10th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing

Research Article

SideBar: Videoconferencing System Supporting Social Engagement

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2014.257335,
        author={Morten Esbensen and Paolo Tell and Jakob Bardram},
        title={SideBar: Videoconferencing System Supporting Social Engagement},
        proceedings={10th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={COLLABORATECOM},
        year={2014},
        month={11},
        keywords={sidebar videoconferencing social engagement},
        doi={10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2014.257335}
    }
    
  • Morten Esbensen
    Paolo Tell
    Jakob Bardram
    Year: 2014
    SideBar: Videoconferencing System Supporting Social Engagement
    COLLABORATECOM
    IEEE
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2014.257335
Morten Esbensen1,*, Paolo Tell2, Jakob Bardram2
  • 1: IT University of Copenhagen
  • 2: IT Universitty of Copenhagen
*Contact email: mortenq@itu.dk

Abstract

Companies are increasingly organizing work in globally distributed teams. A core challenge to these distributed teams is, however, to maintain social relationships due to limited opportunities and tools for social engagement. In this paper we present SideBar: a videoconferencing system that enhances virtual meetings by enabling social engagement. Through image analysis of the conference video feed, SideBar tracks meeting participants in real-time. A personal tablet then allows each participant to identify and track other participants, to look up information about them and their local work context, and to engage in peer-to-peer chat conversations. We describe the motivation, design and implementation of SideBar and report results from a preliminary evaluation, which shows that participants found SideBar useful and easy to use.
The paper concludes by providing three design guidelines for collaborative technologies supporting social engagement.