May 212021
 

“The Bradley Tabletop Games Symposium is a two-day participatory online event that brings together game industry practitioners, scholars, and anyone else interested in the design and study of tabletop games. The symposium is a product of collaboration between the Interactive Media Department of Bradley University and the Games and Simulation Arts & Sciences Program of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is being managed by Double Exposure, Inc.”

Os temas..
“We are bringing together people to talk about any developing ideas, trends, and concepts in the design, study, and play of board games, including but not limited to:
Games as media
Games and simulation
Games and anticolonialism
Games as resistance
Games in/as education
Industry studies
Cultures of play
Board game cafes
Hybrid games
Ludo-textual analysis
Virtual tabletop play
Storytelling in tabletop games
Legacy and campaign games
Games and speculative futures / alternate histories
Discourse analysis of play sessions
Streaming and actual play podcasts
Phenomenology of play
Ludic fandom
History of tabletop games
Gaming and the military industrial complex
Games and translation
Games and play therapy
Board game renaissance
Games in the age of the pandemic”

Desta conferência fez parte:
Friday, May 21
“‘I Didn’t See Anyone Who Looked Like Me’: Gender and Racial Representation in Board Gaming” presented by Tanya Pobuda. Who are the designers of the top-rated BoardGameGeek games? What identities dominate board game cover art? Is board gaming predominantly white and male? While there has been extensive scholarly analysis of gender and racial representation, discrimination and violence in the digital games community, an exhaustive audit of scholarly literature uncovered no academic, peer-reviewed studies currently exist that apply critical cultural analysis informed by feminist, queer and critical race theories to gender and racial representation in the contemporary board gaming community and industry. Find out more in this precis of an ongoing PhD dissertation research project.

Educational Adaptations in Analog Games Design Classes” presented by Nia Wearn, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Kieran Reid, Kirsten du Preez, Romeo Molongoana. As part of a larger Gameplay and Game Studies programme we’ve been teaching a specific undergraduate board game design class since 2016. We’d like to discuss the changes we’ve made as we’ve reflected on our practice, and the significant challenges and changes we undertook moving to teaching the same class remotely over the last academic year. We’re excited to showcase some of the games our students have made – both good and bad!

Using Modern Board Game Designs to Build Serious Games” presented by Micael Sousa. Modern board games are bringing innovative design options. They can be simples or complex. By combining mechanisms, components, and narratives, we can build exciting and engaging games. Serious game approaches should benefit from these designs. But in practice, they seem to be ignored by serious game researchers and practitioners. I propose approaching these issues, relating them to my ongoing research and its application to face-to-face and online uses.

Prestige Gaming: Social Capital Around and Away From the Table” presented by Greg Loring-Albright, Steven Dashiell, Greg Niedt, Melissa Rogerson. This roundtable will center on discussions of Bourdieu’s concept of “social capital”: non-monetary ways of producing value and status, which Consalvo refocuses in gaming contexts as “Gamer Capital.” Whether by owning a large collection, playing complicated games, or verbally leveraging fluency in gaming rules and subcultures, we assert that social capital is present an important factor in understanding tabletop gaming. Panelists will discuss material foundations of tabletop gaming capital, the ways in which this kind of social capital is performed and generated in-person and online, and other, related topics from the experiences in the board game, collectible card game, and role-playing game hobbies.

Cardboard Stories: Narrative Games as Works of Literature” presented by Dave Neale, Emma Reay, Kirsten du Preez. How can we analyze narrative games as works of literature or art? How do we read the meaning of a work that contains multiple possible narratives, of which many players will only experience one? How do we conceptualize interaction as a literary and artistic device? Narrative tabletop games have not received much attention as a form of literature or art, but these games are currently in a period of high innovation and popularity as a storytelling medium, with rapid industry growth and thousands of new releases every year. This session will begin with 2 short presentations about viewing games as an art-form, and will then open up to a round-table discussion.

Gamifying Digital Storytelling in the Writing Classroom” presented by Maha Alawdat. Remote learning created an environment in which digital storytelling – specifically game-based writing – became extraordinarily useful to motivate students and improve their attitudes towards writing communities and collaboration. This workshop will share on-the-spot practice in implementing these tools.

Play and Purchase Intentions for Analog and Hybrid Games” presented by Mehmet Kosa, Dave Neale, Vincent Vergonjeanne. What are distinctive motivations for playing analog and hybrid gaming? What are the advantages of being full analog or hybrid in what contexts (e.g. learning)? What factors influence players to buy commercial analog and/or hybrid games?

Playing the Game World You’re Dealt” presented by John O’Donnell. Despite the evident cultural endurance of cards as elements of games and story-telling through the centuries, appropriate and specific language to discuss their dual use is lacking. My session is a thorough presentation of the practice of using cards in games to convey game worlds. I first establish the ubiquity of cards in games – making concrete their assumed cultural and historical relevance. I follow this with a productive description of game worlds pertaining to non-digital games; an interactive, subcreated story world. The multi-layered natured of cards is then discussed in an attempt to deconstruct the homogenous card-as-game-element. These findings are organised into a framework that can be applied to tabletop games concluded with an application on a selection of modern games.

