Designing for Gait Assistance in Parkinson’s Disease

January 14th, 2016 Comments off


The project revolves around the Freezing of Gait (FOG) phenomenon occurring among elderly patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). FOG is the temporary, involuntary inability to move and it can be experienced on turning, in narrow spaces, whilst reaching a destination, and in stressful situations. FOG is one of the most disabling and common mobility disorder in PD, and is usually observed in the advanced stages of the disease (Nieuwboer, 2013). Gait impairment and FOG seriously affect the quality of life of patients as it can lead to an unpredictable loss of control over movement and can result into falls.

… The goal for this project is to combine the established scientific knowledge on FOG and Sensory cueing with an in-depth User Research into the design of an intelligent product/service that can assist a more independent lifestyle for PD patients with FOG symptoms.

J. P. Lammoglia, Designing for Gait Assistance in Parkinson’s Disease, M21 Report, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, 2015.
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An activity theory-based model for serious games analysis and conceptual design

October 28th, 2015 Comments off

There are currently a number of models, frameworks and methodologies for serious games analysis and design that provide useful interpretations of the possibilities and limitations offered by serious games. However, these tools focus mostly on high-level aspects and requirements and do not help understand how such high-level requirements can be concretely satisfied. In this paper, we present a conceptual model, called Activity Theory-based Model of Serious Games (ATMSG), that aims to fill this gap. ATMSG supports a systematic and detailed representation of educational serious games, depicting the ways that game elements are connected to each other throughout the game, and how these elements contribute to the achievement of the desired pedagogical goals. Three evaluation studies indicate that ATMSG helped participants, particularly those with gaming experience, identify and understand the roles of each component in the game and recognize the game’s educational objectives.

M. B. Carvalho, F. Bellotti, R. Berta, A. De Gloria, G. Gazzarata, J. Hu, and M. Kickmeier-Rust, “A case study on Service-Oriented Architecture for Serious Games,” Entertainment Computing, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 1-10, 2015.
DOI: 10.1016/j.entcom.2014.11.001
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Best Poster award of Auto UI 15’ for Chao Wang (DI)

September 30th, 2015 Comments off

2015AutoUI_BestPosterAfter presentation and voting by conventioneers, Chao Wang, PhD Candidate in the DI group, just got the Best Poster award of AutomotiveUI 15’, which is the premier forum for UI research in the automotive domain.

C. Wang, J. Terken, B. Yu, and J. Hu, “Reducing driving violations by receiving feedback from other drivers,” in Adjunct Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 2015, pp. 62-67.
DOI: 10.1145/2809730.2809736
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Supportive Environments

September 28th, 2015 Comments off

by Carlijn Valk. M12 project.

2015-CarlijnValk-SupportiveEnvironmentsElderly people with dementia often suffer from negative feelings such as loneliness and anxiousness due to increased social isolation, and confusion. Design affords us the opportunity to create supportive environments that engage the elderly with dementia in such a way that they are stimulated in a positive way. From my investigations, it is clear that nature and animals have a positive effect on the emotions of residents living in care homes. However, it impossible for care providers to facilitate interactions with animals or nature. To answer this need I wanted to design an immersive experience that suggest a connection to nature for those in the care home that do not have the ability to be in nature due to limited supervision from care takers, limited outside space in urban located homes or mobility challenges.

C. Valk, Supportive Environments, M12 Report, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, 2015.
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Best Full Paper Award: Towards a Service-Oriented Architecture framework for educational serious games, by Maira Carvalho

August 30th, 2015 Comments off

icalt 2015 best paperProducing educational serious games can be costly and time-consuming. The Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach of software development can offer a solution to reduce costs and foment serious games development. In this work, we apply a model called Activity Theory-based Model of Serious Games (ATMSG) for identifying existing relevant components that can be reused for different educational serious games. We apply the derived structure to classify the elements of an existing game and to identify how it can be refactored and expanded following the SOA paradigm.

This work received a best full paper award at the 15th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT2015) in Hualien, Taiwan.

M. B. Carvalho, F. Bellotti, J. Hu, J. B. Hauge, R. Berta, A. D. Gloria, and M. Rauterberg, “Towards a Service-Oriented Architecture Framework for Educational Serious Games,” in Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT), 2015 IEEE 15th International Conference on, 2015, pp. 147-151.
DOI: 10.1109/ICALT.2015.145
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Internet of Things: Social Applications

March 8th, 2015 Comments off

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Interfacing with adaptive systems

March 7th, 2015 Comments off

BY René Ahn, Emilia Barakova, Loe Feijs, Mathias Funk, Jun Hu, Matthias Rauterberg

Interfacing with adaptive systemsWe cast a design view on the interactions that occur when humans face (interconnected) adaptive systems. As humans are also adaptive, the combined behavior of such systems and humans can exhibit various phenomena that are especially of concern to designers of adaptive systems dealing with the inherent complexity of systems, systems’ interfaces, interconnectivity, and other design factors. Based on examples of interactions between humans and systems at different levels of complexity, we propose a hierarchical taxonomy of increasingly complex challenges that system engineers will encounter when designing adaptive systems. Among adaptive systems, the taxonomy distinguishes closed and open systems, embodying processes that are unaware or aware, and finally, friendly and hostile. This taxonomy can be of use in designing these systems and their interfaces, as it helps to categorize the information needs of users. In fact, systems at various levels in the hierarchy need to offer certain cognitive affordances for users to operate these systems successfully. We illustrate how complex the information needs of users in these different situations can be, and formulate emerging design research questions. These could be of particular interest to designers who create intelligent systems, products, and related services in a societal context.

R. Ahn, E. Barakova, L. Feijs, M. Funk, J. Hu, and M. Rauterberg, “Interfacing with adaptive systems,” Automation, Control and Intelligent Systems, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 53-61, 2014.
DOI: 10.11648/j.acis.20140204.12
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Social Things

February 15th, 2015 Comments off

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Internet of Screens

January 26th, 2015 Comments off

InternetofScreensSharing digital media has become second nature for most of us. Throughout the day, we interact a lot with media in the cloud without even noticing it. The cloud has become an essential part of our workflows, but not of our natural behavior. The goal of the project was to share and interact with digital media in the cloud in such a way, that it becomes an integral part of our daily routines. ‘Unify’ aims to link our smart devices together, to make them truly an extension of each other. By knowing the relative position to other devices, we are able to connect them in a much more intuitive way. For example, you can share your digital music with someone else in a physical way by just swiping a song. Magical and meaningful interactions do appear by blending the digital and physical design space.

S. Zoontjens, Internet of Screens, M22 Report, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, 2015.

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All about UX

January 20th, 2015 Comments off

An interesting website:

“ provides information about user experience (UX). The information on this site is collected from the UX community and is created and maintained by volunteers.”

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