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BACTAC - Barthelmess

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Project Project Neem: Explorations in Anthropomorphic and Anthropopathic Distributed Collaboration
Paulo Barthelmess
Graduate Student, Department of Computer Science

The Collaboration Technology Research Group (CTRG) is exploring anthropomorphic and anthropopathic distributed collaboration systems: systems that strive to blend in as seamlessly as possible into group interactions. We believe that technology that is embedded in highly social, communication intensive settings such as distributed meetings should try to leverage on common human social, emotional and spatial navigation notions as a means to lower communication barriers.

While completely seamless integration is beyond the state-of-the-art due to the inherent complexity of humans and the processes they are involved in, available existing technology can be used to experiment with such an approach. In particular, the project integrates natural language processing technology and explores the use of anthropomorphic agents as full fledged meeting participants as means to provide seamless meeting augmentation.

This talk presents the research test bed that has been implemented to allow experimenting with these ideas and concepts. This software platform incorporates facilities for rapid application development, realtime experiments and remote data collection. It provides voice, video and data conferencing capabilities and integrates natural language processing and animation functionality.

BACTAC, the Beverage And Chips Tuesday Afternoon Colloquium, is a weekly forum run by graduate students. The goal is provide an informal setting in which anyone can (basically) present anything. In the past, we have had practice talks for conferences and job interviews, research reports, juggle lessons (!), student representative reports, internship discussions, an introduction to ergonomics, and "pay attention to this when you are going to look for job" discussions.

BACTAC is meant to be an informal and social event to promote the interaction among graduate students. BACTAC is typically held every Tuesday, at 3:30pm, in room ECOT 831. Free munchies and drinks are provided.

Please email Caleb Phillips for more information or if you want to be a speaker.

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