To Beam or Not to Beam: A Study of Remote Telepresence Attendance at an Academic Conference

  title={To Beam or Not to Beam: A Study of Remote Telepresence Attendance at an Academic Conference},
  author={Carman Neustaedter and Gina Venolia and Jason Procyk and Daniel Hawkins},
Attending and presenting at conferences is a core part of academic and industrial research. Yet it can sometimes be challenging to attend conferences due to travel restrictions, time limitations, or accessibility challenges. To understand how people may be able to attend conferences remotely, we explored the use of commercial telepresence robots called Beams at Ubicomp/ISWC 2014. Seven people attended the conference remotely and used Beams to attend presentations, ask questions, and participate… CONTINUE READING
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