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Gregory Funke (Committee Member), Arthur Goshtasby (Committee Member), Yong Pei (Committee Member), Thomas Wischgoll (Advisor)

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Mobiles device are quickly becoming an indispensable part of our society. Equipped with numerous communication capabilities, they are increasingly being examined as potential tools for civilian and military usage to aide in distributed remote collaboration for dynamic decision making and physical task completion. With an ever growing mobile workforce, the need for remote assistance in aiding field workers who are confronted with situations outside their expertise certainly increases. Enhanced capabilities in using mobile devices could significantly improve numerous components of a task's completion (i.e. accuracy, timing, etc.). This dissertation considers the design of mobile implementation of technology and communication capabilities to support interactive collaboration between distributed team members. Specifically, this body of research seeks to explore and understand how various multimodal remote assistances affect both the human user's performance and the mobile device's effectiveness when used during cooperative tasks. Additionally, power effects are additionally studied to assess the energy demands on a mobile device supporting multimodal communication. In a series of applied experiments and demonstrations, the effectiveness of a mobile device facilitating multimodal collaboration is analyzed through both empirical data collection and subjective exploration. The utility of the mobile interactive system and its configurations are examined to assess the impact on distributed task performance and collaborative dialogue between pairs. The dissertation formulates and defends an argument that multimodal communication capabilities should be incorporated into mobile communication channels to provide collaborating partners salient perspectives with a goal of reaching a mutual understanding of task procedures. The body of research discusses the findings of this investigation and highlight these findings they may influence future mobile research seeking to enhance interactive distributed guidance.

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Department or Program

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.