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Title: Exploring collaborative music making experience in shared virtual environments
Author: Men, Liang
ISNI:       0000 0004 9355 6568
Awarding Body: Queen Mary University of London
Current Institution: Queen Mary, University of London
Date of Award: 2020
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Virtual Environments (VEs), as media providing high-level immersion, o er people an opportunity to mimic natural interpersonal interactions digitally. As a multi-player version of VEs, Shared Virtual Environments (SVEs) inherit VEs' advantages in enabling natural interactions and generating a high level of immersion, and will possibly play an increasingly important role in supporting digitally-mediated collaboration. Though SVEs have been extensively explored for education, entertainment, work, and training, as yet, few SVEs exist in the eld of supporting creative collaboration and as a result, research on the creative aspect of collaboration in SVEs remains very poor. This raises questions about how to design the user experience to support creative collaboration in SVEs. This thesis starts with an introduction and related work. An SVE called Let's Move (LeMo) will then be briefed. LeMo allows two people to interact with each other and create music collaboratively in its virtual environment. Three studies based on LeMo will then be presented: Study I explores how free-form visual 3D annotations and work identity in uence the collaboration, Study II and Study III explore how working space con gurations a ect the collaboration. Results indicate that: (1) 3D annotations can support people's collaborative music making (CMM) in SVEs through ve classes of use; (2) group territory, personal territory, and territorial behaviour emerge during collaborative music making in SVEs; (3) manipulating characteristics of personal space a ected collaborative behaviour, formation of territory, work e ciency, sense of contribution, preference, and so on. Then an overall discussion between studies is made and further implications for SVEs supporting collaborative music making (and other types of collaboration) in SVEs are given. The ndings of this thesis contribute towards the design of Human-Computer Interaction of Shared Virtual Environments focusing on supporting collaborative music making.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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