Katharina Spiel

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This paper describes the design work being conducted as part of the OutsideTheBox project. Within the time-frame of eight months, we engaged four children with autism in a participatory design process to develop their own smart object. We re-interpreted Future Workshops and Co-operative Inquiry to demonstrate that a) autistic children can lead processes(More)
Artificial intelligence (AI) game engines have frequently been used to drive computational antagonists when playing games against humans. Limited work exists, however, on using human players' psychophysical measures to directly parametrise AI game engines. Instead, parameters to optimise AI performance are usually derived from general play-related data or(More)
With few exceptions, technology for autistic children tends to be focused on the regulation of perceived deficits. With OutsideTheBox we focus on the strengths of the children as design partners and created in our first year four technological objects together with them. They all have common that they are embedded in the children's lives and share some(More)
Participatory design is inherently concerned with creatively inventing alternative futures. From this perspective we argue that facilitating meaningful participation is configuring processes that allow for the unfolding of creative potentials of participants. To this end, we have developed the concept of "Handlungsspielraum" -- the conceptual creative space(More)
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