Archive for the ‘KORION’ Category

Designing Authentic Emotions for Non-Human Characters

By Oliver on June 1st, 2017 in affective, games, gamification, KORION, publications

Korn, Oliver; Stamm, Lukas; Moeckel, Gerd:

Designing Authentic Emotions for Non-Human Characters. A Study Evaluating Virtual Affective Behavior

In: DIS 17 Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2017

DOI = http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3064663.3064755

Text on ResearchGate

Abstract

While human emotions have been researched for decades, designing authentic emotional behavior for non-human characters has received less attention. However, virtual behavior not only affects game design, but also allows creating authentic avatars or robotic companions.

After a discussion of methods to model and recognize emotions, we present three characters with a decreasing level of human features and describe how established design techniques can be adapted for such characters.

In a study, 220 participants assess these characters’ emotional behavior, focusing on the emotion “anger”. We want to determine how reliable users can recognize emotional behavior, if characters increasingly do not look and behave like humans. A secondary aim is determining if gender has an impact on the competence in emotion recognition.

The findings indicate that there is an area of insecure attribution of virtual affective behavior not distant but close to human behavior. We also found that at least for anger, men and women assess emotional behavior equally well.

Presentation

The paper is presented on June 13 at the
ACM SIGCHI Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2017

Computerized Assessment of the Skills of Impaired and Elderly Workers

Korn, Oliver; Tso, Leslie; Papagrigoriou, Christos; Sowoidnich, Yannic; Konrad, Robert; Schmidt, Albrecht:

Computerized Assessment of the Skills of Impaired and Elderly Workers. A Tool Survey and Comparative Study

In: PETRA ’16 Proceedings of the 9th Int. Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2016
DOI = 10.1145/2910674.2910675

Abstract

The number of impaired persons rises – as a result of both regular degradation with age and psychological problems like burnout. Sheltered work organizations aim to reintegrate impaired persons into work environments and prepare them for the re-entry in the regular job market.

Both for elderly and for impaired persons it is crucial to quickly assess the abilities, to identify limits and potentials and thus find work processes suitable for their skill profile.

This work focuses on the analysis and comparison of software-tools that assess the abilities of persons with impairments. We describe two established generic tools (CANTAB, Cogstate), analyze a yet unknown specialized tool (Hamet) and present a new gamified tool (GATRAS).

Finally we present a study with 20 participants, comparing the tools against a ground truth baseline generated by a realworld assembly task

Presentation

This work will be presented at the conference
PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments
PETRA ’16 (June 29 – July 01) on Corfu Island, Greece.

PETRA-16

Call for Chapters: PCG in the Game Industry

By Oliver on January 17th, 2016 in games, HCI, KORION, publications
Spaceship with procedurally generated configuration (KORION)

Spaceship with procedurally generated configuration (KORION)

Together with Newton Lee I am currently editing a book for the
Springer International Series on Computer Entertainment & Media Technology:

Procedural Content Generation in the Game Industry: Best Practices and Perspectives

 

Call for Chapter Proposals, by February 29, 2016

Overview

Procedural content generation (PCG) uses algorithms to create levels, items or story elements in games at runtime. The purpose of this book is to provide a hands-on overview on the application and the potentials of PCG.

The book is intended for game developers, computer scientists and gaming enthusiasts.

While there will be some historical and mathematical background on PCG, the focus lies on the actual application of PCG methods in games and game studies. The book will present a wide range of best practices ranging from platform games to sci-fi strategy, from indie to AAA; we are also interested in contributions on the economic and organizational potentials and challenges of projects where PCG was used.

The book draws upon an interdisciplinary approach. We invite contributions from researchers and practitioners from Game Studies, Computer Sciences, Human-Computer Interaction, Psychology and other disciplines.

Structure

Procedural Content Generation in the Game Industry is structured in three sections.

  • section 1 briefly describes the historical and mathematical background of PCG
  • section 2 represents the book’s main body: here best practices are presented. While we are especially interested in user experience studies, more technical topics are welcome
  • section 3 examines the economic and organizational potentials and challenges of projects where PCG was used

Topics

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Game Design for games with procedurally generated content
  • User Experience (UX) Studies on games with PCG elements
  • PCG algorithms and tools, e.g. Perlin noise
  • History of PCG use in games, from Rogue to Borderlands and beyond
  • Organizational and management strategies related to PCG
  • Economic impact of PCG

Submission

In the first step, researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a 2-page (max. 1200 words) chapter proposal explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter by February 21, 2016. Author anonymity is not required in this step.

Please use the Easy Chair submission system:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=pcgbook17

or send the abstract to: pcgbook17@easychair.org

Springer-Book-Chapter-Template.

Important Dates

  • February 29, 2016: Proposal Submission Deadline (abstract, max. 1200 words)
  • March 06, 2016: Notification of Proposal Acceptance
  • June 12, 2016: Full Chapter Submission
  • July 24, 2016: Review Results Returned
  • September 25, 2016: Final Chapter Submission
  • October 23, 2016: Final Chapter Acceptance Notification

All submitted chapters are peer-reviewed on a single-blind review basis.
Contributors may also be asked to serve as reviewers.