How to Connect and Enjoy the Doom of Zoom!?” presented by Maarten Koeners. We invite you to take a break and come spend some time re-discovering playing hands-on games on Zoom and jovially explore what our online experiences of the last 12 months might teach us about teaching and learning. I will aim to extend your idea of play and playfulness and how it could be used to create connection and potentially support a community that can fosters joyous co-creation of knowledge and skills. Expect to enjoy some light interaction through your camera and to dust-up your collaborative theatre skills during the “Lecture without lecturer”.

Legacy Games and Their Impact on Tabletop Gaming” presented by Sarah Cheatle, Dave Neale. In 2011, game designer Rob Daviau introduced the world to his latest creation, Risk Legacy. It took the somewhat tired and dated concept of “vanilla” Risk and turned it on its head, introducing gamers to game mechanics previously unseen. For the first time, decisions and game events had permanent consequences, shaping gameplay and even the game board over future sessions. Since then, the tabletop industry has seen an explosion of heralded games including Gloomhaven, Pandemic legacy and Betrayal Legacy. This roundtable is meant to explore the nuances and unique characteristics of legacy games, as well as their impact, and perhaps assess whether the legacy system is still essentially a gimmick or something that will endure.

Board Game Attributes – Derived From Science!” presented by Simon Strange. As part of his PhD research, Simon Strange conducted a broad survey of board game properties, and subjected the results to advanced statistical analysis to discover which game attributes are tightly correlated with others. The research is done, but now how can it best be used to improve the lives of board game enthusiasts everywhere? Let Simon explain his experiment, methods, and results, and then discuss possible applications with him.

Improv’ing Education Through Serious Play” presented by Hartley Jafine. Through applied drama and improvisation, participants will experience how education can be enhanced through playful, embodied learning. Engagement with the workshop aims to raise a critical consciousness, develop personal awareness, and build community/support. We will engage with serious play and reflective practice through creative exploration. No previous theatre, improv, or performance experience required.

Worldbuilding, Procedural Storytelling, and Critical Thinking” presented by Trent Hegenrader. In this playtest presented in Roll20, participants will procedurally generate a fantasy world, and three different characters. Then, they will discuss the different points of tension that would exist between each character and the world, and between the characters based on their attributes, personalities, and traits. I argue that this worldbuilding methodology and randomized character creation process can be used to develop students’ critical thinking skills as they are required to see the world through a variety of different perspectives. We can accommodate spectators, if you want to be part of the conversation, you can log into the Zoom call with us, but you won’t be one of the people interacting with the Roll20 elements.

The Red Burnoose: Algeria 1857” presented by Matt Shoemaker. Join Fadhma N’Soumer in her fight against the invading French armies in the Kabylie region of Algeria in the game The Red Burnoose: Algeria 1857. You will join forces with up to 3 other players in this co-op board game to use deck building and area control elements to survive as the French advance on your villages. This game was designed to take on challenging themes of colonialism in board games as well as take a look at what a wargame designed with feminist principles in mind could look like. There is room for up to 4 to play but if we get more than that we can pair people in teams. Tabletop Simulator is required to play. Voice chat will be run simultaneously via a Zoom meeting.

The Digital Mediation of Analog Play” presented by Colin Stricklin, Raphael D’Amico. What happens when private play becomes public entertainment? How do games change when we point a camera at them? Between “actual play” RPG podcasts, web-based programming like Tabletop, and the ubiquitous reach of Twitch, more people are discovering analog games within a digital frame. This panel explores these effects, seeking to understand how analog gameplay changes in response to digital mediation. F

The Process of Getting Your Game Ready to Manufacture and Bid Out” presented by JD Madsen. Having all the components thought through for play testing and prototyping is a difficult task for any game designer. What then becomes different when you want to get it ready for manufacture and market? Sit and discuss with other game designers, their process, their struggles and success, strategize and advise one another on next steps for your projects. Friday 7:00PM – 8:00PM EDT. Location: http://twitch.tv/dexboardroom1

The Well-Integrated Theme: How to Get Theme and Mechanism to Work Together in Your Game” presented by Gil Hova. Board game designers and fans often talk about theme and mechanism in opposition. They’ll say things like “theme versus mechanism” or ask which is better to start with. In this talk, veteran tabletop game designer and podcaster Gil Hova will give his view on how to design board games where your theme and mechanism flow together to craft an experience for your players. We will discuss the phenomenon of ludonarrative dissonance and how it manifests on the tabletop, go through examples of games that have thematic issues, and study a few techniques that can help us avoid these pitfalls and get our game to tell a story through its mechanisms.

Visual Modeling for Teaching and Sharing Game Logic (Part 1: Intro & Overview)” presented by Marc Gurwitz. This session is an introduction to a modeling structured language that can help quickly visualize a game’s overall flow and design, and enable teachers, students, designers, and developers to share their ideas easily with others. In this session, I will introduce the language, provide an overview of the symbols and structures, and show some examples of how it can be applied during game design, using some existing game designs as examples. AGML uses some common elements from UML (Unified Modeling Language), Flow Charts, and other familiar structures to make it easy to pick up for anyone familiar with those existing languages, although modeling knowledge is not required.

