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Psychologically augmented social interaction over networks

Objective

Ever more frequently, social and particularly group interactions, involve 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 which play such an important role in traditional, face to face communication? What are the equivalent 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 forms 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 deliver an innovative shared virtual environment where a pioneering mediated social communication will take place.

During trials 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 be resolved to achieve this goal.

Basic research will investigate the socio-psychological foundations of mediated social interaction. Wizard-of-Oz prototypes will be used to elicit user input on basic concepts. The project will design and develop new techniques to capture information relevant to social communication.

Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

TELECOM ITALIA SPA
Address
Piazza Degli Affari 2
20123 Milano
Italy

Participants (17)

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS
Greece
Address
6Th Km Charilaou-thermi Road
Thermi-thessaloniki
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
3, Rue Michel-ange
Paris Cedex 16
HELSINGIN KAUPPAKORKEAKOULU
Finland
Address
Runeberginkatu 14-16
00101 Helsinki
ISTITUTO AUXOLOGICO ITALIANO
Italy
Address
Via L. Ariosto 13
20145 Milano
MEDIASCORE GESELLSCHAFT FUER MEDIEN- UND KOMMUNIKATIONSFORSCHUNG MBH
Germany
Address
Von-werth-strasse 17
50670 Koeln
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
Address
Wittelsbacherplatz 2
80333 Muenchen
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
Address
Den Dolech 2
5612 AZ Eindhoven
TEKNILLINEN KORKEAKOULU
Finland
Address
Otakaari 1
02015 Espoo
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
Address
Via Viii Febbraio 2
35122 Padova (Pd)
UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 25
100131 Bielefeld
UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN
Germany
Address
Albertus-magnus-platz -
Koeln
UNIVERSITAT JAUME I DE CASTELLON
Spain
Address
Avenida Vicent Sos Baynat S/n
Castellon De La Plana
UNIVERSITE D'AIX-MARSEILLE II
France
Address
Bd Charles Livon 58-Le Pharo. Jardin E. Duclaux
13284 Marseille
UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN
United Kingdom
Address
Brayford Pool
LN6 7TS Lincoln
UNIVERSITY OF LONDON GOLDSMITHS COLLEGE
United Kingdom
Address
New Cross
SE14 6NW London
XIWRITE DI WALKER JOHN RICHARD E C. S.A.S.
Italy
Address
Via Maffeo Pantaleoni 3
00044 Frascati