University of Saskatchewan Department of Computer Science

Welcome to the Department of Computer Science


Exercise Games

The CTV video can be accessed by clicking here. Text from the CTV article that accompanied the video is pasted below.


Article By CTV Saskatoon
Date: Wednesday Mar. 30

A new wave of video games that encourage physical fitness could be on the horizon.

A group of researchers at the University of Saskatchewan is designing and testing new games that promote health and wellness.

Andre Doucette, a PHD student in the computer sciences department at the U of S, is helping to test a new video game created by a fellow student called Grab Apple.

By using his body to run, leap, and twist, Doucette can play the game, attempting to pick apples off of the computerized tree.

"You can really do different levels of intensity depending how interested you are in the game. I like the challenge so I really get into it," said Doucette.

Like many systems on the market, Grab Apple is controlled through a player's movements. As the levels increase, so does a person's heart rate and activity level.

Regan Mandryk, an assistant professor in the computer sciences department, says that unlike what's already out there, this game is designed to be played in short spurts.

"So you play for five to ten minutes when you get the opportunity and the idea is if you play three times per day then you're getting the 30 minutes of activity a day," said Mandryk.

In addition to Grab Apple, researchers are also working on games that focus on resistance training by having the player adjust their breathing and flex their muscles to control the game.

Researchers are also creating games that utilize smart phone technology to get people, especially children and their families, up and moving.

"The idea behind that one is children of active parents are six times more likely to be active themselves so if we can get families to be active together using a smart phone to encourage them to go for a walk and play a game then that will help the whole family get some exercise," said Mandryk.

Gaming systems like the Xbox Kinect, the PlayStation Move, or the Wii, have started to make fitness games fun for the whole family. Mandryk says the goal of these games isn't to replace traditional exercise or skip the gym, but rather to encourage people to add a little activity into their everyday -- in a way that is fun and enjoyable.

"What we're looking to do is get those people who are not exercising to start exercising."

More News

  • Congratulations to our Fall Graduates

    The word "Convocation" arises from the Latin "con" meaning "together" and "vocare" meaning "to call." The Convocation ceremony is a calling together of new graduates. Congratulations to the Fall Graduates who will admitted to their degree on Saturday, October 25th, 2014.

  • 2015 Tri-Council (CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC) Master's Graduate Scholarship Competition

    For those students wishing to apply for an NSERC Scholarship for 2015, the deadlines are coming up fairly soon.

  • UofS Software aid Ebola research

    Dr. Tony Kusalik and Ph.D. graduate Brett Trost are developing a new software system currently used by the U.S. National Institutes of Health's integrated research facility in Maryland to study how Ebola infects cells and what cells do to fight the infection.

  • Computer Science Professional Internship Program

    The Department of Computer Science Professional Internship Program allows undergraduate students to obtain 12 or 16 months of practical "on-the-job" experience with a sponsoring company prior to completing the final year of their undergraduate degree program

  • Let's Talk Science - Volunteer Opportunity

    Let's Talk Science is a national science outreach program who strive to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) literacy through leadership and educational programs, research and advocacy. 

  • New Scientist Magazine feature UofS HCI study

    HCI lab's Dr.Regan Mandryk and student Clayton Epp received a shout out in an article recently published in the latest issue of New Scientist, one of the biggest science magazines in the world.

  • UofS CompSci students harvest experience for Farm@Hand mobile app

    Three Computer Science graduate students collaborate to develop a prototype farm management application to take to market.

  • Computer Science Professional Internship Program (CSPIP) - Information Session

    Interested in learning more about our Computer Science Professional Internship Program? 

    When: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

    Time: 1:00pm - 2:20pm

    Location: Thorv 124

  • Programming Contest

    The ACM Fall Programming Contest is back!

    Come out and exercise your brain. Everyone is welcome to participate, and there is a chance to win various prizes! Lots of door prizes, free pizza, and more! Come out and claim the title of best problem solver. 

    When: October 18nd, 2014

    For more information and sample problems, go to

News Archive