IGGI Symposium is over for another year
Posted 21st September 2016
This September, Goldsmiths College, University of London was ringing to the sounds of digital games, VR demos and enthusiastic discussion as the 3rd IGGI Symposium took place. This annual event brings together all the doctoral students, industrial partners and academics from the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence. It is the primary showcase of the Centre and this year we were delighted to welcome over 50 representatives from the games industry to see the work and ideas of our 34 doctoral students, 11 of whom were literally on their first day in the Centre.
The main thread of the Symposium was a series of talks to spread and share ideas. We had four stimulating and provoking keynotes from:
- Emily Short, a world-leading developer in interactive narrative
- Micheal Mateas, who works on intelligently generating meaningful interactions in games
- Tom Schaul, an expert from Google Deep Mind and
- Scott Martin, developer of the educational software Scryb.
And sharing the stage were our IGGI students. All students, even the new ones, gave a one-minute "buzz" about their ideas and our first cohort of students also gave longer talks about their work in progress. Memorable highlights include the huge looming face of Memo Akten (Cohort 1) transformed into a fractal before our eyes and lots of pictures of cats.
Outside of the talks, there was an exhibition of posters from the first and second cohorts alongside demos of their works, including opportunities to compete in a Miss Pacman competition or to see yourself in a virtual reality mirror. The exhibition was alive with discussion from everyone who attended and it was real pleasure to see the IGGI research all together in one place.
To find out more about our research, please explore these webpages and particularly those of our students. And if you would like to attend next year's Symposium or get more involved with the work of IGGI, drop our Centre Manager an email at email@example.com.