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Magy Seif El-Nasr

Associate Professor, Director of Game Educational Programs and Research at Northeastern, Director of the Game Design Program – Game Design

Magy Seif El-Nasr earned her Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University in Computer Science and her Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. She currently directs the Game User Experience and Design Research Lab. Her research focuses on enhancing game designs by developing tools and methods for evaluating and adapting game experiences. Magy received multiple grants to support her research. She has published over 60 international peer reviewed articles on her work. In addition, her work has received several awards and recognition within the Game Industry and Interactive Narrative Communities.

Notably, she received Best Paper Award at the International Conference of Virtual Storytelling 2003. Her work is internationally known and cited in several game industry books, including Programming Believable Characters for Computer Games (Game Development Series) and Real-time Cinematography for Games. Magy has also received Leadership Excellence Award and Research Excellence Award from Texas A&M University.

She is an associate editor for ACM’s Computers in Entertainment and IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games; she has chaired and organized several workshops including, American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Interaction Entertainment, which became its own conference: AIIDE (Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment), and conferences, including Foundations of Digital Games 2012 (General Chair), International Conference on Entertainment Computing 2011 (General Co-Chair), Computational Intelligence in Games (PC Co-Chair), and ACM Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (ACE) 2009 (PC Co-Chair).

Magy is currently working on several game research projects in collaboration with Electronic Arts, Relic Entertainment, IgnitePlay, Vidigami, and Pixel Ante.


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