Fares Kayali (Priv.-Doz. DI Dr.) is a researcher, educator and designer living and working in Vienna, Austria. He works as an assistant professor at the Human-Computer Interaction Group at the Vienna University of Technology. There he is co-founder of the Positive Impact Games Lab and principal investigator of a number of projects situated at the intersection of design, people and technology. Fares holds a habilitation in didactics from the University of Applied Arts Vienna and also lectures there regularly. His research interests are situated in informatics, didactics, arts and HCI with a broad spectrum covering teacher education and digital learning, health care technology, game design and gamification, as well as music computing and interactive art. Fares has presented his work in highly regarded academic publications and international conferences such as CHI, CHI Play, DiGRA, GDC, GLS, Ars Electronica, Games for Health and Entertainment Computing. His works have won or been nominated for high-profile industry and creative awards such as Games for Change, IndieCade, the Independent Games Festival, Europrix, eAward and Occursus.
Play Bionic – Game design for neuromuscular prosthesis training
The interdisciplinary lecture discusses the use of games in neuromuscular prosthesis training. Often prosthesis users abandon their devices due to difficulties in prosthesis control and lack of motivation to train. To properly control a prosthesis, amputation patients must learn how to activate, isolate and sustain nerve signals to the muscles left at the stump. Results of clinical validations show that game-based training leads to an improvement in clinical parameters for prosthesis control and patient engagement. The presentation is held as a playful dialogue between a clinician and a game researcher and highlights tangible insights into game design and clinical application.