Exploring complex data sets using highly engaging environments

This project addressed the challenging problems of using online environments to offer advice relating to complex sets of data.

Project overview

The challenge is to maintain a user’s engagement in the system long enough to explore possible outcomes in a system that is not completely deterministic and offers no single right answer. The approach used knowledge of engagement and flow to produce and evaluate a prototype application to help students explore the range of subject offerings that might be suitable to them at this university. Linguistic analysis was used by the system to help determine a suitable range of outputs that mapped onto an individual’s interests.

The research drew on issues related to affective computing, engagement, flow and interactivity.

Project team

Funding source

The University of Melbourne