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GATE final publication 2012
Results from the GATE research project
a 75 page overview (pfd 4.7 Mb)
GATE Magazine 2010
a 36-page overview of the GATE project (pdf 5.3 Mb)
Pilot Education Story Box
Pilot Education Carkit
Pilot Safety Crisis management
Pilot Healthcare Scottie
Pilot Healthcare Wiihabilitainment
Knowledge Transfer Projects:
Glengarry Glen Ross
Enriching Geo-Specific Terrain
Pedestrian and Vehicle Traffic Interactions
Semantic Building Blocks for Declarative Virtual World Creation
Computer Animation for Social Signals and Interactive Behaviors
Center for Advanced Gaming and Simulation
Department of Information and Computing Sciences
P.O. Box 80089
3508 TB Utrecht
Tel +31 30 2537088
ICTRegie is a compact, independent organisation consisting of a Supervisory Board, an Advisory Council, a director and a bureau. The Minister of Economic Affairs, and the Minister of Education, Culture and Science bear the political responsibility for ICTRegie. The organisation is supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and SenterNovem.
Feifei Huo will defend her PhD thesis:
"Vision-based 3D Human Motion Analysis in a Hierarchical Way"
Date and time: June 27, 2013, 15.00 hours.
Location: Aula Delft University of Technology
Marieke Thurlings will defend her PhD thesis:
Brain-Computer Interfaces based on multisensory Event-Related Potentials.
Date and time: Wednesday May 8, 2013, 14.30 hours.
Location: Academiegebouw, Domplein 29, Utrecht.
Tim Tutenel has defended his PhD thesis: Semantic Game Worlds,
17 December 2012 at Delft University of Technology.
Ioannis Karamouzas wil defend his PhD thesis: Motion Planning for Human Crowds: from Individuals to Groups of Virtual Characters.
Date and time: Wednesday August 29, 2012, 16.15 hrs.
Location: Academiegebouw, Domplein 29, Utrecht.
The Citizen Scientist on the Move conference, is a three-day international conference about citizen science; two invitation-only days with paper sessions and talks leading up to an edited volume (25-26 June); one larger public event with keynote talks and project presentations (27 June).
The conference is part of a Knowledge Transfer Project between Utrecht University's Center for the Study of Games and Play and 7scenes. A partner for this conference is the Waag Society
Joske Houtkamp will defend her PhD thesis:
Affective appraisal of virtual environments.
Date and time: Wednesday July 4, 2012, 14.30 hours.
Location: Academiegebouw, Domplein 29, Utrecht.
Douglas Rushkoff will defend his PhD thesis:
Monopoly Moneys: The media environment of corporatism and the player's way out.
This research project is part of the GATE research program.
Date and time: Monday June 25, 2012, 16.15 hours.
Location: Academiegebouw, Domplein 29, Utrecht.
The ‘Burgemeestergame', developed by TNO, Utrecht School of the Arts, Thales and T-Xchange in the pilot Safety, will be made available for safety regions as a web-based training instrument through 'Academie voor Crisisbeheersing, Nederlands Instituut voor Crisisbeheersing (NIFV).
More information at the website of NIFV .
On Thursday February 16, 2012, the GATE project organized its final symposium:
‘Challenges for Serious Gaming Research'.
In this symposium we showed results from pilots, research, and innovation, and looked ahead at future developments. How will game technology help address the grand challenges for our society? What is needed for creating engaging virtual worlds, populated by meaningful virtual characters, which initiate natural interaction, and result in effective transfer of gaming? The program consisted of a mix of presentations, and demo's. Anyone could play with the results of our innovative game pilots in education, health, and safety. The participants were enthusiastic, and there was a lot of playful interaction. More information about the program and the presentations.
On February 16, 2012 the GATE symposium 'Challenges for serious gaming research' was held. During this symposium the GATE final publication 2012: 'Growing knowledge for games, results from the GATE research project' was presented. You can download the complete magazine (pdf 4.7 mb).
Masterclasses Gaming Technologies about the applications of serious gaming in safety, health and education will be held on March 29, April 12 and April 19 from 16.00 until 20.00 hours. Location: Oude Amersfoortseweg 131, Hilversum. Entrance is free but it is mandatory to register for the meetings. More information.
The final GATE symposium ‘Challenges for Serious Gaming Research' will be held Thursday February 16, 2012, at Utrecht University, building Educatorium. Please reserve this date in your agenda!
