Design, Evaluation, and Extension of Serious Games for Training in Mine Safety

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Title:
Design, Evaluation, and Extension of Serious Games for Training in Mine Safety
Author:
Brown, Leonard D.
Issue Date:
2015
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Embargo:
Release 01-Jan-2018
Abstract:
New approaches are needed to improve outcomes for safety training in hazardous industries. In this dissertation, following a detailed needs assessment and field studies of training in the mining industry, I will develop and validate a new approach for safety training that couples advancements in "serious games" with user interaction techniques to enhance training workflows. This approach is two-fold. First, the training content, practices, and outcomes are illustrated through non-linear stories with consequence-driven game play in a realistic, "sandbox" world. Second, the conventional game interfaces are extended using emerging natural user interfaces and complexity management techniques to improve the usability of complex data sets common in the application domain. MineSAFE, a custom-built platform to create serious games for training in mine safety, has been developed to enable the proposed approach. Several games that were created with this platform, including Harry's Hard Choices, will be presented. I will also discuss usability studies that have been carried out in realistic training situations to evaluate the user acceptance of the serious games approach for mine safety training. These studies suggest a high level of acceptance among domain users. Finally, I discuss workspace-level extensions to elevate serious games into an Augmented Virtual Reality, where gestures and tangible interaction drive the gaming experience. Although this work focuses on training for the mining industry, my hope is that the insights and technologies provided here will be transferable to other domains where safety, emergency response, and complicated information play a major role in shaping training outcomes.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
human computer interaction; serious games; training; usability; virtual reality; Computer Science; health and safety
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Computer Science
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Hua, Hong

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleDesign, Evaluation, and Extension of Serious Games for Training in Mine Safetyen_US
dc.creatorBrown, Leonard D.en
dc.contributor.authorBrown, Leonard D.en
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.releaseRelease 01-Jan-2018en
dc.description.abstractNew approaches are needed to improve outcomes for safety training in hazardous industries. In this dissertation, following a detailed needs assessment and field studies of training in the mining industry, I will develop and validate a new approach for safety training that couples advancements in "serious games" with user interaction techniques to enhance training workflows. This approach is two-fold. First, the training content, practices, and outcomes are illustrated through non-linear stories with consequence-driven game play in a realistic, "sandbox" world. Second, the conventional game interfaces are extended using emerging natural user interfaces and complexity management techniques to improve the usability of complex data sets common in the application domain. MineSAFE, a custom-built platform to create serious games for training in mine safety, has been developed to enable the proposed approach. Several games that were created with this platform, including Harry's Hard Choices, will be presented. I will also discuss usability studies that have been carried out in realistic training situations to evaluate the user acceptance of the serious games approach for mine safety training. These studies suggest a high level of acceptance among domain users. Finally, I discuss workspace-level extensions to elevate serious games into an Augmented Virtual Reality, where gestures and tangible interaction drive the gaming experience. Although this work focuses on training for the mining industry, my hope is that the insights and technologies provided here will be transferable to other domains where safety, emergency response, and complicated information play a major role in shaping training outcomes.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen
dc.subjecthuman computer interactionen
dc.subjectserious gamesen
dc.subjecttrainingen
dc.subjectusabilityen
dc.subjectvirtual realityen
dc.subjectComputer Scienceen
dc.subjecthealth and safetyen
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplineComputer Scienceen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorHua, Hongen
dc.contributor.committeememberHua, Hongen
dc.contributor.committeememberEfrat, Alonen
dc.contributor.committeememberPoulton, Maryen
dc.contributor.committeememberRozenblit, Jerzyen
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