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COLLABORATIVE VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS BASED ON REAL WORK SPACES

Luis A. Guerrero, CÚsar A. Collazos, JosÚ A. Pino, Sergio F. Ochoa, Felipe Aguilera

Department of Computer Science, Universidad de Chile
Blanco Encalada 2120, Casilla 2777, Santiago, Chile
{luguerre, ccollazo, jpino, sochoa, faguiler}@dcc.uchile.cl

Abstract

Collaborative Virtual Environments (CVEs) have been proposed for various purposes but mainly for leisure. Context providing CVEs may be useful for information sharing and communication tasks. An example organizational unit is selected to experiment the development of a CVE for a real working environment. We start with the actual physical environment of our Computer Science Department and we design a CVE to provide new collaboration features to the people working in it. The approach has many advantages. First, people are familiar with the basic physical environment. Second, some activities requiring physical presence can be done with virtual presence, enabling more convenient ways to work for employees. Third, new opportunities for collaborative work appear as it is easy to do them with the proposed CVE. In this paper we present the approach and the design of the proposed CVE.