Tangible and Intuitive Interaction – Video of a Prototype

motionEAP-prototypeAt the University of Stuttgart Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems (VIS) and the Korion GmbH I am part of a team developing the prototype of a new kind of assistive system in the project motionEAP. The prototype combines the 3D-spaces of the depth sensors Kinect and Leap Motion.

It detects individual fingers of both hands and allows to direct processes with simple gestures. Both gestures in space and touch events on the surface of the workspace are detected. At the same time the system allows to project videos or interactive 3D-spaces on any kind of surface.

As an example this allows to zoom or rotate a workpart through simple gestures. In future development iterations we will integrate object detection allowing a context- or product-specific feedback on processes, e.g. in manual assembly. This context-aware feedback is a pre-requisite for the later implementation of gamification components. These will allow to integrate feedback smoothly and least disruptive while motivating the assistive system’s users.

The following video illustrates the prototype’s current features:

Exergames for Elderly Persons: Physical Exercise Software Based on Motion Tracking within the Framework of Ambient Assisted Living

Ser.Games+Virt.Worlds-CoverKorn, Oliver; Brach, Michael; Hauer, Klaus & Unkauf, Sven:
Exergames for Elderly Persons: Physical Exercise Software
Based on Motion Tracking within the Framework of Ambient Assisted Living

In: Bredl, Klaus & Bösche, Wolfgang (eds.):
Serious Games and Virtual Worlds in Education,
Professional Development, and Healthcare
,
chapter 16, Information Science Reference / IGI Global,
Hershey, PA, USA, 2013, 258-268
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3673-6.ch016

Abstract

This chapter introduces the prototype of a software developed to assist elderly persons in performing physical exercises to prevent falls. The result — a combination of sport exercises and gaming — is also called “exergame.” The software is based on research and development conducted within the
“motivotion60+” research project as part of the AAL-program (Ambient Assisted Living).

The authors outline the use of motion recognition and analysis to promote physical activity among elderly people: it allows Natural Interaction (NI) and takes away the conventional controller, which represented a hurdle for the acceptance of technical solutions in the target group; it allows the real-time scaling of the exergame’s difficulty to adjust to the user’s individual fitness level and thus keep motivation up. The authors’ experiences with the design of the exergame and the first results from its evaluation regarding space, interaction, design, effort, and fun, as well as human factors, are portrayed. The authors also give an outlook on what future exergames using motion recognition should look like.

Full Text

http://www.igi-global.com/book/serious-games-virtual-worlds-education/72157

GameDays 2012

3rd International Conference and 8th Science meets Business Workshop on Serious Games for Training, Education, Health and Sports plus 7th International Conference on E-Learning and Games
(organized by the University of Darmstadt)

http://www.gamedays2012.de/

September 18-20, Darmstadt, Germany

Presentation of Paper: Context-sensitive User-centered Scalability: An Introduction Focusing on Exergames and Assistive Systems in Work Contexts

Context-sensitive User-centered Scalability: An Introduction Focusing on Exergames and Assistive Systems in Work Contexts

Korn, Oliver; Brach, Michael; Schmidt, Albrecht; Hörz, Thomas; Konrad, Robert:
Context-sensitive User-centered Scalability: An Introduction Focusing on Exergames and Assistive Systems in Work Contexts

In: Göbel, Stefan; Müller, Wolfgang; Urban, Bodo & Wiemeyer, Josed (eds.): E-Learning and Games for Training, Education, Health and Sports, Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences, vol. 7516, Springer, Berlin 2012, 164-176

Abstract (more…)

Assistive Technologies at Home and in the Workplace – A field of Research for Exercise Science and Human Movement Science

Brach, Michael & Korn, Oliver
Assistive Technologies at Home and in the Workplace –
A field of Research for Exercise Science and Human Movement Science

In: European Review on Aging an Physical Activity,  2012

http://www.springerlink.com/content/8153606317wr89r4/

Fulltext-PDF: Brach+Korn_2012_Assistive_Technologies_at_Home_and_in_the_Workplace

DOI 10.1007/s11556-012-0099-z

 

Development of a Computer-animated System for Strength- and Balance-Training for the Elderly in the Project Motivotion60+

Brach, Michael; Hauer, Klaus; Korn, Oliver; Konrad, Robert; Unkauf, Sven; Göbel, Stefan:
Development of a Computer-animated  System for Strength- and Balance-Training for the Elderly in the Project Motivotion60+
In: Proceedings of the AAL-Congress, Berlin 2012

Abstract (more…)

Modern Principles of Training in Exergames for Sedentary Seniors: Requirements and Approaches for Sport and Exercise Sciences

Brach, Michael; Hauer, Klaus; Rotter, Lisa; Korn, Oliver; Konrad, Robert; Göbel, Stefan:
Modern Principles of Training in Exergames for Sedentary Seniors: Requirements and Approaches for Sport and Exercise Sciences
In: International Journal of Computer Science in Sport (IJCSS), vol. 11, Wien 2012

Abstract (more…)