Exertion Games Lab

PAX Australia

Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller speaks on a panel at PAX Australia, on “Videogames are Good For You (and other ridiculous ideas)” organized by our friends from the Young and Well CRC. If you like the indie games at PAX, you’ll love the games at Hovergarden the next day, Monday, 22 July 2013.

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Cart-Load-O-Fun in Sydney

Chad presented his Cart-Load-O-Fun public transport game in Sydney, Australia, on the train as part of CUSP’s design exhibition at the Casula Powerhouse, run by the Australian Design Centre and supported by the Australian Government and the Sydney train authority. A nice write-up is here.

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On the RMIT homepage

We are on the RMIT homepage (again), this time with our success at CHI: “Work from RMIT University’s Exertion Games Lab has been featured widely in a prestigious conference in Paris.” rmit.edu.au (direct link)

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2 more publications: Ubicomp’13

2 more publications for the Exertion Games Lab: Amy, Alan and Rohit are going to Ubicomp, the premier conference in the field of ubiquitous and pervasive computing. Acceptance rate was 18%. Amy also received a travel award, and Rohit was accepted to the doctoral consortium.

Huggard, A., De Mel, A., Garner, J., Toprak, C., Chatham, A., Mueller, F. 2013. Musical Embrace: Exploring Social Awkwardness in Digital Games. Ubicomp 2013. Note. 4 pages. Video.

Chatham, A., Mueller, F. 2013. Adding an Interactive Display to a Public Basketball Hoop can Motivate Players and Foster Community. Ubicomp 2013. Long paper. 10 pages. Video.

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CUSP – Designing into the Next Decade opening tonight

CUSP – Designing in the Next Decade is a touring exhibit showcasing the work of 12 designers curated by Object, the Australian Design Centre. Tonight is the opening night in Sydney’s Casula Powerhouse, and the video below profiles one of the 12 “currently emerging and established practitioners working today”, Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller. 

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Sarah speaking at the 24th Symposium on Space Activity and Society

Sarah will be speaking at the IAC 2013, the 64th International Astronautical Congress, 24th Symposium on Space Activity and Society in Beijing, China.

Here is the associated publication:

Pell & Mueller (2013) Designing mixed gravity exertion games for humans in space, IAC 2013 64th International Astronautical Congress, 24th SYMPOSIUM ON SPACE ACTIVITY AND SOCIETY (E5) New architectural, Strategic and Design Approaches to the Future of Human Space Flight (1) Beijing CH

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Sarah speaking at OpenLAB on Sunday

Sarah has been invited to speak at OpenLAB at Media Lab Melbourne, on Sunday 7th of July, 2-5pm on iFloat, iFall, iFly.
Venue: Media Lab Melbourne, 136a Cromwell Street Collingwood.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/470228483068312/
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/0penLAB
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Floyd selected for Cusp Design Exhibition

Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller has been selected as one of 12 designers featured at Cusp, an Australian design exhibition that travels all over the country, organized by the Australian Design Centre. Floyd will present a new version of Hanging off a Bar. The opening night is Friday, 5 July 2013 in Sydney. Here is the press release.

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Rohit’s confirmation talk

Rohit Khot passed his confirmation about Understanding Material Representations of Physical Activity with flying colours, here is the confirmation report and a video of the presentation:

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Research Award – Design

Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller received RMIT’s College of Design and Social Context Research Award in the category “Design”. We believe this is the first time this award was given to gamedesign, which is a great honour.

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Two of our games mentioned in TEDx talk

Vero Vanden Abeele mentions both Cart-Load-O-Fun and Hanging off a Bar in her TEDx talk, drawing on the writing of Goffman, while featuring Chad’s work:

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Chad’s public transport game in the New Scientist!

Chad’s Cart-Load-O-Fun is in the New Scientist, reporting on his work he presented at the Foundation of Digital Games conference (click here for the online version or on the article to see the paper version)!

 

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Two more publications from FDG2013

Chad’s paper on Designing Digital Games for Trams as well as his Doctoral Consortium paper Understanding Digital Play in Moving Spaces have been presented and published at FDG 2013 (Foundations of Digital Games) in Chania, Crete, Greece.

Toprak, C., Platt, J., Ho, H., Mueller, F. 2013. Cart-Load-O-Fun: Designing Digital Games for Trams. FDG 2013. 8 pages.

Toprak, C. 2013. Understanding Digital Play in Moving Spaces. FDG 2013. Doctoral Consortium. 3 pages.

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Honourable Mention from CHI for Sebastiaan’s skateboarding work!

Sebastiaan received an Honourable Mention from CHI 2013 for his skateboarding work, which celebrates that his “4 Design Themes for Skateboarding” is in the top 5% of all submissions at the premier conference in human-computer interaction worldwide. Congratulations!

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Skateboarding talk

Here is Sebastiaan’s excellent talk about “4 Design Themes for Skateboarding” at CHI2013, including a skateboarding trick on stage!

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Convergence exhibit

The Exertion Games Lab’s Tom Penney will present a talk about the lab’s work at the RMIT Convergence exhibit on Sat, 4th May, 1-2pm, Level 4, in the Design Hub. Ruth, Helmut, Robert and Chris will also show Dr. Giggles, Hanging off a Bar and Musical Embrace right after the talk and throughout the day from 10-6pm.

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10 Exertion Games Lab’ers presenting at CHI2013!

CHI 2013, the premier conference in human-computer interaction, with the featured community “Games” this year, is coming up, and we are going with a large group to make a splash and have impact: 10 members of the Exertion Games Lab will be presenting 16 submissions!

We are running a Game Jam as well as a Special Interest Group on Sports and HCI, demonstrate 5 of our games and also have a best paper nomination. Everyone is on the plane to Paris now or already there! We are also having a networking party on Tuesday night with RWTH Aachen to celebrate our success, if you are around, find us at Interactivity and we give you the details!

Paris here we come!

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SIG: HCI with Sports at CHI2013 Tuesday evening: Bring your runners!

We are organizing a Special Interest Group at CHI in Paris: “HCI and Sports”. In keeping with this fun theme, we will be jogging around the conference venue while we discuss interactive technology and sport. We invite you to bring your running gear with you (and any tech like Nike+, Runkeeper, your own prototype, …) and we meet on

Tuesday, 30 Apr, 16:00 in front of room 361.

We’ll be running for approx. 30min and all jogging levels will be catered for!

Abstract:
Recent advances in cheap sensor technology has made technology support for sports and physical exercise increasingly commonplace, which is evident from the growing popularity of heart rate monitors and GPS sports watches. This rise of technology to support sports activities raises many interaction issues, such as how to interact with these devices while moving and physically exerting. This special interest group brings together industry practitioners and researchers who are interested in designing and understanding human-computer interaction where the human is being physically active, engaging in exertion activities. Fitting with the theme, this special interest group will be “run” while running: participants will be invited to a jog together during which we will discuss technology interaction that is specific to being physically active whilst being physically active ourselves.

PDF submission:
HCI with Sports

30sec preview video:

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15 submissions accepted for CHI 2013

15 submissions from the Exertion Games Lab have been accepted for CHI 2013 to be held in Paris, France. David’s work from HitLab NZ that he did in collaboration with us also got accepted, so that makes it 16 submissions overall. This means we go over there with a big group, showing many of our games, and planning on having a big impact on the international research community about the work we are doing in the lab! Congrats to everyone!

All references, PDFs and research videos on our publications page.

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