Research visit in Palo Alto for seven months

After the end of my five-months stay at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, I have now moved to San Francisco to work at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC, formerly Xerox PARC), in the very heart of Silicon Valley.

One of two main tasks in my seven months here will be to conduct more visual focus groups, both face-to-face and in an OpenSim/Second Life environment. In collaboration with PARC and Stanford University we will ideate and design innovative collaboration patterns specifically for implementation in a virtual world, making use of the distinct features of the medium.

The second main task will then be to conduct controlled experiments in order to empirically investigate the value of the implemented novel collaboration patterns and world designs for particular collaboration tasks. These experiments will be conducted online (in-world) in local settings at several universities in the San Francisco Bay area as well as at collaborating institutions in southern California.

As another outcome of the research we anticipate to get insights into design processes for virtual world collaboration experiences. In particular, the ABC Framework (see older posts) will be tested and evaluated, and face-to-face settings will be opposed to a virtual world environment in respect of their fit for the design process.

If you would like to participate in an in-world visual focus group (in December) kindly leave a comment to this post or contact me via email.

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