Saturday, May 22
Ludic Lekgotla – Teaching Game Design in Africa” presented by Kieran Reid, Kirsten du Preez, Romeo Molongoana. This lekgotla (a public meeting where community decisions are arrived at consensus and anyone is allowed to speak) is a discussion of how we teach analogue game design in South Africa. At Wits Digital Arts, we teach all of our students how to play and design boardgames which serves as the foundations of our 4 year degree. Our teaching practice is highly iterative and reflective of the specific socio-economic context in which our students learn and live. Our students arrive with limited gaming experience/exposure, and as such our playful pedagogy is partially aimed at ludic literacies. However, the challenges that we and our students face create opportunities for interesting and meaningful pedagogical growth. Saturday 10:00AM – 11:00 AM EDT. Location: http://twitch.tv/dexconcord
“Board Games in Intercultural and Social Work Context” presented by Jean-Emmanuel Barbier, Virginie Tacq, Alexis Messina, Bruno Dupont, Yannick Deplaedt, Melissa Rogerson, Rabin Lomami. There are very few studies on the usage of games by social workers in their activity. However, games have been used as social lubricant (Walter Crist and al. 2016) since antiquity (at least!), and boardgames are often associated with togetherness and proximity of the players. It is also well documented that games can be used for pedagogical purposes. Both elements: Pedagogical use and togetherness, are central for the practice of social workers. The project ANPRAJEU aims to study the usage of boardgames by Socio-cultural workers (a barely translated type of social work in Belgium) and, for this presentation, with a special interest in intercultural contexts. We are just starting our research and are very interested to broaden our horizon outside the Belgium field by exchanging with you either directly through zoom, or through your reaction on twitch, and with our guest panelist from around the globe. For that, we will use the elicitation probes methods, by which we will suggest (or be suggested to) some sentences, keywords, anecdotes, diagrams, pictures etc. to discuss various subjects around our question. Feel free to join us and submit your own point of view, and maybe probes during these discussions.

Using Safety Tools as Creative Freedom in TTRPGS” presented by Beatrix Livesey-Stephens, Sara Tedrick Parikh. This roundtable will explore and evaluate the alleged conflict between TTRPG safety tools and creative freedom, and discuss how a variety of safety tools can in fact be used to enhance gaming narratives despite being “meta-gamey” or “breaking the game.” We will also discuss the usefulness of safety tools in TTRPGs specifically, and discuss safety tools through a lens of accessibility and consent as a whole. (Content note: I’ll be mentioning sensitive topics such as serious illness, rape etc in order to illustrate how safety tools might be used, and I expect that roundtable participants will want to discuss these too in the context of RPGs and safety tools.)

Bored to Board Games: The Evolution of Serious Tabletop Games for Medical Education” presented by Michael Cosimini, Teresa Chan, Paulius Mui, Bjorn Watsjold. Join our panel of medical educators and trainees who have developed tabletop games with diverse formats, audiences and educational goals discuss their experience. The session will focus on: – Challenges and benefits of tabletop games in the medical education setting where preclinical education is dominated by high stakes testing and clinical teaching time is limited by competing responsibilities. – How use of tabletop games can connect learners in variable stages of training and some innovations looking to use a tabletop game based framework for remote connections with social media. – Lessons from this session can be applied to other settings with learners with variable degrees of training and settings where tabletop games are relatively novel.

Shorter and Sweeter – Streamlining Your Classroom Games” presented by Evan Torner. Running games for high-school and college classes is great, but they can also involve a lot of hard work and overhead. This workshop lets us come up with ways of reducing cognitive load and extraneous game details, so that the final product that the students play will be focused on core aspects of gameplay without sacrificing the overall lesson coherence. We’ll look at a cross-section of character designs, game rules, and content matter. Heck, we’ll even grapple with YOUR personal classroom gaming issue. Bring any educational larp or RPG you may have into the space, and we’ll take a look at it! Shareable PDF of some kind is preferred Let’s do this!

Innovation Theory and Board Game Design” presented by Simon Adderly. Join us for an exploration of how we might apply innovation theory traditionally utilised in management schools to explore new product development and apply it to the creative processes which underpin board game design.

The Playful Academic” presented by Maarten Koeners, Kieran Reid, Chris Jeansonne, Jon Cole. Conversational cafe on the emergence of playful universities – giving examples of personal practice and inviting participants to share their experiences and ideas addressing the following questions: – How to create a culture that fosters play and playfulness? – How to use games for development and support of Playful Academics? – A playful campus – how could that look like? – What research will help develop and foster playful universities? – A university toolkit for play – how could that look like?

Play and Vulnerability” presented by Joan Moriarty, J Li, Sarah Cheatle, Romeo Molongoana. Have you ever felt a spike of anxiety when you were trying to learn a new game? Have you ever taught a game to someone who worried that they might not be smart enough or creative enough to belong at the table? Feelings of fear, anxiety and vulnerability can make us believe that we can’t handle new things, can’t leave our comfort zone. But willingness to be vulnerable together with our friends can have extraordinary benefits. So how can we help each other to cope with these anxieties when we play games? Bring your experiences to the table and let’s talk!

