Serious games, which are defined as digital games that do not have entertainment as their main focus, have been shown to be an effective platform for improving training, education or modifying objectives. They are increasingly applied in a range of areas and disciplines, as they offer interactivity coupled with immersive experiences to engage people in tasks and activities that are not necessarily considered fun.
There are numerous studies into the positive impact of serious games and they have been successfully applied to a wide range of scenarios. However, areas such as accessibility design, cybersecurity, and health self-management are scarcely addressed in the literature.
This research will investigate the potential of serious games as an effective approach to support engagement with various activities within the above areas.
Candidates should have an interest in Multimedia Computing and Digital Games, as they will be exploring the potential to design, develop and evaluate serious gaming applications within the above domains. They should have good game/software/prototype design and development skills. Knowledge of cybersecurity and accessibility, experience of carrying out user-centred research and collecting and analysing both qualitative and quantitative data are also desirable.
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