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Topic ICTs, Context and Face-to-Face Communiction
Participants | Ian Perry | Pete Barnsley | David Best | Raul Espejo | John Mingers |
Critics | Consuelo Davila | Chris Atkinson | Roger Harnden | Keith Pheby | Clas-Otto Wene |

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Meeting 3 Notes

Outcome Resolve

Co-ordinator = John Mingers

Date: 10 July Time: 17:40 to 18:40 Facilitators: Delia & Hector


Here there are some points for research:

  • The construction of a framework for human communications.
  • The exploration of limits and enhancement for Modes/Media.


  • How can we take into account other people's actions? We need to explore the phases of the co-ordination of actions, e.g. confusion.
  • How to achieve effective communication between clients, agents and people according to our own purposes, intentions and how is it mediated (enhanced or restricted) through ICTs?
  • What are the limits of context in human communication?


  • Must effective human communication include the context? Do human communications take place in context?
  • Is it problematic to restrict us to a human-human type of world? What about a human-machine type of world?
  • However, we have to limit the research to human communication mediated through ICTs and not machine-machine communications.
  • Co-ordination of actions is a test of effectiveness in the communication. Co-ordination of actions takes place in a multifaceted context but ICTs don't have enough variety for the co-ordination of actions.
  • We need to find potential ways to construct a framework for human communications that include elements of cognition such as the structural determination of people in human communications.


We recognise the rich, multifaceted nature of human communications, especially because of the embodied and autonomous nature of human cognition. We also see a range of communication modes and media for face-to-face and ICTs to enable. We wish to explore the limits and potential enhancements and also the opportunities of this media in respect to the other forms of communication. In order to do this, we will aim to develop a framework that will look at: firstly, the media or modes of communication themselves; secondly, the way we model our understanding of what communications require and thirdly, we will look at the linkages that may occur between these two using practical examples such as this syntegration.