Designing Humor for Playable Cities

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    Smartness, made possible by intelligent sensors and actuators, is invading our home, office and public environments. This smartness monitors, anticipates and supports our activities, increasing efficiency of our activities. Smartness is usually associated with efficiency, but it also allows environments, virtual humans and social robots to display emotions, empathy and provide environments to introduce and support humorous events. We review examples of playful and humorous street furniture in ‘playable’ cities and projects that allow residents and visitors to interact with objects and environments in playful and humorous ways. We add observations on humor theory, in particular observations that deal with physical, visual and multimodal humor. Our emphasis is on introducing incongruities and on exploring different forms of incongruities in order to introduce humorous situations. Inventories of incongruities are explored. These inventories have been obtained from observing humor in everyday situations, in comedies, in movies, and in TV commercials. Shortcomings of these inventories from the point of view of multimodal and interaction humor are discussed and some preliminary views on additional approaches are provided.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2015) and the Affiliated Conferences, AHFE 2015
    EditorsTareq Ahram, Waldemar Karwowski, Dylan Schmorrow
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)2351-9789
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015
    Event6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics 2015 - Las VegaS, United States
    Duration: 26 Jul 201530 Jul 2015
    Conference number: 6

    Publication series

    NameProcedia Manufacturing
    ISSN (Print)2351-9789


    Conference6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics 2015
    Abbreviated titleAHFE 2015
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityLas VegaS


    • EWI-26374
    • HMI-HF: Human Factors
    • Playable Cities
    • IR-98284
    • Human computer interaction
    • Incongruities
    • METIS-314984
    • Computational Humor

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