Friday 27th Jan 2012 – Dr Judy Robertson

Dr Judy Robertson, Mr Andrew MacVean – Heriot-Watt University

Lessons Learned from a Preliminary Study of an Exergame for
children

With evermore children in the Western world adopting a sedentary
lifestyle, there is an increased emphasis towards physical activity
interventions. Thanks to progressions in ubiquitous technologies,
exergames, games that facilitate and encourage exercise, have emerged as
a potential means to motivate children to exercise in a context they
find both familiar and enjoyable. While early research has shown the
potential of the genre, few games have been designed specifically with
children in mind, accommodating their unique demands. In our work, we
aim to close this gap by investigating how children react to, and make
use of an exergame designed specifically with them in mind. The aim is
to understand how different demographics of children (gender, gaming
background, exercise background, etc) react to a location-aware
exergame, in order to in the future build more accurate adaptive
exergames, suitable for the specific requirements of children users. In
this talk we present the first step towards this, the results of a
preliminary study on our location-aware exergame – iFitQuest. Our
results show early insight into how different users react to our game,
and provide lessons on how to approach the design task.

Dr Judy Robertson is a senior lecturer in Computer Science at
Heriot-Watt University. She has thirteen years experience in designing
software with and for children, particularly in the domain of game based
learning. For more information see: http://judyrobertson.typepad.com

School of Computing, Robert Gordon University, St Andrew Street, Aberdeen, Lecture Room C48, 14:15 – 15:15.

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One Response to Friday 27th Jan 2012 – Dr Judy Robertson

  1. Reblogged this on Daniel C. Doolan's News Updates and commented:
    Our first IDEAS Research Seminar for 2012 took place today at St Andrew Street, C48 14:15 to 15:15. The invited speakers Dr Judy Robertson & Mr Andrew MacVean from Heriot-Watt University talked about the research they are doing in the area of Exergames.

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