Approach to encounters and interaction in a virtual environment

Norihiko Matsuura, Go Fujino, Ken ichi Okada, Yutaka Matsushita

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In this paper, we describe a new concept about a virtual environment on networked computers to support distributed collaborative work. We focus explicitly on tools to enable informal (casual) communications in contrast to most of the existing approaches of groupware applications. The establishment and maintenance of personal relationships is as indispensable in a virtual environment as in a physical environment, because the personal relationships lead the acquirement of new communication channels and the probability of future joints. We describe the concept of interactions in a virtual environment and two experimental tools for the one shared space in this virtual environment. These tools provide the opportunities for spontaneous, informal encounters and interactions with other people who have logged in the same networked computers, in order to support the formation and maintenance of personal relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1993 ACM Computer Science Conference
PublisherPubl by ACM
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0897915585, 9780897915588
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 21st Annual ACM Computer Science Conference - Indianapolis, IN, USA
Duration: 1993 Feb 161993 Feb 18

Publication series

Name1993 ACM Computer Science Conference


OtherProceedings of the 21st Annual ACM Computer Science Conference
CityIndianapolis, IN, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture


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