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Multiview Video Conferencing Experience

April 28, 2008 | Chris Payatagool
multiviewlogo.jpgMultiView adds a new level of spatial fidelity to the many-to-many video conferencing experience by providing multiple views but giving each person in the conference the single unique and correct view of the remote side. This new level of spatial fidelity restores many of the non-verbal and spatial cues lost in typical single-view video conference systems -- like eye contact and deixis -- and improves the overall effectiveness of remote collaboration.


Three remote participants are gazing toward their right (viewer's left). Column 1 is the view from the left position, column 2, the center position, and column 3, the right position. The top row is what is seen from the respective positions with standard (non-directional) video conferencing. Notice that from all viewing positions, all remote participants appear to be gazing toward the left -- even the participant they are looking toward will perceive this -- demonstrating perspective invariance. The bottom row is what is seen using MultiView and shows appropriately changing perspectives.



    * David Nguyen, and Canny, J. MultiView: Improving Trust in Group Video Conferencing through Spatial Faithfulness. Proceedings of the 2007 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'07). San Jose, CA. Best Paper Award. (pdf)
    * David Nguyen. MultiView: Spatially Faithful Group Video Conferencing. Masters of Science, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2005. (pdf)
    * David Nguyen and John Canny. MultiView: Spatially Faithful Group Video Conferencing. Proceedings of the 2005 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'05) pp. 512-521. Portland, Oregon. (pdf | acm)


    * Harris, Scott Duke. "Christmas Connection." San Jose Mercury News. December 25, 2007. (link|pdf)
    * Patch, Kimberley. "Conference System Makes Shared Space." Technology Research News. May 18/25, 2005. (link|pdf)
    * Blum, Alexander. "Workers of the World, Unite!" Popular Science. April 2007. (link|pdf)
    * Kyle Schurman. "3D Video Conferencing: Experience More Natural Video Conferencing." Computer Power User. October 2005. Vol.5 Issue 10. pp 42-43. (link|pdf)


    * [email protected] (ppt)
    * A Japanese Translation of MultiView (pdf)
    * Poster (ppt)
    * Short Demonstration Video (mov | wmv)


    * David Nguyen - [email protected]
    * John Canny - [email protected]


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