A CSIM thesis has
won the award for Best Master Thesis in the topic of human computer interaction. The contest was
held by AIPO, the Association for Human-Computer Interaction (Asociación Interacción
Persona-Ordenador), an organization which aims to promote and disseminate activities and research
related to human computer interaction in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. The prize will be
awarded at the AIPO Interacción 2016 conference
in Salamanca in September, where the author has been invited to present her work.
The thesis project,
Ciera Crowell and supervised by
Joan Mora Guiard and
, focused on the experimental design and data analysis of a full-body interactive
environment created to foster socialization among children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The
project, called Lands of Fog, was based around the affinity towards technology shown by individuals
with autism and the lack of technological intervention aids that allow children the opportunity to
practice socialization with a partner in a in a fun and
comfortable environment. The author is now continuing research in ICT and children with autism in
her doctorate studies in the CMTECH lab at UPF.
about the project may be found at the project website, http://inautistic.upf.edu.