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Master: What can games teach us about the design of the industrial metaverse? A systematic analysis of design principles in computer games to support dynamic decision making in 3D worlds
Kontakt: Benedikt Morschheuser
Bachelor/Master: Archetypes of gameful radicalisation and extremism in the metaverse: A systematic analysis of user-generated games
Kontakt: Benedikt Morschheuser
Bachelor/Master: Empathizing with an Embodied Social Robot: An Empirical Investigation of the Effects of Perspective Switching on AI Technology Acceptance
Recently there is an increasing importance of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics in organizations and everyday life, but existing barriers prevent the widespread adoption of AI. Human-robot interaction (HRI) is widely used in industrial applications, e.g., picking and placing in production lines. So far, the market for personal domestic and service robots, or social robots, is comparably small. During the Covid-19 pandemic, quarantine measures, contact restrictions, and home office have led to increased social isolation. Social isolation is a risk factor for loneliness and impairing mental health. Thus, domestic and social robots will likely become increasingly prevalent and penetrate our everyday lives. Engaging with social robots can potentially prevent or at least minimize these negative consequences.
In this thesis/project, you will investigate the impact of a perspective switching intervention with an embodied social robot on the technology acceptance and perceptions of people. The candidate may use an existing research model and study design that has already been developed in a previous study. Certainly, ideas for adaptions to either the research model or experimental design are welcome. Key constructs of interest will be incorporated from the Technology Acceptance Model by Davis, but also other related dependent variables, such as anxiety, perceived enjoyment, and perceived sociability. Having investigated technology acceptance at the example of the virtual social robot GateBox before, we now strive to build on our promising results and study the effects of taking the perspective with a physical embodied social robot.
By measuring the constructs before and after the exercise, the student is expected to determine what impact perspective switching has on the technology acceptance of state-of-the-art social robots. The results can inspire the design and implementation of future HRI systems.
The ideal candidate is interested in Artificial Intelligence and HRI and eager to learn more about social robots. The student will be responsible for the data collection and data analysis. Thus, basic skills in descriptive and inferential statistics are expected. Besides, candidates with enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research at the intersection of psychology and technology are preferred. We would like to highlight that this thesis is an excellent opportunity to gain visibility in the HRI research community. Also, there is the option to coauthor scientific papers with the chair, as have done students in the past. This project does not require any programming skills or expertise in software engineering.
Kontakt: Maximilian Wittmann
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- Gamification, Exergames und Motivational Design
- (Team-) Sport
- Quantified Self
- Gamification, Game-based Learning
- Green Information Systems
- Employee Motivation, Engagement
Abgeschlossene Arbeiten und Themen in Bearbeitung
|Master||How to onboard the user? A study on designing fun on the first click
Game-Designer haben es perfektioniert Nutzer digitaler Spiele bereits ab dem ersten Klick zu begeistern. Dieses Wissen kann auch außerhalb von Spielen die Annahme digitaler Services unterstützen und optimieren. Im Rahmen des Serious-Game „INFLAMMANIA“ möchten wir verschiedene Onboarding-Ansätze erproben und Design-Wissen für die Gestaltung von effektiveren Lern-Spielen erarbeiten. Inflammania ist ein Lernspiel, in dem Entzündungen bei chronischen Erkrankungen bekämpft werden.
Ziel dieser Arbeit
|L. Liu||Benedikt Morschheuser||2.12.2022|
|Bachelor||Designing Experiments in Roblox||D. Lam||Benedikt Morschheuser||28.09.2022|
|Bachelor||Gaming meets Mobility: Gamification in proprietary innovation of the automotive industry
This bachelor thesis presents an overview on the use of gamification in proprietary innovation of the automotive industry based on a structured literature review in the database Espacenet of the European patent
|M. te Lake||Benedikt Morschheuser||06.08.2021|
|Bachelor||Creators of the Metaverse – Who are they and what drives them to build virtual worlds?
