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Benjamim Fonseca is Assistant Professor at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) and a Researcher in the INESC TEC Laboratory, in Portugal. His main research interests are collaborative systems and mobile accessibility. He has dozens of publications in these areas, in conferences, journals and books, and has participated in the reviewing and organization of several scientific publications and events.

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  • Name

    Benjamim Fonseca
  • Cluster

    Computer Science
  • Role

    Senior Researcher
  • Since

    05th March 1997
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Publications

2016

A Bot Spooler Architecture to Integrate Virtual Worlds with E-learning Management Systems for Corporate Training

Authors
Morgado, L; Paredes, H; Fonseca, B; Martins, P; Almeida, A; Vilela, A; Peixinho, F; Santos, A;

Publication
JOURNAL OF UNIVERSAL COMPUTER SCIENCE

Abstract
Joining efforts of academic and corporate teams, we developed an integration architecture - MULTIS - that enables corporate e-learning managers to use a Learning Management System (LMS) for management of educational activities in virtual worlds. This architecture was then implemented for the Formare LMS. In this paper we present this architecture and concretizations of its implementation for the Second Life Grid/OpenSimulator virtual world platforms. Current systems are focused on activities managed by individual trainers, rather than groups of trainers and large numbers of trainees: they focus on providing the LMS with information about educational activities taking place in a virtual world and/or being able to access within the virtual world some of the information stored in the LMS, and disregard the streamlining of activity setup and data collection in multi-trainer contexts, among other administrative issues. This architecture aims to overcome the limitations of existing systems for organizational management of corporate e-learning activities.

2016

Collaboration in 3D Virtual Worlds: a protocol for case study research

Authors
Cruz, Armando; Paredes, Hugo; Fonseca, Benjamim; Martins, Paulo; Morgado, Leonel;

Publication
EAI Endorsed Trans. Future Intellig. Educat. Env.

Abstract

2016

Computer-Simulated 3D Virtual Environments in Collaborative Learning and Training: Meta-Review, Refinement, and Roadmap

Authors
Correia, A; Fonseca, B; Paredes, H; Martins, P; Morgado, L;

Publication
Progress in IS - Handbook on 3D3C Platforms

Abstract

2016

Exploring educational immersive videogames: an empirical study with a 3D multimodal interaction prototype

Authors
Alves Fernandes, LMA; Matos, GC; Azevedo, D; Nunes, RR; Paredes, H; Morgado, L; Barbosa, LF; Martins, P; Fonseca, B; Cristovao, P; de Carvalho, F; Cardoso, B;

Publication
BEHAVIOUR & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Abstract
Gestural interaction devices emerged and originated various studies on multimodal human-computer interaction to improve user experience (UX). However, there is a knowledge gap regarding the use of these devices to enhance learning. We present an exploratory study which analysed the UX with a multimodal immersive videogame prototype, based on a Portuguese historical/cultural episode. Evaluation tests took place in high school environments and public videogaming events. Two users would be present simultaneously in the same virtual reality (VR) environment: one as the helmsman aboard Vasco da Gama's fifteenth-century Portuguese ship and the other as the mythical Adamastor stone giant at the Cape of Good Hope. The helmsman player wore a VR headset to explore the environment, whereas the giant player used body motion to control the giant, and observed results on a screen, with no headset. This allowed a preliminary characterisation of UX, identifying challenges and potential use of these devices in multi-user virtual learning contexts. We also discuss the combined use of such devices, towards future development of similar systems, and its implications on learning improvement through multimodal human-computer interaction.

2016

Integrating virtual worlds with Learning Management Systems: the MULTIS approach

Authors
Morgado, L; Almeida, A; Vilela, A; Pires, B; Cardoso, M; Paredes, H; Fonseca, B; Martins, P; Peixinho, F; Santos, A;

Publication
2016 15TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING AND COMMUNICATIONS AND 2016 INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CYBERSPACE AND SECURITY (IUCC-CSS)

Abstract
Learning Management Systems (LMS) provide minimal support for educational use of virtual worlds. Integration efforts assume the educators are inside the virtual world, providing hooks to services in the external LMS, to setup and manage virtual world activities. We present the inverse approach, enabling educators to setup and manage virtual world activities using the traditional LMS Web interface as an integral part of the overall educational activities of a course. In our approach, the LMS enables the teacher/trainer to setup, control, track, and store virtual world activities and its elements. It is the result of a joint effort by academic and corporate teams, implemented in the Formare LMS for OpenSimulator and Second Life Grid virtual world platforms. We explain how the Multis architecture can be used for integration, with concrete cases, an approach that can be implemented in other LMS and virtual world platforms, to overcome the limitations of existing systems for organizational management of e-learning activities.

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thesis

2016

AMBIENTE COMPUTACIONAL ADAPTATIVO E COLABORATIVO PARA A APRENDIZAGEM DA GEOMETRIA

Author
Vanda Alexandre marques dos Santos

Institution
UTAD

2016

A Model for Leveraging Crowd-based Human Computation and Machine Learning in Scientific Data Analysis and Discovery

Author
António José Guilherme Correia

Institution
UTAD

2016

Modelo de desenvolvimento rápido de aplicações móveis

Author
Nuno Miguel Araújo de Faria

Institution
UTAD

2016

A COMMUNICATION CHANNELS DYNAMIC SWITCHING MODEL FOR ALWAYS-CONNECTED AVAILABILITY OF SERVICE ORIENTED MOBILE APPLICATIONS

Author
Diogo Pires Azevedo

Institution
UTAD

2015

Implementação de um sistema de gestão de sinistros

Author
Sara Filipa Freitas Borges

Institution
UTAD