision, Visualization and Computer Graphics ; Evaluation of Human Performance and Usability in Virtual Environments ; Interactive Environments

Abstract: Humans in the Digital Age are continuously exploring different forms of socializing on-line. In Social 3D Virtual Worlds (VW) people freely socialize by participating in open-ended activities in 3D simulated spaces. Moreover, VWs can also be used to engage humans in e-applications, the so called Serious VWs. Implicitly, these serious applications have specific goals that require structured environments where participants play specific roles and perform activities by following well-defined protocols and norms. In this paper we advocate for the use of Virtual Institutions (VI) to provide explicit structure to current Social 3D VWs. We refer to the resulting system as hybrid (participants can be both human and software agents) and structured Virtual Environments. Specifically, we present v-mWater (a water market, an e-government application deployed as a VI), the infrastructure that supports participants’ interactions, and the evaluation of its usability.

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Paper citation in several formats:
Almajano, P.; Mayas, E.; Rodriguez, I.; Lopez-Sanchez, M. and Puig, A. (2013). Structuring Interactions in a Hybrid Virtual Environment - Infrastructure & Usability.In Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications and International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: GRAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2013) ISBN 978-989-8565-46-4, pages 288-297. DOI: 10.5220/0004215802880297

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author={Pablo Almajano. and Enric Mayas. and Inmaculada Rodriguez. and Maite Lopez{-}Sanchez. and Anna Puig.},
title={Structuring Interactions in a Hybrid Virtual Environment - Infrastructure & Usability},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications and International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: GRAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2013)},
year={2013},
pages={288-297},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0004215802880297},
isbn={978-989-8565-46-4},
}

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications and International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: GRAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2013)
TI - Structuring Interactions in a Hybrid Virtual Environment - Infrastructure & Usability
SN - 978-989-8565-46-4
AU - Almajano, P.
AU - Mayas, E.
AU - Rodriguez, I.
AU - Lopez-Sanchez, M.
AU - Puig, A.
PY - 2013
SP - 288
EP - 297
DO - 10.5220/0004215802880297

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