AIR Toolkit Development

Designing empowering and critical identities in social computing and gaming

D. Fox Harrell
CoDesign: International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts. Creativity and Cognition. Vol. 6, no. 4, December 2010, pp. 187-206.
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Steps Toward the AIR Toolkit: An Approach to Modeling Social Identity Phenomena in Computational Media

D. Fox Harrell
Greg Vargas
Rebecca Perry
Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC 2011), Mexico City, Mexico, April 27-29, 2011, pp. 147-152.
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AIR Toolkit Development

AIR Toolkit Development

The Advanced Identity Representation (AIR) Project ($535,060/5 years, NSF CAREER Award #0952896) is a new transdisciplinary approach to the problem of designing identity technologies to enable imaginative self-representations and to counter social stigmas by implementing dynamic social identity models grounded in computing and cognitive science. The AIR Project seeks to: (1) Develop models of social computational identity (e.g., virtual characters, avatars, and social networking profiles) to enable user representations that dynamically change in response to context and use, and can minimize implicit stigma built into underlying infrastructure, (2) Implement an identity modeling toolkit for constructing empowering, cross-application self-representations (crucially, both back-end semantic data structures and graphical representations), (3) Use the AIR toolkit to build integrated social networking and narrative/game applications, and empirically assess the quality and nature of user representations constructed in contrast with the quality and nature of current systems.

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