Using qualitative interviews with N=14 participants, this thesis examines who creates content in the metaverse and what reasons and motives drive content creators.
|M. Bitz||Benedikt Morschheuser||25.04.2022|
|Master WING Projektarbeit||Does adaptive gamification increase motivation and participation in gamified crowdsourcing? An experiment in a text-based adventure game for collecting handwriting data
In collaboration with the STABILO International GmbH, we developed a text-based adventure for the STABILO DigiPen and empirically evaluated whether personalized gamification experience produce better outcomes in gamified crowdsourcing compared to one-size-fits-all approaches.
|M. Weber||Benedikt Morschheuser||31.3.2022|
|Bachelor||The intrinsic drivers of content creators in the Metaverse – a quantitative study
This thesis examines the intrinsic motivations of content creators related to word of mouth (WOM) and the intention to continue creating content on and for the Metaverse platform Roblox. The results are compared to the findings of previous studies of content creators of Web 2.0 platforms. Data for this study was collected using an online survey of 50 content creators of Roblox and was analyzed using structural equation modeling in SmartPLS. Based on the uses and gratifications theory (U&G), the study provides first insights of a quantitative approach exploring the intrinsic motivations of people creating for the Metaverse Roblox, trying to build the most renowned virtual 3D worlds and games, meet people or to hang out.
|F. Feldmeier||Benedikt Morschheuser||30.3.2022|
|Bachelor||Gamified Cycling: A literature review and future agenda||F. Gast||Benedikt Morschheuser||29.9.2022|
|Master||Perspective Switching in Human-AI Teaming – An Empirical Investigation of the Effects of Perspective Switching on AI Technology Acceptance
Recently there is an increasing importance of AI and Robotics in organizations and everyday life, but existing barriers prevent the widespread adoption of AI. Human-Robot-Interaction is widely used in industrial applications, e.g., picking and placing in production lines. So far, the market for personal domestic and service robots, or social robots, is comparably small. Still, mainly domestic and social robots will likely become increasingly prevalent and penetrate our everyday lives. During the Covid-19 pandemic, quarantine measures, contact restrictions, and home office have led to increased social isolation. Social isolation is a risk factor for loneliness and impairing mental health. The use of social robots can potentially prevent or at least minimize these negative consequences. In this master thesis, we investigate the impact of an audio-visual perspective switching exercise on the technology acceptance of a social robot measured by the Technology Acceptance Model by Davis. We also incorporate other related constructs, such as anxiety, perceived enjoyment, and perceived sociability. As a social robot for the experiment, we chose the so-called Gatebox, which is developed and manufactured by the Japanese tech company Vinclu. Gatebox is a virtual home robot that accompanies its owner in everyday life. Azuma Hikari represents an AI assistant; she not only communicates with her voice but is a holographically depicted anime girl who inhabits the Gatebox. In times of a global pandemic and increasing social isolation, the Gatebox is not only a home assistant that is supposed to make everyday life easier but also a social robot companion with which the user lives together. By measuring the constructs before and after the exercise, we would like to determine what impact Perspective Switching has on technology acceptance. The results can inspire the design and implementation of future HRI/HAI systems.
