A team of researchers from RMIT University are making waves in the world of interactive gaming.
RMIT Exertion Games Lab researchers recently presented at two renowned Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) conferences held in Canada.
The team presented papers at both the 2014 Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS) in Vancouver and the prestigious 2014 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) in Toronto.
The Exertion Games Lab researchers had the largest Australian contingent at CHI 2014, which attracted over 3,000 participants.
All of the lab's submissions to CHI - one of the highest ranked international computer science conferences in the world - have since been published in the conference proceedings.
The team's research draws from streams such as interaction design, human-computer interaction and games research while focusing on interactive play and the active human body.
Exertion Games Lab Director, Associate Professor Florian "Floyd" Mueller, said the group's presentation of 21 submissions, including four full papers, at the CHI conference was highly successful and a great honour.
"CHI is widely considered the most prestigious conference in the field of human-computer interaction," he said.
"This is the Exertion Games Lab's biggest achievement to date and a major milestone for RMIT University."
Conference host ACM is a not-for-profit professional membership group and the world's largest scientific and educational computing society, with around 100,000 members.
Nine members of the Exertion Games Lab presented 21 submissions at CHI 2014:
- Rohit Khot presented his full PhD research paper alongside an interactivity exhibit with assistance from Jeewon Lee. Mr Khot was also a finalist in the video showcase.
- Jayden Garner presented his full honours research paper alongside an interactivity exhibit and was also a finalist in the student game competition.
- Betty Sargeant presented her research on children's book applications in the interactivity track.
- Rich Byrne and Chad Toprak presented their contributions to the GameJam [4Research] workshop, co-organised by Robert Cercos.
- Josh Andres presented his work in the Human Computer Interaction and Sports workshop.
- Robert Cercos and William Goddard conducted CHI's first ever BMX stunt-show, supported by research assistants Eric Favot and Taylor Rizzi, showcasing Wouter Walmink's LumaHelm.
A team of Exertion Games Lab researchers also presented at the renowned DIS conference in Vancouver.
Researchers Jayden Garner, Rohit Khot, David Altimira, Amani Naseem and Associate Professor Mueller presented their research paper Proxemics Play: Understanding Proxemics for Designing Digital Play Experiences.
The paper was co-authored with collaborators from the Dresden University of Technology, Germany, the University of Calgary, Canada, the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and the University of Oldenburg, Germany.
The paper presents strategies on how sensing capabilities could engage players with proxemics, or non-verbal communication.
"This is another important paper and another example of the international collaborations taking place in our lab," Associate Professor Mueller said.
"International recognition, particularly at important conferences such as CHI and DIS is a reflection of the hard work, passion and dedication our lab members demonstrate."
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