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Psychologically augmented social interaction over networks

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.

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TELECOM ITALIA SPA

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CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

HELSINGIN KAUPPAKORKEAKOULU

Finland

ISTITUTO AUXOLOGICO ITALIANO

Italy

MEDIASCORE GESELLSCHAFT FUER MEDIEN- UND KOMMUNIKATIONSFORSCHUNG MBH

Germany

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

TEKNILLINEN KORKEAKOULU

Finland

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD

Germany

UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN

Germany

UNIVERSITAT JAUME I DE CASTELLON

Spain

UNIVERSITE D'AIX-MARSEILLE II

France

UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF LONDON GOLDSMITHS COLLEGE

United Kingdom

XIWRITE DI WALKER JOHN RICHARD E C. S.A.S.

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 027654

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2009

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 831 993

  • EU contribution

    € 5 849 995

Coordinated by:

TELECOM ITALIA SPA

Italy