|L. Köhler||Maximilian Wittmann||4.10.2022|
|Master||Gamification in Inbound Logistics – master thesis in cooperation with Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG||J. Steif||Benedikt Morschheuser||13.2.2023|
|Master WING Projektarbeit||Gamification in performance diagnostics and training of team sports||G. Sußner||Benedikt Morschheuser||13.5.2023|
|Bachelor||Creators of the Metaverse: Why people build virtual worlds in their spare time – a quantitative study||T. Müller||Benedikt Morschheuser||28.3.2023|
|Master||Perspective Switching in Human-AI Teaming
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is considered as one of the most important enablers of industry 4.0. Thanks to increasing computing power and the availability of large amounts of valuable data, AI can be used on a large scale in the manufacturing industry. AI can be perceived in different forms. It can have a physical representation. One example are AI-powered robots on the shop floor that are responsible for assembly tasks. But it can also be invisible and embedded in software, such as predictive maintenance software. However, there is still a long way to go before AI is implemented from pilot projects into practice, because there are several obstacles to the introduction of AI-based systems. One main obstacle is people’s lack of trust in AI. This may be due to cognitive barriers. Powerful AI uses complex algorithms. Ordinary users, however, often perceive AI as a “black box” because it is difficult to comprehend an AI’s decision making. In addition, emotional barriers exist. These barriers include, for instance, the fear of being replaced by a robot. To overcome this impediment, a concept from recent research in game design seems very promising, namely perspective switching. Game developers implement elements of perspective switching between human players and Non-Player-Characters (NPC) to improve cooperation and trust. In this way, the NPC can be viewed as a team member rather than a mere tool. Implementing perspective switching as a design pattern is also powerful to elicit feelings towards NPCs as it can help human players to identify and sympathize more easily with the NPC. We will apply this concept to human-AI-interaction in the manufacturing industry to assess if it is possible to achieve the same effect as in the game industry. To carry out this study, a game prototype will first be developed in Roblox, in which the player and a cooperative robot work together to complete tasks on the shopfloor of a manufacturing facility. The unique feature of the game is the player’s ability to switch perspective with the robot. Our research model is based on the Technology Acceptance Model by Davis. To test our hypotheses and investigate the impact of perspective switching on employees’ attitudes toward AI, experiments will be conducted with a few voluntary participants. Pre- and post-game survey data will be collected and analyzed using statistical software. The insights of this work can inspire the design of future human-AI-cooperation scenarios in a manufacturing environment.
|R. Xie||Maximilian Wittmann|
|Master||Designing and understanding the effects of gamified VR training on human-robot teaming||M. Weber||Benedikt Morschheuser||4.10.2022|
|Master||Women in game design: How does game design target actual cross-pressure topics in religion and how would we design and counter such issues?||H. Qarani||Benedikt Morschheuser||2.03.2023|
|Master||How to gamify football training? An explorative analysis of user demands and synthesis of design patterns||L. Steinkamp||Benedikt Morschheuser||23.6.2023|
|Master||Privacy in the metaverse||S. Fang Chen||Benedikt Morschheuser|
|Master||Gameful crisis preparedness
In recent years, it has been established that video games can be used for more than entertainment: As spaces of meaning-making and make-belief, they allow people to explore who they want to be, engage in deep introspection and learn new skills.
We are looking for a motivated master student to conduct a scoping review that explores how games can support people to prepare themselves for disasters—physically, mentally, and emotionally.This work will be undertaken in collaboration with the Gamification Group, at Tampere University, Finland and (co-)supervised by Dr Velvet Spors and can be combined with studying in Finland for a semester.
|C. Wüllner||Benedikt Morschheuser|
|Master||Gamification of team sports: Impact of using gamification elements on group dynamics in football||R. Rehm||Sandra Birnstiel|
|Master||Avatarize Your Quantified Self: Exploring the Impact of Avatar Identification on Football Self-Efficacy||S. Reiß||Sandra Birnstiel|
|Master||Can curiosity-focused gamification increase user engagement? An empirical study in the context of corporate innovation management||A. Hollendonner||Benedikt Morschheuser|
|Master||Gamification in Sports – Examining the needs of different athletes
Gamification can improve performance in sport and also make sport more fun by meeting the needs of athletes. But what are the needs of different athletes? Do individual and team athletes have the same needs? And what about people who don’t play sport at all?To answer these questions, a study will be designed, carried out and evaluated.
|J. Balint||Sandra Birnstiel|
|Master||Privacy in the metaverse||S. Merk||Benedikt Morschheuser|
|Master||Inflammania 3D – How to design metaverse games for learning?
||A. Kwiatek||Benedikt Morschheuser|
|Bachelor||Wie gehen Unternehmen mit den ethischen Herausforderungen von Gamification um?||D. Büttner||Gürtler, Christian