Posters for Ubicomp 2006

Good news, my poster “Investigating How Automatic Disclosure of Partners’ Location Influences Mobile Coordination” (Nova, N., Girardin, F., Dillenbourg, P.) has been accepted for Ubicomp 2006 in Orange County, CA. Fabien's poster too “Towards Design Strategies to Deal with Spatial Uncertainty in Location-Aware Systems” (Girardin, F., Nova, N., Blat, J.) .

Both are connected to the Catchbob project. The first one is a mixed-method analysis of socio-cognitive processes deployed in mobile coordination, and the influence of automatic disclosure of partners' location on them. The second is an account of the lessons learned and insights about how players reacted to technological uncertainties in the game.

In my paper, utomatic location awareness had detrimental effect on players' communication and strategy negotiation. But the game performance was not affected. One of the reviewer interestingly pointed me on this. I actually mention the fact that the location awareness of others can undermine collaboration.

The main comment I have on this work is the conclusion that automatic location awareness had detrimental effect on communication. That's interesting---isn't the objective of awareness technology exactly that of reducing the amount of explicit communcation? Why is it detrimental? Did participants perform more poorley in the game? Did they bond socially less? Did they incur in more misunderstandings? Please, specify.

Perhaps I should better discuss this issue, that already popped up here and there; participants did not perform more poorly but the coordination effectiveness was not the same.