Interactive Media & Games Winter 2015

Interactive media and games increasingly pervade and shape our society. In addition to their dominant roles in entertainment, videogames play growing roles in education, arts, science and health. This Theme brings together a diverse set of experts to provide interdisciplinary perspectives on these media regarding their history, technologies, scholarly research, industry, artistic value and potential future.

Watch ALL the presentations from Winter Quarter 2015.

1/9/2015;Keith Devlin, Ph.D.: Learning Math Through Play. Department of Math, Stanford and Co-founder of H-STAR; mediaX; Brain Quake; NPR’s Math Guy.

1/16/2015; Henry Lowood*, Ph.D.: The History of (Video) Games. History of Science and Technology Collections, Stanford.

1/23/2015; Ingmar Riedel-Kruse*, Ph.D.: Biotic Games- Playing with Living Cells. Department of Bioengineering, Stanford.

1/30/2015; Sebastian Alvarado, Ph.D.: Aligning Game Design with Science. Department of Biology, Stanford and Co-founder of Thwacke Consulting.

2/6/2015; James Newman, Ph.D.: Playing with Videogames. Superplayers, Glitch-Hunters and Codeminers. Digital Media and Director of Media Futures Research Centre, Bath Spa University.

2/13/2015; Robin Hunicke: Expanding Games. CEO and Co-Founder of Funomena, Former-Executive producer on Journey.

2/20/2015; Katherine Isbister, Ph.D.: Games Move Us – An Exploration of Design Innovations that Lead to Player Emotions. Prof. NYU Engineering School & Game Lab; Director, Social Game Lab.

2/27/2015 Sherol Chen: Intelligent Narratives: the Stories We Tell Ourselves through Digital Media. Independent Game Developer, Researcher, PhD candidate at UCSC and Educator.

3/6/2015; CANCELED! Raiford Guins: Behind The Bezel: Coin-Op Arcade Video Game Cabinets as Design History. Associate Professor, Culture and Technology, Stony Brook University.

3/13/2015; Chaim Gingold: Play Design: SimCity, Simulation, and Geology. Researcher, PhD candidate at UCSC, Independent Game Developer, Consultant, Former- Creature Creator on Spore.

Also listed as one-unit course BIOE196. Instructors Listed *. For more information contact

Also Supported By:
Bio-X, Thwacke and Bio-X Games