MiRA - mixed reality agents

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Title: MiRA - mixed reality agents
Authors: Holz, Thomas
Campbell, Abraham G.
O'Hare, G. M. P. (Greg M. P.)
Stafford, John W.
Dragone, Mauro
Martin, A. (Alan)
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3195
Date: Apr-2011
Abstract: In recent years, an increasing number of Mixed Reality (MR) applications have been developed using agent technology—both for the underlying software and as an interface metaphor. However, no unifying field or theory currently exists that can act as a common frame of reference for these varied works. As a result, much duplication of research is evidenced in the literature. This paper seeks to fill this important gap by outlining ‘‘for the first time’’ a formal field of research that has hitherto gone unacknowledged, namely the field of Mixed Reality Agents (MiRAs), which are defined as agents embodied in a Mixed Reality environment. Based on this definition, a taxonomy is offered that classifies MiRAs along three axes: agency, based on the weak and strong notions outlined by Wooldridge and Jennings (1995); corporeal presence, which describes the degree of virtual or physical representation (body) of a MiRA; and interactive capacity, which characterises its ability to sense and act on the virtual and physical environment. Furthermore, this paper offers the first comprehensive survey of the state-of-the-art of MiRA research and places each project within the proposed taxonomy. Finally, common trends and future directions for MiRA research are discussed. By defining Mixed Reality Agents as a formal field, establishing a common taxonomy, and retrospectively placing existing MiRA projects within it, future researchers can effectively position their research within this landscape, thereby avoiding duplication and fostering reuse and interoperability.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright (published version): 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Keywords: Mixed reality agents;Mixed reality;Interaction metaphors;Survey
Subject LCSH: Mixed reality
Intelligent agents (Computer software)
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2010.10.001
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:CLARITY Research Collection
Computer Science Research Collection

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