A System and Service Design to Enhance Individual$S Motivation to Participate in Road-Running Races

Project: National Science and Technology CouncilNational Science and Technology Council Academic Grants

Project Details


The research project aims to use road-running as an example and design a physical activity social platform-Gatherun so that users (athlete and spectator) with various motivations and needs could all be part of the exercise event since nowadays physical activity applications mostly put emphasis on users who already have exercising habits. Gatherun aims to let athletes share their exercise information on physical activity social platform in real-time and receive spectator’s cheer; while spectators interact with athletes on the social platform via virtual game interface. The various stages of the project are:  to conduct a comprehensive literature review of relevant research article, existing technology, application, users’ characteristics and requirement when assessing a physical activity applications; to apply self-determination theory to investigate athletes and spectators’ exercise psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness.  to use “Predicting Tie Strength with Social Media” and “Measuring Tie Strength Theory” as the physical activity social platform filter criteria on users’ social connection; to assist users to connect with other friends that share common interests and participate rate in physical activity; to let information effectively disseminate in specific physical activity social groups in order to elevate users’ participation in physical activity.  to respectively validate the system and interface usability of Gatherun base on “ISO Usability Definition (9241-11)” and mobile interface heuristic evaluation; to construct structural equation modeling to investigate the relationship between Gatherun’s system and interface usability; to extend technology acceptance model with self-determination theory as research framework and investigate users’ acceptability, motivation, and willing to use of Gatherun.

Project IDs

Project ID:PB10507-1776
External Project ID:MOST105-2221-E182-025-MY2
Effective start/end date01/08/1631/07/17


  • Road-running
  • physical activity motivation
  • social networking site
  • exergames


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