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PASION Project Funded by the EU to 2009

The PASION project, which studies networked social presence and emotion, started in Fall 2005. The project involved the M.I.N.D. Labs at Helsinki, Cologne, and Valencia, with participation of the Michigan M.I.N.D. Lab via Dr. Biocca's work in Helsinki.

The PASION project addresses a key issue in the networked communication of emotions. Social and particularly group interactions involve more and more mediated communication. Yet we know very little about the factors determining the effectiveness of the interaction. How do participants in mediated communication substitute the implicit, and non verbal signals in a mediated environment? The mechanisms involved in traditional communication are well-known. By contrast, very little is known about the forms of mediated communication. For instance, we do not know the role of implicit and non-verbal communication when the communication takes place in a mediated environment. PASION´s working hypothesis is that in mediated environments these messages will take completely new froms and that these forms are due to group interactions in technology-mediated environments.

As current communication technologies are ineffective in conveying the social, non-verbal and contextual information required for effective communication, PASION will be used by "large community of mobile users" providing strategic support to the activity of the group (adapted to the needs of specific applications in collaborative work and social gaming) by implementing "specific feedback strategies" based on the interpretation of the state and dynamics of social communication within the group.

In the four years of the project, PASION will investigate the basic scientific and technological issues which need to resolved to achieve this goal. Basic research will investigate the socio-psychological foundations of mediated interaction. Wizard-of-Oz prototypes will be used to elicit user input on basic concepts. Ergonomic studies will investigate critical issues of usability and user acceptability. Using this input, the project will design and develop new techniques to capture information relevant to social communication, and new ways of representing this information to users within the SVE. Two trials (one for each specific application collaborative work, and social gaming) will investigate the effectiveness of the concepts and technologies incorporated in the environment. A special effort will be dedicated to the investigation of the complicated ethical issues raised by this work, and to plans for business development.
The PASION project, which studies networked social presence and emotion, started in Fall 2005.  The project involved the M.I.N.D. Labs at Helsinki, Cologne, and Valencia, with participation of the Michigan M.I.N.D. Lab via Dr. Biocca's work in Helsinki.

The PASION project addresses a key issue in the networked communication of emotions. Social and particularly group interactions involve more and more mediated communication. Yet we know very little about the factors determining the effectiveness of the interaction. How do participants in mediated communication substitute the implicit, and non verbal signals in a mediated environment? The mechanisms involved in traditional communication are well-known. By contrast, very little is known about the forms of mediated communication. For instance, we do not know the role of implicit and non-verbal communication when the communication takes place in a mediated environment. PASION´s working hypothesis is that in mediated environments these messages will take completely new froms and that these forms are due to group interactions in technology-mediated environments.

As current communication technologies are ineffective in conveying the social, non-verbal and contextual information required for effective communication, PASION will be used by "large community of mobile users" providing strategic support to the activity of the group (adapted to the needs of specific applications in collaborative work and social gaming) by implementing "specific feedback strategies" based on the interpretation of the state and dynamics of social communication within the group.

In the four years of the project, PASION will investigate the basic scientific and technological issues which need to resolved to achieve this goal. Basic research will investigate the socio-psychological foundations of mediated interaction. Wizard-of-Oz prototypes will be used to elicit user input on basic concepts. Ergonomic studies will investigate critical issues of usability and user acceptability. Using this input, the project will design and develop new techniques to capture information relevant to social communication, and new ways of representing this information to users within the SVE. Two trials (one for each specific application collaborative work, and social gaming) will investigate the effectiveness of the concepts and technologies incorporated in the environment. A special effort will be dedicated to the investigation of the complicated ethical issues raised by this work, and to plans for business development.

 

 

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