el 15(8): e4

Research Article

A Methodological Approach to User Evaluation and Assessment of a Virtual Environment Hangout

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/icst.intetain.2015.259557,
        author={Marco Pasin and Antonella Frisiello and Julie Wall and Steven Poulakos and Aljoscha Smolic},
        title={A Methodological Approach to User Evaluation and Assessment of a Virtual Environment Hangout},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on e-Learning},
        volume={2},
        number={8},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={EL},
        year={2015},
        month={8},
        keywords={interactive virtual environments, interface design and assessment, sensors for entertainment, virtual characters},
        doi={10.4108/icst.intetain.2015.259557}
    }
    
  • Marco Pasin
    Antonella Frisiello
    Julie Wall
    Steven Poulakos
    Aljoscha Smolic
    Year: 2015
    A Methodological Approach to User Evaluation and Assessment of a Virtual Environment Hangout
    EL
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.intetain.2015.259557
Marco Pasin1, Antonella Frisiello1,*, Julie Wall2, Steven Poulakos3, Aljoscha Smolic3
  • 1: Istituto Superiore Mario Boella
  • 2: Queen Mary University of London
  • 3: Disney Research Zurich
*Contact email: frisiello@ismb.it

Abstract

Innovation in virtual reality and motion sensing devices is pushing the development of virtual communication platforms towards completely immersive scenarios, which require full user interaction and create complex sensory experiences. This evolution influences user experiences and creates new paradigms for interaction, leading to an increased importance of user evaluation and assessment on new systems interfaces and usability, to validate platform design and development from the users’ point of view. The REVERIE research project aims to develop a virtual environment service for realistic inter-personal interaction. This paper describes the design challenges faced during the development process of user interfaces and the adopted methodological approach to user evaluation and assessment.