Large Scale Collaborative Virtual Environments

  • Chris Greenhalgh

Part of the Distinguished Dissertations book series (DISTDISS)

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About this book


Collaborative virtual environments are multi-user virtual realities which actively support communication and co-operation. This book addresses the theory, design, realisation and evaluation of such systems, with a particular emphasis on support for large numbers of distributed users. A broad approach is taken, which ranges from the sociology of interpersonal communication to the management of communication in distributed systems. The emphasis on multi-user environments distinguishes this book from the many general books on virtual reality which only deal with single-user systems. This book presents: models of multi-party awareness and interaction in space-based systems; detailed designs of two prototypes (MASSIVE-1 and MASSIVE-2); experiences with collaborative virtual environments created using these; and analyses of the corresponding network requirements. Many of these results and ideas are applicable to other systems and approaches.


CSCW reflection user interface virtual environment virtual reality

Authors and affiliations

  • Chris Greenhalgh
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  1. 1.Faculty of Science, School of Computer Science and Information TechnologyUniversity Park, University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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