Posts Tagged ‘serious game’

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

Gamification of a Workday. A Study on the Effects in Sheltered Employment

By Oliver on February 9th, 2016 in assistive systems, conferences, gamification, HCI, publications

Korn, Oliver; Lang, Johannes; Korge, Andreas; Causegic, Haris; Schmidt, Albrecht:

Gamification of a Workday. A Study on the Effects in Sheltered Employment

CHI-16-LBW-gamification-workdayIn: CHI ’16 Extended Abstracts of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2016
DOI = 10.1145/2851581.2892283

Abstract

Gamification implies the application of methods and design patterns from gaming to non-gaming areas like learning or working. We applied an existing gamification design to production processes in an organization which provides sheltered employment for impaired persons.

In contrast to existing work, we investigated not only a short period but a complete workday to measure the effects on the performance of impaired workers.

The study indicates that gamification has
(1) a negative effect on workers with considerable cognitive impairments,
(2) no measurable effect on workers with medium cognitive impairments and
(3) a positive effect on workers with mild cognitive impairments.

PresentationCHI4good

This work will be presented at CHI ’16 (May 7-12) in San Jose, California, USA.

Gamification of Business Processes: Re-Designing Work in Production and Service Industry

Korn, Oliver; Schmidt, Albrecht:
Gamification of Business Processes: Re-Designing Work in Production and Service Industry

In: Procedia Manufacturing, 2015 [to be published]
DOI = 10.1016/j.promfg.2015.07.616

AbstractGamification-in-Production

In this work we provide an overview of gamification, i.e. the application of methods from game design to enrich non-gaming processes. The contribution is divided into five subsections: an introduction focusing on the progression of gamification through the hype cycle in the recent years (1), a brief introduction to gamification mechanics (1) and an overview of the state of the art in established areas (3). The focus is a discussion of more recent attempts of gamification in service and production (4). We also discuss the ethical implications (5) and the future perspectives (6)
of gamified business processes.

Gamification has been successfully applied in the domains education (serious games) and health (exergames) and is spreading to other areas. In recent years there have been various attempts to “gamify” business processes. While the first efforts date back as far as the collection of miles in frequent flyer programs, we will portray some of the more recent and comprehensive software-based approaches in the service industry, e.g. the gamification of processes in sales and marketing. We discuss their accomplishments as well as their social and ethical implications. Finally a very recent approach is presented: the application of gamification in the domain of industrial production. We discuss the special requirements in this domain and the effects on the business level and on the users. We conclude with a prognosis on the future development of gamification.

Presentation

This work will be presented at the AHFE 2015, the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics within the conference track: 3rd International Conference on Human Side of Service Engineering

Invited Talk @ GamEconomy

By Oliver on May 9th, 2013 in conferences

gameconomy-2013On June 7th I will be at the Stuttgart Media University (Wolframstraße 32, 70191 Stuttgart) giving the following talk:

From Applied Games to Augmented Reality:
Gaming Elements in the Industry

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…)

EICS ’12 Conference


The fourth ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems
organizedy by the IT University of Copenhagen

http://eics-conference.org/2012/index.html

June 25–28, Copenhagen, Denmark

Presentation of Paper: Industrial Playgrounds. How Gamification Helps to Enrich Work for Elderly or Impaired Persons in Production

Industrial Playgrounds. How Gamification Helps to Enrich Work for Elderly or Impaired Persons in Production


Korn, Oliver:
Industrial Playgrounds. How Gamification Helps to Enrich Work for Elderly or Impaired Persons in Production
In: Proceedings of the 4th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems, ACM, New York, 2012, 313-316
DOI:10.1145/2305484.2305539

Abstract

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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