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Announcement of a master/project thesis: Active City Innovation: Dance Competition

Subject/question: Conception and development of an interactive dance/music system to promote participation in public dances


Public spaces, dance, urban spaces, physical activity, socio-informatics, dance stations


The SINN-i sub-project Active City Innovation researches how urban spaces can become attractive places for movement. The reduction of inner-city green spaces and open spaces is one of many barriers that prevent people from moving around more. The development, implementation and evaluation of 12 experimentation scenarios for the promotion of physical activity will result in a handbook that will make it possible to implement the developed scenarios in other cities. The different topics will be carried out by partners from Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Japan and South Africa. The University of Siegen researches the scenario of Public Dancing. Dancing can not only promote health and mobility, but can also be fun and connect people of different cultures and age groups. To get people to dance, regardless of their experience and background, the conditions must be right to let them dance together or against each other. In everyday life, however, the possibility of spontaneously and locally dancing together with different citizens or visitors in a big city is missing. The feeling of community or competition can be a motivating factor in this case to want to move with other people. Therefore, it is necessary to explore how the use of sociotechnical systems can bridge these distances. How can people in public places be motivated to dance against each other or together despite different locations?

Questions to answer in the master/project thesis:

  • What are the requirements for the city/the stakeholders?
  • How can data be collected during implementation?
  • Which challenges and anxieties of the users have to be considered?
  • How can people of different age groups be motivated to participate?
  • What is the concrete implementation of the new system?


  • Ability to work independently, commitment and enjoyment working in a team
  • Communicative and willing to work with users
  • Interest in participatory approaches (Participatory Design, Community Based Participatory Research)
  • Previous experience in qualitative and empirical work
  • Independent development of a prototype

For more information:

David Struzek (david.struzek@uni-siegen.de)

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller (Claudia.Mueller@uni-siegen.de)


Students of the HCI, WI or related courses.

As a project thesis also possible with multiple participants.

Start:As of now.

Further information about Active City Innovation: