Elisa Mekler

Elisa Mekler

Assistant Professor

I'm an assistant professor in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at Aalto University, and director of the AERIS (Aesthetic Experience in Interactive Systems) group. Drawing from my background in psychology, I research motivational and emotional aspects of the User Experience and Games to establish a better understanding of what constitutes "good" interaction. In particular, my work investigates how interactive systems support aesthetic and meaningful user experiences that endure beyond interaction. Moreover, I'm interested in methodology and meta-science, especially with regards to the role of psychological theories in HCI.

I lead the Evaluation workgroups in the H2020 project CAROUSEL+ and the COST action INDCOR .

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Honors and awards

CHI Best Paper

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2019

CHI Honorable Mention

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2019

CHI PLAY Best Paper

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2018

CHI PLAY Honorable Mention

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2018

JCSG Best Paper

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2018

CHI Honorable Mention

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2017

CHI Best Paper

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2016

CHI Honorable Mention

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2016

CHI PLAY Best Paper

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2015

CHI PLAY Honorable Mention

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2019

Publications

"Whatever the Emotional Experience, It's Up to Them": Insights from Designers of Emotionally Impactful Games

Alena Denisova, Julia Bopp, Thuy Duong Nguyen, Elisa Mekler 2021 CHI 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Data Agents: Promoting Reflection through Meaningful Representations of Personal Data in Everyday Life

Maria Karyda, Elisa Mekler, Andres Lucero 2021 CHI 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Off-Peak: An Examination of Ordinary Player Experience

April Tyack, Elisa Mekler 2021 CHI 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Self-Determination Theory in HCI Games Research: Current Uses and Open Questions

April Tyack, Elisa Mekler 2020 CHI 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Statistical Significance Testing at CHI PLAY: Challenges and Opportunities for More Transparency

Jan Vornhagen, April Tyack, Elisa Mekler 2020 CHI PLAY 2020 - Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play

Aesthetic Evaluation of Digitally Reproduced Art Images

Claire Reymond, Matthew Pelowski, Klaus Opwis, Tapio Takala, Elisa Mekler 2020 Frontiers in Psychology

Motivational Profiling of League of Legends Players

Florian Brühlmann, Philipp Baumgartner, Günter Wallner, Simone Kriglstein, Elisa Mekler 2020 Frontiers in Psychology

A framework for the experience of meaning in human-computer interaction

Elisa D. Mekler, Kasper Hornbæk 2019 CHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

The role of gaming during difficult life experiences

Ioanna Iacovides, Elisa D. Mekler 2019 CHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Exploring Emotional Attachment to Game Characters

Julia Ayumi Bopp, Livia J. Müller, Lena Aeschbach, Klaus Opwis, Elisa Mekler 2019 CHI PLAY '19 - Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play