Special Issue "Advanced Telepresence Technologies and Applications"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019) | Viewed by 3312

Special Issue Editor

Department of Adaptive Machine Systems, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
Interests: human–robot interaction; computer supported cooperative work; virtual reality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Telepresence means communicating presence. The bandwidth of this communication has been expanding in two ways. One is an increasing variety of modalities: Voice, video, touch, embodiment, and so on. The other is an increasing quality of each modality: Life-size video, binaural audio, haptic devices, humanoid robots, and so on. There remains a vast number of unexploited ways to combine these modalities. For example, there is a huge gap between the designs of LCD TVs and teleoperated robots. Commercial telepresence robots are an intermediate design, and there are many other possible intermediate designs. Repeating design and development of those designs is essential to advance telepresence technologies.

Teleconferencing for business meetings is not only an application of telepresence technologies, there are a lot of specific applications that require specialized telepresence systems: Healthcare, education, entertainment, crisis management, retailing, dining, dating, exercise, socializing, childcare, pet care, and so on. The same videoconferencing system or teleoperated robot cannot be suitable to all of those applications. Therefore, telepresence systems have to evolve and adapt to each application. However, the evolution and specialization of telepresence systems seem to be moderate. To accelerate this evolution, both empirical evaluations and in-the-wild trials are necessary.

This Special Issue aims at collecting original studies on advanced telepresence technologies, innovative designs that combine various modalities, experiments that deploy prototype systems, and the exploration of new telepresence applications. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Extended or improved videoconferencing systems
  • Teleoperated or semi-autonomous robots for remote social interaction
  • Combination of video-based and robot-based teleconferencing
  • Specialized telepresence systems for specific applications
  • Deployment and evaluation of commercial telepresence systems
  • Studies on human–(human, agent, robot, and animal) interactions for telepresence
  • VR, AR, and MR technologies for telepresence
  • Sociological and psychological studies for telepresence

Dr. Hideyuki Nakanishi
Guest Editor

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  • Telepresence
  • Videoconference
  • Visual communication
  • Social presence
  • Social interaction
  • Multi-modality
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Embodied agents
  • Humanoid robots
  • Virtual reality

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Maintaining the Sense of Agency in Semi-Autonomous Robot Conferencing
Future Internet 2019, 11(7), 143; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi11070143 - 03 Jul 2019
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In semi-autonomous robot conferencing, not only the operator controls the robot, but the robot itself also moves autonomously. Thus, it can modify the operator’s movement (e.g., adding social behaviors). However, the sense of agency, that is, the degree of feeling that the movement [...] Read more.
In semi-autonomous robot conferencing, not only the operator controls the robot, but the robot itself also moves autonomously. Thus, it can modify the operator’s movement (e.g., adding social behaviors). However, the sense of agency, that is, the degree of feeling that the movement of the robot is the operator’s own movement, would decrease if the operator is conscious of the discrepancy between the teleoperation and autonomous behavior. In this study, we developed an interface to control the robot head by using an eye tracker. When the robot autonomously moves its eye-gaze position, the interface guides the operator’s eye movement towards this autonomous movement. The experiment showed that our interface can maintain the sense of agency, because it provided the illusion that the autonomous behavior of a robot is directed by the operator’s eye movement. This study reports the conditions of how to provide this illusion in semi-autonomous robot conferencing. Full article
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