Magy Seif El-Nasr
Director of Game Design, Director of Game Educational Programs and Research, Joint Appointment between College of Arts, Media and Design, and College of Computer and Information Sciences
Dr Seif El-Nasr is an associate professor in the Colleges of Computer and Information Sciences and Arts, Media and Design, where she directs the Game User Experience and Design Research Lab. Dr. Seif El-Nasr earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in computer science and her Master of Science in computer science from Texas A&M University. Magy’s award winning research focuses on enhancing game designs by developing tools and methods for evaluating and adapting game experiences. 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 is currently working on collaborative projects with Electronic Arts, Bardel Entertainment, and Pixel Ante. Dr. Seif El-Nasr has 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 narative communities. Notably, she received Best Paper Award at the International Conference of Virtual Storytelling 2003 and several citations in industry books and magazines. Magy has also received Leadership Excellence Award and Research Excellence Award from Texas A&M University. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Game Development, the International Journal of Intelligent Games and Simulation, and ACM’s Computers in Entertainment; 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). Magy has offered and conducted many workshops on game design, including game development camps for middle and high school students, and has taught game design courses at Penn State University, Northwestern University, Master’s of Digital Media, and Simon Fraser University.