Speaking About Wargames, in Different Languages: A Comparison of Experiences as International Wargaming Content Creators” presented by Jan Heinemann, Riccardo Masini, Fred Serval. Coming from different cultural and national backgrounds, content creators Jan Heinemann (Germany), Riccardo Masini (Italy) and Fred Serval (France) have recently joined their common knowledge to coordinate a collection of essays about wargaming in Europe and its many new design trends all over the world. But what about their different experiences as wargaming content creators on YouTube and other social media, with different approaches and different groups of viewers? Together with other prominent international content creators, this roundtable aims at highlighting the peculiar features of speaking about wargames also to non-English speaking viewers: the related difficulties caused by the language barrier and the different historical heritages, the perks granted by cultural diversity and the related criticalities, the needs of the different publics, the choice of media and style, the most requested contents and the games that prove harder to introduce, sometimes for lack of interest on the topic and sometimes even for their controversial nature in other nations. An engaging and rarely seen comparison and mutual confrontation about what it means to speak about board wargaming, a hobby born in the United States in the 1950s, also to non-US players by non-US content creators in the 2020s. Showing once again how gaming can prove to be an important bridge and connection between different cultures.

Dramaturgical Approaches to Tabletop Roleplaying Games” presented by Mike Sell, Kieran Reid. Tabletop roleplaying games are often characterized as a form of “collaborative storytelling,” but this is hardly an accurate description. Yes, storytelling is a significant part of the TTRPG experience…€”setting the scene, describing character actions, building the world. But the term “storytelling” constrains our understanding of the TTRPG experience within an exclusively narrative framework and a limited understanding of the TTRPG’s layered matrix of texts and performances. To properly assess the ways text and performance interact in the moment of play, we need to think dramaturgically. In the theatre, dramaturgs enable the director, cast, and crew to comprehend the script (including problematic elements involving race, gender, sexuality, ability, and so on), provide advice on staging, and enable a maximally meaningful audience experience. Our panelists explore the ways dramaturgical methods enable TTRPG gameplay to be coherent, entertaining, and, ideally, a wellspring for empathetic interaction and thoughtful reflection. Ultimately, they hope to demonstrate that a dramaturgical approach enables us to better comprehend what TTRPGs are and what TTRPG players do.

University World” presented by Maarten Koeners. As a student, you are a *new kid* on the block in academia and you are taking your very first steps on the path that goes with it. Very exciting, yet also daunting. This will be a period of *intense learning* together with personal and professional change, in a way you have not yet experienced before. In ‘University World’, we will play together, discovering the skills you can develop during your time at the University, while simultaneously exploring who you are mentally, emotionally and socially. The fastest path to graduate is going over the Campus Grasslands, through the Forrest of Zoom and along the coast of the Sea of Knowledge where you will find the Promised Land next to the Mountains of Ignorance. However, when you finish 1st you have not necessarily won the game – depending on the type of student you are playing, you might need to travel afar to gather the required experience, skills and mental health. You might need to venture to the County of the Unwashed Dishes, look in the Pool of Wisdom, experience the Desert of No Sleep, reflect on the Island of Therapy or brave the Valley of Death.

Analog Apps: Board Gaming and Digital Play” presented by Paul Booth. As texts, board games communicate much about the culture that produces them. In this talk, I explore how the integration of digital apps within analog board games creates a hybrid space of play that mirrors contemporary mediated experiences. I argue that the use of digital apps in board gaming is a natural outgrowth of a number of factors—the increased popularity of games, the need to reach new audiences, a change in the narrative and style of games, and the underlying structure of board games themselves. My goal with this talk is not to pass judgment on the use of digital apps within analog gaming, but to explore the nuances of this practice in order to better understand the contemporary board game environment.

Games and Game Hacks for Critical Futures” presented by Samuel Collins, Nick Mizer, Jason Morningstar. Many games lend themselves to collaborative speculation, and, indeed, some have been designed for this. These games are also (variously) open to challenges and variations that might help us critique the (mostly) derivative futures they conjure. This panel considers resources, games and tips for the formation of critical futures.

Loss Aversion and Player Psychology” by Geoff Engelstein. Loss aversion is a profound aspect of human psychology, and directly relevant to game design; it is a tool the game designer can use to elicit particular emotions in players. This interactive presentation gives examples of different aspects of loss aversion and how they have been used in various video and tabletop games.

Learning to Learn in Games” presented by Luke Jones, Katie Allred, Phil Cameron. Believe it or not, tabletop games can have an influence on how we learn not only in the game’s environment but also outside it. Games can have that magic spark that not only allows you to enjoy it with multiple play throughs, but gives you the necessary environment that helps you learn the game. not only can this help you learn the game better, but also help you learn new concepts outside the game by applying those concepts.

Visual Modeling for Teaching and Sharing Game Logic (Part 2: Discussion on Usage and Future)” presented by Marc Gurwitz. (Participation in Part 1 on Friday is recommended but not required). This session is a discussion of the AGML as introduced in the previous session. We will examine the model structure, review its viability in a classroom and collaborative design environment, and consider its applications and uses. The session is open for discussion on modifications to the modeling system and implementation of it.

+infos(oficial): https://www.dexposure.com/zoc2021.html

Aug 102020
 

Meaningful Play 2021 Conference Overview
Whether designed to entertain or to achieve more “serious” purposes, games, virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality have the potential to impact players’ beliefs, knowledge, attitudes, emotions, cognitive abilities, physical and mental health, and behavior.

Meaningful Play 2021 is a conference about theory, research, and game design innovations, principles and practices. Meaningful Play brings scholars and industry professionals together to understand and improve upon games to entertain, inform, educate, and persuade in meaningful ways.

