Peter Fikar

Peter Fikar
University of Vienna | UniWien · Department of Sociology

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February 2020 - January 2021
University of Vienna
Position
  • Research Assistant
August 2015 - January 2020
TU Wien
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  • University Assistant
November 2014 - March 2015
TU Wien
Position
  • Research Assistant

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Publications (15)
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Was bedeutet das Gewicht der digitalen Medien für jene engagierte Protest- und Bewegungsforschung, die sich für eine gesellschaftliche Demokratisierung und damit auch für ein anerkennendes Verständnis von Protest und sozialen Bewegungen einsetzt? Reicht es noch, die Wirkung digitaler Technologien zu beschreiben und zu analysieren, oder muss die Pro...
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Interaction design and tangible computing offer rich opportunities for supporting children with impairments by means of enhanced therapeutic toys and educational materials. In order to explore how technology can be utilized to meet special requirements in the education of visually impaired children (and teenagers), we set up a practice-based resear...
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Early Intervention Services support children with disabilities in their development from early age on. To this end, therapeutic toys are regularly employed within training sessions. These toys often draw on interactive elements to make exercising more appealing, and hence, to motivate the children. While there is some research about interactive the...
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Conventional ball runs are usually made from wood and used with marbles. Their easy handling and comprehensible principle of action and reaction -- a marble placed into it will run down the slope -- make them a popular therapeutic toy among occupational therapists and related professionals when exercising with impaired children. However, traditiona...
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This paper introduces LightSight, a new interactive toy for children with cerebral visual impairment (CVI). Since affected children face different challenges in their perception and processing of information, it is important to provide them with appropriate tools to train their vision skills and related competencies. To address this need, we design...
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Treating neurological conditions like cerebral visual impairment (CVI) and related disabilities is a complex challenge where the needs of the affected persons have to be considered individually. It is also commonly agreed that stimulating the body's senses, as part of early intervention programs, is a crucial activity in therapy. With this paper, w...
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Cortical Visual Impairment in children is a severe issue caused by prenatal injury of the brain affecting timely development during childhood. Therapists work with affected children to foster general development, to improve their learning, and to train sensory skills. In order to support effective and playful practices in Early Intervention we desi...
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Health issues, due to a sedentary lifestyle and a decrease of physical activity are a raising issue in today's society. In order to provide incentives to stay physically active the potential of digital games gets evaluated in a scientific context towards their motivational effects. Games or game related applications offer a range of opportunities r...
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Smoking is a serious health problem and there exists a number of different aids to quit this habit. However, nicotine dependency is a complex addiction and not all means of cessation suit every smoker. In this work we present Vibrette, a mobile tangible device designed to ease the smoking craving by offering a distractive game. We illustrate the de...
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We present preliminary results of work on a low-cost multi-user immersive Virtual Reality system that enables collaborative experiences in large virtual environments. In the proposed setup at least three users can walk and interact freely and untethered in a 200 m2 area. The required equipment is worn on the body and rendering is performed locally...
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Serious games can help to improve efficacy of motor rehabilitation especially in a home environment. We introduce "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", a serious game improving strength and mobility of the shoulder area targeting support of supervised physiotherapy. It proposes a customizable environment for supplementary exercises in the context of rehabil...

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The project Schaukasten was concerned with research on design of technology for children with severe visual impairments (Cerebral Visual Impairment). The research relied on co-design activities with Early Intervention Experts from Verein Contrast, aiming to support their occupational therapy approaches.
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Bereits Hannah Arendt (2016, 213) stellte fest, dass Einzigartigkeit und Pluralität als Grundlage von Humanität und Humanismus erst im politischen Handeln entstehen. Sie beschreibt diese humanistische Qualität des Politischen noch als immaterielle Praxis und zugleich als eine Tätigkeit der sozial Gleichgestellten. In aktuellen Debatten der politischen Philosophie werden hingegen zunehmend die materialen Aspekte politischer Partizipation in Form von Infrastrukturen in den Fokus gerückt (vgl. Butler 2018). Insbesondere die digitale Mediatisierung der Gesellschaft hat die Bedingungen für das zivilgesellschaftliche politische Handeln einschneidend verändert. Sie hat genauso zur Entstehung neuer Formen der Beteiligung beigetragen wie zur Veränderung altbekannter. Neue Partizipationsformen werden maßgeblich von der zeitlichen, räumlichen und sozialen Entgrenzung digital-medialer Kommunikation und entsprechender Digitaltechniken ermöglicht, die zugleich neue Herausforderungen und Möglichkeiten schaffen. Die Digitalisierung des Politischen wurde so auch begleitet von einer zunehmenden Pluralisierung der „unkonventionellen“ Partizipationsformen jenseits institutioneller Formen (Demokratiezentrum Wien o.J.; Rucht und Neidhardt 2002). Wien stellt hinsichtlich der Zahl dieser unkonventionellen politischen Partizipationsformen ein Zentrum im gesamten deutschsprachigen Raum dar (insb. politische Versammlungen). Diese internationale Debatte – mit Blick auf partizipative Entwicklung von beteiligungsfördernden Infrastrukturdesigns – weiterführend untersucht das Forschungsprojekt digitale Infrastrukturen der politischen Partizipation in Wien anhand von drei ausgewählten Partizipationsformen, die auf verschiedene Art und Weise marginalisiert sind (Häußermann 2001): (1) Protestbewegungen; (2) politisch-publizistische Wohnungslosen-Initiativen; (3) Hacktivism. Das interdisziplinäre Forschungsprojekt ist am Institut für Soziologie der Universität Wien verankert und kooperiert mit der Multidisciplinary Design & User Research Group (MDUR) am Institut für Visual Computing & Human-Centered Technology der Technischen Universität Wien.