Informatics PhD Students Design Interactive System for Learning Tai Chi for EPSY/ INFO 590 Course

Kyungho Lee and Yishuo Liu, both Informatics PhD Students, presented their educational interactive system for learning Tai Chi at the EPSY/ INFO 590 Open House and Demo Day, on May 6, 2015 in the IDEALL Lab. Their interactive system is based on user engagement theory, the use of full body interaction technology, and the metaphorical visualization to realize it.  The user can see the model gestures represented by the abstract skeleton visualization so that they can focus on the movement itself. The system provides an automatic evaluation process and gives instant feedback by using audio components, as well as visual elements (e.g. flocking visualization).  Kyungho and Yishuo believe that their system has great potential for enhancing physical training, due to the ability to record a motion once and then replay and practice that motion unlimited times.

EPSY/ INFO 590: Engaging and Interactive Educational Technologies, taught by Dr. H. Chad Lane in Spring 2015, focused on recent advances using advanced technologies to promote and sustain learning, both in formal and informal settings. This class will be taught again in Fall 2015, and is open to graduate students from any discipline who are interested in the topic.