The conference will include thought-provoking keynotes from leaders in academia and industry, peer-reviewed paper presentations, panel sessions (including academic and industry discussions), innovative workshops, roundtable discussions, and exhibitions of games and prototypes.

Conference Audience and Themes
The conference is primarily for:
industry and academic game researchers
industry and academic game designers and developers
game educators
students
government and NGOs interested in games

The three primary themes of the conference are:
exploring meaningful applications of games
issues in designing meaningful play
learning, education & games
The first theme includes an examination of games (of all types) from primarily an academic research perspective.

The second theme focuses on much more practical knowledge from the front-line of actual design, development, and use of games, virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality experiences for meaningful purposes.

The third theme is focuses the use of games for learning and education, as well as the teaching of game making and game studies within academia.

+infos(oficial): https://meaningfulplay.msu.edu/index.php

Feb 202020
 

GAME-ON®’2020
The 21st annual Simulation and AI in Games Conference
Department of Communication and Art
University of Aveiro
(https://www.ua.pt/)
Aveiro, Portugal
September 23-25, 2020

CONFERENCE AIM
The aim of the 21st annual European GAME-ON® Conference (GAME-ON®’2020) on Simulation and AI in Computer Games, is to bring together researchers and games people in order to exchange ideas on programming and programming techniques, which will be beneficial to the gaming industry and academia. Secondly it aims to steer young people into this industry by providing how-to tutorials and giving them the opportunity to show their ideas and demos to the gaming industry. The conference will concentrate mostly on the programming of games, with special emphasis on simulation, AI and fuzzy sets, and physics related computer graphics. Next to that, all of this will be fused in the topic of computer game design in stand-alone and networked games. Software providers will be able to show their latest packages and give hand-on tutorials for the participants.

GAME-ON®’2020 consists of five core tracks, which cover, Gaming Methodology, Game Theory, Gamification, Artificial Intelligence and Simulation, while the other tracks cover peripheral technologies closely linked to games design, like 3-D scalability, facial and skeletal animation, 3D in-game animation etc, Mobile Gaming and Gaming
Applications such as Serious games and Gamification in different sectors; Organizational issues when implementing games; Designing games for learning; Technologies, tools and platforms for developing games for learning; Games to teach arts, science, or business; Social and collaborative aspects of game-based learning; Multi-modal aspects of game-based learning (e.g. audio, augmented reality, virtual reality, etc); Motivational aspects of game-based learning.

This year’s event features the following new topics Deep Learning, Evolutionary (Genetic) approaches combined with Deep Learning. Procedural Generation, Real-Time Ray-Tracing (RTRT), Real-Time Path-Tracing (RTPT), Hybrid Rendering and Mesh Shaders.

KEYNOTE
Procedural Content Generation Techniques applied to Game Design and Development
Davide Gadia, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy

INVITED TALKS
The Highs and Lows of Natural Language Learning Gamification
Maxim Mozgovoy, The University of Aizu, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, Japan
Evaluation of a VR system for Pain Management using Binaural Acoustic Stimulation
Dr. Francisco José Perales López, Catedrático de Universidad CCeIA,
Dep. Matemáticas e Informatica, UIB, Palma de Mallorca, Illes Balears, Spain

TUTORIALS
Tutorials can be proposed in the following three categories:
* T1- Introductory Tutorials
* T2- State of the Art Tutorials
* T3- Software and Modelware Tutorials

Tutorial proposals should be emailed to Philippe.Geril@eurosis.org, by indicating the type of tutorial you would like to suggest. (T1, T2 or T3) before MARCH 1, 2020. A confirmation email will be sent to verify that the proposal was received.

PAPER SUBMISSIONS
All submissions will be peer reviewed by at least three members of the International Program Committee. Accepted papers will be published in the conference Proceedings (both print and electronic format), that will be copyrighted and widely disseminated.

Contributions to the technical program are solicited in the following general areas;

CONFERENCE THEMES
The conference will cover the following themes
– Games Development Methodology
– Game Theory/Multi-Agent Systems
– Gamification and Social Game Mechanics
– Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning
– Learning, Adaptation and Procedural Generation
– Intelligent/Knowledgeable Agents
– Collaboration & Multi-agent Systems
– Opponent Modelling
– Physics and Simulation/Graphical Simulation
– 3D Scalability
– Facial, Avatar, NPC, 3D in Game Animation
– Modelling of Virtual Worlds
– AI and Simulation Tools for games design
– Game Design
– Rendering Techniques, RTRT, RTPT
– Cognitive Psychology
– Affective Computing and Emotional Gaming
– Voice Interaction
– Artistic input to game and character design
– Storytelling and Natural Language Processing
– Online Gaming – Security Issues in Online Gaming
– MMOG’s
– Serious games and Gamification
– Wargaming Aerospace Simulations, Board Games etc…
– Games for training
– Games Applications in education, Government, health, Corporate
– Games Consoles
– Games Console Design
– Mobile Gaming and Vr Gaming
– Perceptual User Interfaces for Games

WORKSHOPS
Workshops on gaming, AI, simulation or software topics can be
proposed by MARCH 1, 2020.

POSTER SESSION
The poster session only features work in progress. Next to the actual
poster presentation, these submissions also feature as short papers in
the Proceedings.

