Accession Number:

ADA595110

Title:

The Effects of Multimodal Mobile Communications on Cooperative Team Interactions Executing Distributed Tasks

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept. 1 Aug 2011-1 Aug 2013

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH HUMAN EFFECTIVENESS DIRECTORATE

Report Date:

2013-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

Mobile devices are rapidly becoming an indispensable part of our everyday life. Integrated with various embedded sensors and the ability to sup- port on-the-move processing, mobile devices are being investigated as potential tools to support cooperative team interactions and distributed real-time decision making in both military and civilian applications. A driving interest is how a mobile device equipped with multimodal communication capabilities can contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of real-time, task outcome and performance. In this paper, we investigate the effects of a prototype multimodal collaborative Android application on distributed collaborating partners jointly working on a physical task. The mobile applications implementation supports real-time data dissemination of an active workspaces perspective between distributed operators. The prototype application was demonstrated in a scenario where teammates utilize different features of the software to collaboratively assemble a complex structure. Results indicated significant improvements in completion times when users visually shared their perspectives and were able to utilize image annotation versus relying on verbal descriptors.

Subject Categories:

  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE