This paper summarizes our recent activities to support people to communicate with each other using public computer network systems. Unlike conventional teleconferencing systems, which are mainly for business meetings, we focus on informal communication in open organizations. So far, three different systems have been developed and actually tested. In Socia, we introduced vision agents which act on behalf of their users in a network. To enable a meeting to be scheduled at a mutually acceptable time, we proposed the scheme called non-committed scheduling. Free Walk supports casual meetings among more than a few people. For this purpose, we provide a 3-D virtual space called community common where participants can behave just as in real life. In the ICMAS'96 Mobile Assistant Project, on the other hand, we conducted an experiment in an actual international conference using 100 personal digital assistants and wireless phones. Various services were provided to increase the interactions among participants of the conference. Based on these experiences, we are now moving towards communityware to support people to form a community based on computer network technologies.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Theoretical Computer Science
- Hardware and Architecture
- Computer Networks and Communications