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  Technical Report: Avatars Meet Meetings: Design Issues in Integrating Avatars in Distributed Corporate Meetings

Avatars Meet Meetings: Design Issues in Integrating Avatars in Distributed Corporate Meetings

Technical Report #:10-12
Author(s): N Sadat Shami, Li-Te Cheng, Steven Rohall, Andrew Sempere, John Patterson

Abstract

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The difficulties remote participants of distributed meetings face are widely recognized. In this paper we describe the design of an avatar-based e-meeting support tool named Olympus, which aims
to ameliorate some of the challenges remote participants face in distributed meetings. Olympus provides a customizable peripheral display on the bottom of existing e-meeting solutions. An initial
observational study was conducted of the use of Olympus in 6 meetings, three each of a status meeting and a presentation meeting. By illustrating how avatars were used in the two meeting
types, we hope to surface design issues and refine our understanding of how avatars may be useful in the design of online meeting spaces.


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