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Guest Lectures by Katrin Angerbauer and Markus Wieland

Join us for two engaging guest lectures by Katrin Angerbauer and Markus Wieland on 22.02.2024 at 11am in our VR Lab.

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First "Kaminabend" at Real-World Lab Accessibility

We are delighted to be hosting the first "Kaminabend" (fireside evening) in the Real-World Lab Accessibility on 17.01.2024, which will be accompanied by a special guest: Prof. Dr. Maria Rauschenberger.

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Official Opening of the New Building

On November 9th, 2023, our new building (InformatiKOM II) was officially opened with an opening ceremony in the InformatiKOM I building which was also opened. We are still happy to welcome you to our new offices!

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New Position Paper at CHI PLAY

We are glad to share that our position paper "Vulnerability and Play: Exploring the Mundane Ways in Which Games Might Harm Players" was accepted at this year's CHI PLAY symposium. The paper explores the relationship between vulnerability, game design, and mundane types of play.

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IDC Retreat in Venice

Participating in IDC Venice 2023 was both productive and inspiring. We engaged with brilliant minds, explored new research documentation horizons, and showcased our promising PhD projects. Excited for further engagement with the academic community and ongoing exploration of innovative ideas, methods, and tools for research advancement.

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New Poster at ASSETS 2023

We are happy to announce that the poster "Game-based Powered Wheelchair Skills Training: Examining Tensions Between Player Engagement and Therapeutic Requirements" was accepted to be presented at the forthcoming ASSETS conference. You can read more about the research in this PDF.

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ERC Starting Grants 2023: AccessVR – Accessible Virtual Reality

We are excited to share that Prof. Dr. Kathrin Gerling is one of the 400 researchers that will receive an ERC Starting Grant. You can read more about her project as it is featured in the list five of examples for early career researchers that receive this funding.

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Our Move to the New Building

Last week we moved to the new InformatiKOM II. We are happy to announce that from now on, we can welcome you in this accessible building at Adenauerring 10, 76131 Karlsruhe.

The Campus Map (Campus South) shows the location of the building on the KIT campus. If you have further questions about your visit here, for example regarding accessibility, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Workshop: Tackling the Lack of a Practical Guide in Disability-Centered Research

Prof. Dr. Kathrin Gerling will be co-organizing the online workshop "Tackling the Lack of a Practical Guide in Disability-Centered Research" at  the ASSETS conference this year. For those who are interested, please visit the workshop's website for more information aout the content and how to participate.

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New Publication: Performance and Pleasure: Exploring the Perceived Usefulness and Appeal of Physical Activity Visualizations with Older Adults

We are happy to announce that Dr. Dimiri Vargemidis's paper "Performance and Pleasure: Exploring the Perceived USefulness and Appeal of Physical Activity Data Visualizations with Older Adults" was published in Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS).

You can view the paper on the journal website.

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New Publication: Technology-Centric Real-World Labs:

We are happy to share that our publication "Technology-Centric Real-World Labs: Challenges and Opportunities for a New Mode of Participatory Research From the Perspective of Computer Science" was accepted at the Mensch und Computer Conference 2023.

You can read the paper via this library.

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New Publication: 3, 2, 1 Start with Breastfeeding: Supporting Partner Involvement in Breastfeeding Education Through a Gamified Mobile App

We are happy to share that the last piece of Dr. Kymeng Tang's PhD research, "3, 2, 1 Start with Breastfeeding: Supporting Partner Involvement in Breastfeeding Education Through a Gamified Mobile App" will be presented at the Mensch und Computer Conference 2023 in Rapperswil, Switzerland.

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New Publication: A Systematic Literature Review of Social Gaming

Our literarture review (led by the Tech & People Lab at the University of Lisbon) was published in Computers in Human Behaviour. Aou can view the paper on the journal website.

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PhD Defense: Congratulations Dr. Vargemidis

On June 1st, Dimitri Vargemidis successfully defended his PhD entitled "Accessible Activity Tracking to Support Physical Activity Among Older Adults". Congratulations, Dr. Vargemidis - you'll be missed!

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Workshop: Designing Technology for Neurodivergent Self-Determination at Interact 2023

We will be co-organizing the workshop "Designing Technology for Neurodivergent Self-Determination: Challenges and Opportunities" at Interact 2023, which takes place in York, UK, from August 28th to September 1st.

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Research Talk: Dr. Velvet Spors on Nature in Games

We are pleased to invite you to a research talk by Dr. Velvet Spors, Gamification Group, Tampere University, Finland, on Thursday, May 11th at 1:30 pm. In their talk, they will discuss the relationship between humans, nature, and digital games.

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Honorable Mention Award at CHI 2023

We are happy to share that our paper "An Examination of Motivation in Physical Therapy Through the Lens of Self-Determination Theory: Implications for Game Design" received an honorable mention award at CHI 2023. Congratulations to first author Maria Aufheimer!

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