Personalizing the Theme Park: Psychometric Profiling and Physiological Monitoring

  • Stefan Rennick-Egglestone
  • Amanda Whitbrook
  • Caroline Leygue
  • Julie Greensmith
  • Brendan Walker
  • Steve Benford
  • Holger Schnädelbach
  • Stuart Reeves
  • Joe Marshall
  • David Kirk
  • Paul Tennent
  • Ainoje Irune
  • Duncan Rowland
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6787)

Abstract

Theme parks are important and complex forms of entertainment, with a broad user-base, and with a substantial economic impact. In this paper, we present a case study of an existing theme park, and use this to motivate two research challenges in relation to user-modeling and personalization in this environment: developing recommender systems to support theme park visits, and developing rides that are personalized to the users who take part in them. We then provide an analysis, drawn from a real-world study on an existing ride, which illustrates the efficacy of psychometric profiling and physiological monitoring in relation to these challenges. We conclude by discussing further research work that could be carried out within the theme park, but motivate this research by considering the broader contribution to user-modeling issues that it could make. As such, we present the theme park as a microcosm which is amenable to research, but which is relevant in a much broader setting.

Keywords

Psychometrics physiological monitoring theme park 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Rennick-Egglestone
    • 1
  • Amanda Whitbrook
    • 2
  • Caroline Leygue
    • 3
  • Julie Greensmith
    • 1
  • Brendan Walker
    • 4
  • Steve Benford
    • 1
  • Holger Schnädelbach
    • 1
  • Stuart Reeves
    • 3
  • Joe Marshall
    • 1
  • David Kirk
    • 1
  • Paul Tennent
    • 1
  • Ainoje Irune
    • 1
  • Duncan Rowland
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  2. 2.BAE Systems, Systems Engineering Innovation CentreUniversity of LoughboroughLoughboroughUK
  3. 3.Horizon Digital Economy Research, Sir Colin Campbell BuildingUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  4. 4.AerialLondonUK
  5. 5.School of Computer ScienceUniversity of LincolnLincolnUK

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