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School of Informatics and Computing Faculty to be Recognized at International Conference on Computer Games

July 18, 2013

cg7Dr. Joseph Defazio, professor of Media Arts and Science, associate lecturer, Travis Fass, along with Rebecca Finch, doctoral student in the Human-Computer Interaction program, from the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, authored a paper which was recently accepted to the 18th annual International Conference on Computer Games, CGAMES.

The paper titled, Building Multi-User Virtual Worlds, explores virtual worlds and their usefulness and practicality in educating students. The focus of the paper is design and development of an academic course on the topic of multi-user virtual worlds. The paper serves as a blue print set of instructions for the creation of a multi-player virtual game where students interact with one another in either real-time or through a series of simulated events.

Using virtual environments as an educational tool is a relatively new concept and one that could provide significant insight into new ways of teaching. “We have yet to realize the full potential of multi-user virtual worlds and augmented reality experiences in cross-disciplinary educational opportunities, “said Prof. Defazio.

This year’s CGAMES conference will take place over the course of four days, July 29th to August 1st, in Louisville, Kentucky. The conference will feature keynote addresses from experts in areas pertaining to computer game research, workshops on the latest breakthroughs in computer technology, and academic paper presentations.

For more information about Dr. Defazio.

For more information about The CGAMES conference click here.

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