PAPER SUBMISSION TYPES
EXTENDED PAPER
8 pages, single spaced, double column, including abstract, conclusions, diagrams, references).
During review, the submitted 8 PAGE EXTENDED papers can be accepted either as a regular 5 page paper or if excellent, full 8 page papers can be accepted by the program committee as an extended (8-page) paper for the conference proceedings.
Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the GAME-ON®’2020 International Program Committee.
Accepted extended papers are automatically published in a journal.

FULL PAPER
At least five pages, single spaced, double column).
Participants may also submit a 5 page paper for a regular (5 pages).
During review, the submitted 5 PAGE FULL papers can be accepted either as regular 5 page papers or if excellent, full 5 page papers can be accepted by the program committee as extended (8-page) papers for the conference proceedings.
Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the GAME-ON®’2020 International Program Committee

SHORT PAPER
At least three pages, single space, double column.
Participants may also submit a 3 page short paper. During review, the submitted 3 PAGE papers can be accepted either as a short 3 page paper or poster. or if excellent, 3 page papers can be accepted by the program committee as full five (5-page) paper for the conference proceedings.by the International Program Committee. All accepted
papers will be published in the GAME-ON®’2020 Conference Proceedings.

ONE AND TWO PAGE ABSTRACTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS
Philippe Geril
EUROSIS-ETI
European Simulation Office
Greenbridge NV
Ghent University Campus Ostend
Wetenschapspark 1
Plassendale 1
B-8400 Ostend Belgium
Tel: OO32.59.255330
Email: philippe.geril@eurosis.org

OUTSTANDING PAPER AWARD
The 2020 GAME-ON Conference Committee will select the Outstanding Paper of the Conference. The author of this paper will be awarded a free registration for a EUROSIS conference. Only papers SUBMITTED AS FULL papers will be eligible for the Outstanding Paper Award.
The free registration is valid for 2 years after the event

LANGUAGE
The official conference language for all papers and presentations is English

IMPORTANT DEADLINES
EARLY BIRD SUBMISSION DEADLINE: APRIL 20TH, 2020
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MAY 15TH, 2020
LATE SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JUNE 1ST, 2020
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE OR REJECTION: JULY 3RD, 2020
Authors provide camera-ready manuscript: AUGUST 10TH, 2020
Conference at University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, SEPTEMBER 23-25, 2020

+infos(oficial): https://www.eurosis.org/conf/gameon/2020/

Dec 072019
 

Um desvio para falar de videojogos..

“The Digital Games Research Section wants to extend the call to all scholars working in game studies. The section invites contributions dealing with digital games as cultural objects, digital gaming as a social practice, digital games as media for communication and related topics. Particular interest goes to understanding the cultural, psychological and sociological implications of digital gaming and of digital games as cultural objects and mass-market products, as well as serious applications of digital games. The section offers an interdisciplinary platform for exploring the impact and meaning of game culture(s). We welcome contributions dealing with topics traditionally associated with specific fields such as communication, but also humanities, media psychology, education science, economics and others. We deliberately aim for both qualitative and quantitative work in the belief that both deserve equal attention and are able to reinforce one another. We employ an inclusive definition of digital games as any game played on any digital device and explicitly do not limit the scope for submissions in this regard. The call is open for works dealing with both more traditional forms of digital gaming, ranging from nostalgia and retro gaming to newer innovations such as virtual reality, augmented reality, or location-based games.”

See the full call at http://www.ecrea2020braga.eu/2019/10/09/http-www-ecrea2020braga-eu-call-for-papers/

Deadline for abstracts is January 15, 2020.

Aug 062019
 

“O Colóquio Inovação em educação: balanços e perspetivas futuras inscreve-se nas atividades do CIDInE e pretende constituir-se como um momento de reflexão sobre as questões que a inovação e a intervenção em educação levantam aos investigadores, formadores, professores e outros profissionais de educação em sociedades cada vez mais complexas.”

Os temas:
Contextos e dimensões do desenvolvimento humano
Aprendizagem e construção de conhecimento
Desenvolvimento curricular e formação
Supervisão e desenvolvimento profissional e institucional
Docência e inovação no Ensino Superior

Datas:
Envio de resumos – 23 de agosto de 2019
Comunicação da aceitação da proposta – 14 de setembro de 2019
Divulgação do programa – 10 de setembro de 2019

+infos(oficial): http://coloquiocidine2019.web.ua.pt/

Jul 222019
 

Acerca:
O consórcio IPB/USAL/UAberta/UCM, formado pelo Departamento de Tecnologia Educativa e Gestão de Informação da Escola Superior de Educação do Instituto Politécnico de Bragança em Portugal, o Departamento de Didáctica, Organización y Métodos de Investigación da Universidad de Salamanca em Espanha, a Unidade de Desenvolvimento dos Centros Locais de Aprendizagem da Universidade Aberta em Portugal e o Departamento de Estudios Educativos/ Didáctica y Organización Escolar da Facultad de Educación da Universidad Complutense de Madrid em Espanha, apresentam a VI edição da conferência Ibérica de Inovação na Educação com Tecnologias da Informação e Comunicação (ieTIC2020).

Eixos temáticos: Lista de Tópicos / List of Topics
1 – Movimentos e ocorrências emergentes da e-sociedade
– Novas perspetivas de integração das TIC na educação e na formação
– TIC e sociedade
– Open source e open access
– Ética, valores e comportamentos no mundo digital
– Semantic web na Educação
– Big data e learning analitics em educação
– Internet das coisas e educação.

