Supporting Acceptable Dialogue Start Based on User Uninterruptibility Estimation for Avatar-Mediated Multi-tasking Online Communication

  • Takahiro Tanaka
  • Kyouhei Matsumura
  • Kinya Fujita
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5621)

Abstract

Current users of real-time online communication tools have difficulty recognizing the status of interaction partners. Therefore, initiation dialogue has a risk of unintended interruption of the partner. To overcome the problem, we focused on application-switching (AS) as a potential intelligent activity discontinuity marker for uninterruptibility estimation. Preliminary experiments revealed an uninterruptibility reduction effect of AS. Therefore, we prototyped an acceptable dialogue start supporting agent system that allows users to recognize the uninterruptibility of interaction partners naturally. The system estimates uninterruptibility using AS, keystrokes, and mouse clicks, and presenting the results by avatar posture and motion using overlapping expressions to control the impression of uninterruptibility.

Keywords

Multi-tasking online communication interruptibility 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takahiro Tanaka
    • 1
  • Kyouhei Matsumura
    • 1
  • Kinya Fujita
    • 1
  1. 1.Tokyo University of Agriculture and TechnologyTokyoJapan

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