Social VR: A New Medium for RemoteCommunication and Collaboration

Abstract

There is a growing need for effective remote communication,
which has many positive societal impacts, such as reducing
environmental pollution and travel costs, supporting
rich collaboration by remotely connecting talented people.
Social Virtual Reality (VR) invites multiple users to join a
collaborative virtual environment, which creates new opportunities
for remote communication. The goal of social VR
is not to completely replicate reality, but to facilitate and extend
the existing communication channels of the physical
world. Apart from the benefits provided by social VR, privacy
concerns and ethical risks are raised when the boundary
between the real and the virtual world is blurred. This
workshop is intended to spur discussions regarding technology,
evaluation protocols, application areas, research
ethics and legal regulations for social VR as an emerging
immersive remote communication tool.