2- Comunicação e interação em redes de aprendizagem e formação
– Redes sociais, comunidades online e tecnologias Web 2.0
– e-learning, b-learning e m-learning, MOOCs e comunidades virtuais
– Videoconferência e outros serviços de interação síncrona e assíncrona
– Ferramentas colaborativas
– Computação em nuvem.

3 – Produção e integração de recursos educativos digitais
– Desenvolvimento de aplicações web
– Tecnologias multimédia e dispositivos associados
– Tecnologias para criação de objetos de aprendizagem multimédia
– Programação e robótica
– Realidade virtual, realidade aumentada e realidade mista
– Mundos virtuais 3D
– Serious games e virtual games
– TIC e necessidades educativas especiais.

4 – Políticas e projetos para a aprendizagem e formação com TIC
– Perspetivas nacionais e internacionais de projetos educativos com TIC
– TIC e formação inicial e contínua de professores
– TIC e aprendizagem ao longo da vida
– TIC e transformação da escola
– Projetos inovadores e experiências educativas com TIC
– Aprendizagem assistida por tecnologias.

Datas importantes:
30/11/2019 Prazo final para a submissão de resumos
31/12/2019 Prazo final para envio de revisões
06/01/2020 Notificação aos autores
12/01/2020 Prazo final para a submissão da versão revista dos resumos
05/02/2020 Publicação do livro de resumos (digital)
27 e 28/02/2020 VI Conferência Ibérica de Inovação na Educação com TIC (ieTIC2020)
29/03/2020 Prazo final para a submissão de artigos (textos integrais das comunicações orais e em poster)
26/04/2020 Notificação aos autores da aceitação dos textos
10/05/2020 Prazo final para a submissão da versão final dos textos
junho, 2020 Publicação do livro de textos selecionados da ieTIC2020

+infos(ieTIC2020): http://www.ietic.ipb.pt/

Dec 132018
 

– – – CHALLENGES 2019, call for papers – – –

Vai realizar-se nos dias 13, 14 e 15 de maio de 2019 na Universidade do Minho, a Challenges 2019 – XI Conferência Internacional de TIC na Educação, este ano tendo como temática central: “Desafios da Inteligência Artificial na Educação” e contando entre os oradores com Scott Bolland, Mathew Montebello, Benedict Du Boulay e Helder Coelho.

O programa inclui uma parte especialmente dedicada às práticas com TIC no ensino Pré-escolar, Básico e Secundário, contando com a intervenção de Marina Bers e Maria João Horta.

Está aberto o período de submissão de comunicações na modalidade de “full paper” e “short paper” até ao dia 2 de março de 2019.

As propostas podem inserir-se num dos três eixos da conferência:

(i)Tecnologias, aplicações e sistemas emergentes

(ii)Recursos, práticas, currículo e políticas

(iii)Ética, gestão, financiamento, investigação e avaliação.

Informações adicionais no website da Challenges 2019: https://www.nonio.uminho.pt/challenges/

Esperamos por si na Challenges’ 2019!

Mar 042017
 

Interessante fica para outra altura com mais tempo.. 

WEBTID: Web-based Tools for Interaction Design
Special track at ICIW 2017, June 25 – 29, 2017- Venice, Italy
The Twelfth International Conference on Internet and Web Applications and Services

The practice of Interaction Design may involve the use of various methodologies, processes, and techniques in every stage of the design cycle. Computer-based tools can support practitioners during ideation, analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation stages, as well as during management of the design cycle and communication between team members. For example, computer-based tools can be used during an ideation session to help participants create, search, associate, manipulate, and agree on a set of concepts to the used in the design of a product. In particular, cases where participants are not co-located, computer tools may help providing a shared virtual space between all participants and facilitate communication. Tools can also be used later in the design cycle, to gather usage data, e.g., through user-testing or through real-world usage, that allow the design to be improved in subsequent revisions. Computer-based tools used during interaction design may be specific to a given design technique or process, or more generic tools used also for other applications or in other day-to-day activities.

In this track, we are interested in web-based tools to support (part of) the interaction design cycle.
– Tools developed specifically for the purpose of aiding in a particular stage or method;
– Reports of reports about the usage of generic web-based tools and how they impacted in the design cycle;
– Reports that balance a technical description and an evaluation of those tools during the interaction design process;
– Reflections that show the specificities of using web technologies (differences to non-web-based tools, advantages, challenges).

Important Datelines
– Inform the Chair: As soon as you decided to contribute
– Submission: March 5
– Notification with comments for camera-ready: April 5
– Registration: April 20
– Camera ready: May 12

Contribution Types
– Regular papers [in the proceedings, digital library]
– Short papers (work in progress) [in the proceedings, digital library]
– Posters: two pages [in the proceedings, digital library]
– Posters: slide only [slide-deck posted on www.iaria.org]
– Presentations: slide only [slide-deck posted on www.iaria.org]
– Demos: two pages [posted on www.iaria.org]

Publications
– Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA Journals: http://www.iariajournals.org
– Print proceedings will be available via Curran Associates, Inc.: http://www.proceedings.com/9769.html
– Articles will be archived in the free access ThinkMind Digital Library: http://www.thinkmind.org

