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Using F-formations to analyse spatial patterns of interaction in physical environments

Marshall, P; Rogers, Y; Pantidi, N; (2011) Using F-formations to analyse spatial patterns of interaction in physical environments. In: CSCW '11 Proceedings of the ACM 2011 conference on Computer supported cooperative work. (pp. 445 - 454). ACM

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Abstract

There are few conceptual tools available to analyse physical spaces in terms of their support for social interactions and their potential for technological augmentation. In this paper, we describe how we used Adam Kendon's characterisation of the F-formation system of spatial organisation as a conceptual lens to analyse the social interactions between visitors and staff in a tourist information centre. We describe how the physical structures in the space encouraged and discouraged particular kinds of interactions and discuss how F-formations might be used to think about augmenting physical spaces.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Using F-formations to analyse spatial patterns of interaction in physical environments
DOI:10.1145/1958824.1958893
Publisher version:http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1958824.1958893
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science

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