Digital Interventions talk

Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller is giving a talk on “Bodily Digital Play” in the Digital Interventions seminar series on 24 July 2013, 4pm, in the Design Research Institute: “DIGITAL INTERVENTIONS explores how digital media, methods and practice are participating in contemporary and emergent processes of change.” Details here.


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.


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.


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


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.


Skateboarding talk

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


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.


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!


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!

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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