Paper Submission
https://www.iariasubmit.org/conferences/submit/newcontribution.php?event=ICIW+2017+Special

Contact
Jorge C. S. Cardoso, DEI, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade de Coimbra, Rua Sílvio Lima, Univ. Coimbra – Pólo II, 3030-790 Coimbra, Portugal, jorgecardoso@ieee.org

 

Aug 252015
 

A Conferência Internacional Stereo & Immersive Media 2015 (Media Estereoscópicos e Imersivos 2015) pretende reunir investigadores, artistas e arquivistas que trabalhem sobre media visuais reconhecidos pelas suas características estereoscópicas e/ou imersivas. Os ambientes estereoscópicos e imersivos têm vindo a expandir o campo do fotográfico desde o século XIX. A recuperação do interesse pelas tecnologias estereoscópicas e imersivas tem gerado oportunidades de investigação das suas raízes históricas e também dos atuais desafios lançados à cultura visual.

A conferência acolhe uma diversidade de abordagens e assuntos que poderão contribuir para a atual compreensão crítica dos media estereoscópicos e imersivos. Os temas sugeridos para as apresentações incluem:
Fotografia estereoscópica;
Práticas curatoriais e arquivísticas da fotografia estereoscópica;
Media cinemáticos imersivos;
Práticas científicas estereoscópicas;
Instalações imersivas de artes dos media;
Videojogos e realidades aumentadas;
Culturas de media visuais e hápticos.

Submissão de resumos: 21 de Agosto (primeira chamada) / 1 de Setembro (segunda chamada), 2015
Notificação de autores: 31 de Agosto (primeira chamada) / 7 de Setembro (segunda chamada)
Submissão de artigos completos: 1 de Outubro

+infos: http://stereoimmersivemedia.ulusofona.pt/programme/cfp-pt/

Oct 292014
 

Orá aqui está uma boa conferência, mas com alguns senãos: preço de registo de 1 paper -> 595 euros

CALL FOR PAPERS

17th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems
ICEIS website: http://www.iceis.org

April 27 – 30, 2015
Barcelona, Spain

In Cooperation with: IEICE/SWIM, AEPIA, AAAI, ACM SIGMIS and ACM SIGAI
In Collaboration with: IRC
Sponsored by: INSTICC
INSTICC is Member of: OMG and WfMC
Logistics Partner: SCITEVENTS

IMPORTANT DATES:
Regular Paper Submission: November 19, 2014
Authors Notification (regular papers): February 13, 2015
Final Regular Paper Submission and Registration: March 2, 2015

We would like to draw your attention to the 17th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS 2015 –http://www.iceis.org) whose submission deadline is scheduled for November 19, 2014. We hope you can participate in this conference by submitting a paper reflecting your current research in any of the following areas:
– Databases and Information Systems Integration
– Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support Systems
– Information Systems Analysis and Specification
– Software Agents and Internet Computing
– Human-Computer Interaction
– Enterprise Architecture

The conference will be sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC), held in cooperation with the IEICE Special Interest Group on Software Interprise Modelling (SWIM), Spanish Association of Artificial Intelligence (AEPIA), Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), ACM Special Interest Group on Management Information Systems (ACM SIGMIS) and ACM Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (ACM SIGAI), and in collaboration with the Informatics Research Center (IRC). INSTICC is Member of the Object Management Group (OMG) and Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC). The Logistics Partner is the Science and Technology Events (SCITEVENTS).

The purpose of the 17th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS) is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in the advances and business applications of information systems. Six simultaneous tracks will be held, covering different aspects of Enterprise Information Systems Applications, including Enterprise Database Technology, Systems Integration, Artificial Intelligence, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Analysis and Specification, Internet Computing, Electronic Commerce, Human Factors and Enterprise Architecture.

We would like to highlight the presence of the following keynote speakers:
– George Giaglis, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
– Witold Staniszkis, Rodan Development, Poland
– Martin Mocker, MIT, USA and Reutlingen University, Germany

ICEIS is interested in promoting high quality research as it can be confirmed by last year acceptance rates, where from 305 submissions, 15% were presented as full papers.

Submitted papers will be subject to a double-blind review process. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support.
A short list of presented papers will be selected so that revised and extended versions of these papers will be published by Springer in a LNBIP Series book.
The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Index) and Scopus.
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library (http://www.scitepress.org/DigitalLibrary/). SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/).

Best paper awards will be distributed during the conference closing session. Please check the website for further information (http://www.iceis.org/BestPaperAward.aspx).

A Doctoral Consortium on Enterprise Information Systems will take place in conjunction with ICEIS and aims to provide an opportunity for graduate students to explore their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished experts in the field (http://www.iceis.org/DoctoralConsortium.aspx).

Workshops, Special sessions, Tutorials as well as Demonstrations dedicated to other technical/scientific topics are also envisaged: companies interested in presenting their products/methodologies or researchers interested in holding a tutorial are invited to contact the conference secretariat. Workshop chairs and Special Session chairs will benefit from logistics support and other types of support, including secretariat and financial support, to facilitate the development of a valid idea.

ICEIS 2015 will be held in conjunction with ENASE (www.enase.org) and GISTAM (www.gistam.org) in Barcelona, Spain. Registration to ICEIS will enable free attendance to any sessions of the co-located conferences as a non-speaker.

+infos(ICEIS): http://www.iceis.org/