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Advancement: Play, Games, and a Healthier Tomorrow: Approaches for Creating Health Systems

Speaker Name: 
Jared Duval
Speaker Title: 
PhD Student
Start Time: 
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 10:00am
End Time: 
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 11:30am
Engineering 2, Room 475

Abstract:  Games and play have the potential to offer people with disabilities a cost-effective, personalized, data-driven, connected, and motivating context for otherwise tedious and repetitive healing. The paramount challenge in creating playful health structures and games is creating a motivating experience with mechanics that translate into improved health outcomes—a wicked problem. To this end, I use research through design to explore multiple approaches to the co-creation of games and play with various populations, including children with speech impairments, adults with developmental disabilities, children with Sensory-Based Motor Disorder (SBMD), and stroke survivors. I have collaborated on 4 design journeys, which serve as case studies where I explore identifying best practices, unique insights, and suggestions for future creators. Specifically, I discuss game-first versus therapy-first approaches, closed-game systems versus more open-e! nded playful systems, and potential future research directions. To date, I have found that sensing algorithms used in therapy games can be overly critical and frustrating for some players due to limitations of technology and diverse player abilities. I explore providing the benefits of wizard of oz to third party family members, medical practitioners, and caretakers by allowing them to override system choices and sensing limitations—creating a broader magic circle and new social affordances.  I plan to chase playful potentials that arise when different stakeholders control my designs to augment new social abilities. My dissertation will provide reflections on each of the design journeys, the use of wizard of oz as a deployed design feature, play that informed my designs, and how social play enriches the healing experience. 

Event Type: 
Sri Kurniawan & Katherine Isbister
Graduate Program: 
Computational Media PhD