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Jesse Kurtz and Kyle Moore

KinectForKids

Departments: Computer Science and Engineering
Advisor: Mooi Choo Chuah

Abstract:
The video game industry is immense and there are no signs of its growth slowing down. We realized we could utilize this industry to help a cause that plagues our youth. Recent estimates state that 1 in 68 children have some degree of Autism. This is a unique disorder in that it can affect every child differently and to varying degrees, but they all share some common issues: communication, social interaction, and motor skills. Typical video games are fast paced and require quick decision making without providing a unique experience tailored to the child. Due to these factors, individuals with Autism find these games to be too much for them to process and receive little benefit from playing them. We wanted to create a tool that could help with child development that improves the areas of their lives most impacted by Autism. We decided a highly customizable multiplayer Kinect-based video game would best combat these problems while providing a fun and engaging experience for the child. This would provide an endless set of possibilities to help these children develop based on their individual needs, impacting their lives more than any current Autism treatment could.

About Jesse Kurtz:
Originally from Coatesville, PA, Jesse Kurtz is a senior at Lehigh University pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Philosophy. Recently, he has begun working on research with Dr. Mooi Choo Chuah which focuses on utilizing artificial intelligence to aid child development. After graduation, he will begin his career as a Software Developer at SEI Investments.

About Kyle Moore:
Kyle, a senior at Lehigh University, is from Pottstown, PA and is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Philosophy. He is a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity as well as the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. His interests include playing video games and travelling. After graduation, he will be attending graduate school at Lehigh taking part in the Technical Entrepreneurship Program.