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EPSRC Reference: GR/S81414/01
Title: Engaging Collaborations
Principal Investigator: Bryan-Kinns, Dr NJ
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Researcher Co-Investigators:
Professor PGT Healey
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Department: Computer Science
Organisation: Queen Mary University of London
Scheme: First Grant Scheme Pre-FEC
Starts: 29 June 2004 Ends: 28 June 2007 Value (£): 108,703
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Human-Computer Interactions
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Creative Industries
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The aim of this project is to investigate the nature of mutual engagement in creative collaborations, and to start to identify user interface features which have an effect on it. Most collaboration involves points of mutual engagement between the participants, and many creative collaborations involve high levels of mutual engagement. Current approaches to understanding group work do not adequately model features of engagement in group activities. As a pragmatic start point, this project takes group music improvisation as an exemplar domain of collaboration which involves high levels of mutual engagement. An initial set of features of human communication in group music improvisation will be identified through studies. These will be used to inform the design and prototyping of support for such creative collaborations remotely. Hypotheses about the nature of mutual engagement, and the effect user interfaces have upon it, will be tested through experimental manipulation of the prototype's user interface. Results of the tests and studies will be used to identify requirements for a framework for understanding mutual engagement in collaboration.
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