• 482 Citations
20132020

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Research profile

Max Birk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology. With an interdisciplinary background, Max draws from psychology, interaction design, data science, and game design, to investigate the effects of game-based design strategies on mental processes and design-induced behaviour change. His research contributes to games user research, digital health, and motivational interface design. He is interested in projects contributing to a healthy society, improving entertainment experiences (e.g., eSports), and developing tools and methods for researching interactive experiences. 

Max' research has been published more than 25 times in international top HCI venues, and he has contributed to research on player experience, individual differences in play, task adherence, crowdsourcing, and on the intersection between video games and mental health. He has organized well-received workshops across the globe and led research projects spanning multiple continents. Max has collaborated with game-designers in North America, Europe, and China, and experience working with independent developers like AlienTrap and global tech companies like Tencent.

Academic background

Max Birk received his graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Trier, Germany, in 2012. Under the supervision of Dr. Regan Mandryk, he completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 2018. During his Ph.D., Max investigated avatar customization as a motivational design strategy to increase engagement with technology-enabled services for health. He received several awards, including the Governor General’s Gold Medal, the Bill Buxton Award, the University of Saskatchewan Doctoral Dissertation Award, the GSA Excellence of the Science Award, and 4 ACM honorable mentions or best paper awards.

Max is technical program co-chair for CHI PLAY 2020, and an editor for JMIR Serious Games. He co-organized the Spotlight track for CHI PLAY 2017, CHI PLAY 2018, and the Interactivity track for CHI PLAY 2019. As the Assistant to the General Chairs, Max was part of the organizational team of CHI 2018 in Montréal. Max frequently contributes to venues such as CHI, CHI PLAY, JMIR, IJHCS, or ToCHI.

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Research Output

  • 482 Citations
  • 33 Conference contribution
  • 6 Article
  • 1 Phd Thesis 4 Research NOT TU/e / Graduation NOT TU/e)

Just a click away: action-state orientation moderates the impact of task interruptions on initiative

Birk, M. V., Mandryk, R. L. & Baumann, N., 1 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Personality. 88, 2, p. 373-390 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    6 Downloads (Pure)

    DanSync: playful track selection through synchronized movements

    Marree, R., Verburgh, L. & Birk, M. V., 17 Oct 2019, CHI PLAY 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 105-110 6 p. (CHI PLAY 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

    Game dynamics that support snacking, not feasting

    Alexandrovsky, D., Friehs, M. A., Birk, M. V., Yates, R. K. & Mandryk, R. L., 17 Oct 2019, CHI PLAY 2019 - Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 573-588 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

  • Healthy lies: the effects of misrepresenting player health data on experience, behavior, and performance

    Wuertz, J., Birk, M. V. & Bateman, S., 2 May 2019, CHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 12 p. 319

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Improving the efficacy of cognitive training for digital mental health interventions through avatar customization: crowdsourced quasi-experimental study

    Birk, M. V. & Mandryk, R. L., Jan 2019, In : Journal of Medical Internet Research. 21, 1, 18 p., e10133.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    36 Downloads (Pure)

    Press / Media

    Better apps might improve health, study finds

    Max V. Birk

    5/08/19

    1 item of Media coverage

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    Better apps might improve health, USask study finds

    Max V. Birk

    2/08/19

    1 item of Media coverage

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    Young Innovators: Better apps might improve health, U of S research finds

    Max V. Birk

    1/08/192/08/19

    4 items of Media coverage

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    Opinion: How Facepunch failed to communicate gender assignment in Rust

    Max Birk

    19/04/16

    1 item of Media coverage

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