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Quality and Usability Seminar

(2 SWS/3 LP; SoSe/WiSe mit wechselndem Thema)
LV-Nummer: 0434 L 905
Zeit: Montags 16:00-18:00, erstmals am 24.04.
Raum: Auditorium 1/2, Geb. TEL 20. Etage 


Topic 1: Gamification (Babak Naderi, Steven Schmidt, Saman Zadtootaghaj: Auditorium 1)

Sprache: English

The question how to motivate individuals to use and keep using a particular service by increasing their engagement is a hot topic in the field of Human Computer Interaction. Gamification, the application of game elements and game design in a non-game context, is becoming popular due to the fact that it is grounded on satisfaction of basic human needs of competence, autonomy and relatedness

In this seminar the goal is to learn and understand from entertaining games what aspects can be transformed to a gamified system, in different domains like work, sport healthcare, and how to evaluate the success of gamified experiences.   

As gamification is about fun and engagement, we are looking for highly motivated students who want to have fun and make awesome research! Candidates needs to have passion for the topic.

 List of potential topics in this seminar:

  • Difference of games and task-directed applications
  • Quality of Experience in gaming
  • Influencing factors
  • Motivation and User Classification
  • Self-determination theory
  • Entertainment games, gamified systems and serious gaming
  • Gamification in different domains
  • Evaluation of gaming services and gamified systems

Tasks and additional Information:

  • The number of participants is limited to 15
  • Each participant will first work on a chosen topic including literature research, presentation and report
  • In the second part of the seminar a paper prototyping of a gamified system (e.g., fitness or healthcare domain) will be developed in a group


Topic 2: Text-To-Speech Technology (Benjamin Weiss: Auditorium 2)

Sprache: English

This course is a lecture with additional hands-on exercises on text-to-speech technology. Homework will be reading of excerpts from Taylor (2009): Text-to-Speech Synthesis, Cambrige. and assignments related to the exercise parts. Major topics

  • Linguistic preprocessing
  • Prosody generation
  • Recordings and signal representation for TTS
  • The role of Classification And Regression Trees (CARTs) and Artificial Neural Networks (ANN)
  • Synthesis approaches

    • Formant synthesis
    • Diphone concatenation
    • Unit-selection
    • HMM synthesis




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