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Affective and Cognitive Institute (ACI) of the University of Offenburg

The ACI is a cross-faculty institution of the university of Offenburg, which is headed by Prof. Dr. Oliver Korn. We are developing and investigating context-aware and interactive solutions in the fields of health, education and work. Especially we are focusing on:

  • emotion recognition & affective computing
  • playful enrichment of interactions (gamification)
  • assistive technologies & augmented reality
  • social robots

Methodologically, the ACI stands for consistent user-centered design and development. In an agile process, with several iterations solutions are adjusted according to the wishes and needs of the users and other stakeholders. Especially, in the fields of assistive technologies and social robots this is very important, because they have a high impact on everyday life and ideally should simplify and augment it. Therefore, we are also striving to give interaction a playful character (gamification).

In each iteration of the agile process qualitative and quantitative studies are conducted. Another focus are studies with physiological data, e.g., measuring the skin-conductance or facial expressions for emotion and stress recognition.

The ACI is an application-oriented institution, which is also strong in research. Further, it is partner in several national and international research projects.