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MSU CSE Colloquium Series 2014-2015: Taiwoo Park Title:  Creating Life-immersive Applications: Transforming Solitary Exercises into Social Exergames

Taiwoo Park
Assistant Professor
Department of Media and Information
Michigan State University

Time: October 3rd 2014, 11:00am
Location: EB 3105


Sports are entertaining and engaging means to improve people’s athletic abilities and physical condition. However, it is difficult for many people to engage in such social sports frequently. I first introduce the vision of pervasive social exergames, allowing exercisers to freely meet and play exergames, which offers fun and enjoyable in-game interactions online. To realize this vision, I present three major approaches in (1) designing fun and interactive in-game social interaction based on popular exercises, (2) prototyping and evaluating exercise device-based game controllers, and (3) employing heterogeneous exercises in one game to maximize exercisers' opportunities to play games together. If time permits, I will share my experiences and lessons obtained from creating life-immersive applications using ubiquitous and mobile technology.


Taiwoo Park is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. He obtained his Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). His research interests include designing novel exergames, evaluating in-game user experiences, and developing mobile and pervasive applications as well as supporting platforms.


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