In this symposium we will show results from pilots, research, and innovation, and we will look ahead at future developments. How will game technology help address the grand challenges for our society? What is needed for creating engaging virtual worlds, populated by meaningful virtual characters, which initiate natural interaction, and result in effective transfer of gaming?
The program consists of a mix of presentations, demo's, and playful interaction. You can play with the results of our innovative game pilots in education, health, and safety.
More information about our program and the presentations.
During the GATE symposium Game Innovation on July 8, 2010, two movies were shown.
The first movie gives a high-speed visual overview of the work done in the GATE project.
The second movie gives some further information about the importance and relevance of the GATE project for the serious game research in the Netherlands.
Watch both movies.
Herwin van Welbergen, September 9, 2011: Behavior Generation for Interpersonal Coordination with Virtual Humans
Joost Westra, October 19, 2011: Organizing Adaptation using Agents in Serious Games
Erik van der Spek, October 26, 2011: Experiments in Serious Game Design
Maaike Harbers, November 2, 2011: Explaining agent behavior in virtual training
Michal Sindlar, November 7, 2011: In the Eye of the Beholder: Explaining Behavior through Mental State Attribution
Ruben Smelik, November 30, 2011: A Declarative Approach to Procedural Generation of Virtual Worlds.
Sander Jansen, January 25, 2012: Human Obstacle Avoidance Behaviour during Locomotion: Strategy Changes as a Result of Visual Field Limitation
Joske Houtkamp, July 4, 2012, 14.30 hrs.: Affective appraisal of virtual environments
Ioannis Karamouzas, August 29, 2012, 16.15 hrs.: Motion Planning for Human Crowds: from Individuals to Groups of Virtual Characters.
More information about the 19 GATE PhD dissertation defenses.
The European Research Council has awarded GATE researcher Sybille Lammes with a prestigious ERC Starting Grant (1.5 million euro) for her research project Charting the Digital. This research project will involve Lammes as principal investigator, a postdoc and two PhD positions. One of the focus points is the study of mapping interfaces in games. In Multi Massive Role Playing Games for example, mapping practices are an important part of the game play as well as fan cultures (e.g. fantasy maps). The Utrecht University press release (in dutch).
Teun Dubbelman, a GATE PhD candidate, has received the prestigious Fulbright scholarship for PhD fellows. He will spend three months at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to further develop design guidelines for story-based computer games. Dutch designers of gaming companies have expressed a need for just that kind of knowledge. MIT has the right expertise to translate theoretical concepts into the practice of game design. With his research scholarship, Dubbelman hopes to build a bridge between scientific research and the practice of game development. The press release from Utrecht University can be found here.
The Executive Board (College van Bestuur) of Utrecht University has awarded the Faculty of Humanities a subsidy (30.000 euro) to develop an International Master Degree Game Studies. In the academic year 2011-2012 we will organize expert meetings with game researchers of the IT University of Copenhagen (Msc in Games), the University of Potsdam (Digital Games Research Center), the University of West of England (Play Research Group), and the University of Tampere (Game Research Lab). For more information, contact Joost Raessens (J.Raessens(at)uu.nl).
Starting in college year 2011-2012 (block 3), the Faculty of Humanities will be offering a minor in Game Studies. This is meant for students with a broad interest in play and games, with an emphasis on computer games. As such, the minor provides ample opportunity to investigate play and games from various perspectives, including art history, communication studies, literature studies and (new) media studies. The minor program offers an overview of different ways to study games as objects, but also games and play as cultural phenomena which have become an important part of popular culture. More detailed information about the minor in Game Studies can be found here (in Dutch).
ICTDelta 2011 will be held November 16th. Location: World Forum Den Haag. The theme of this conference is: ‘Samenwerken aan de toekomst van ICT en Innovatie'.
GATE will be present at the demo-market with two demonstrators: the ‘Burgemeestergame' developed by TNO, Thales and HKU in the Pilot Safety and the ‘Wiihabilitainmentgame' developed by HKU in the Pilot Healthcare. Michiel Westermann of Motek Medical will hold a presentation about the GATE knowledge transfer project ‘Real-time Physics Based Motion Controllers for Animated Characters' and knowledge transfer to companies in general.
For more information and registration: http://www.ictdelta2011.nl/
Utrecht University organizes the Creative Game Challenge, a game creation competition for all students in VWO, HAVO and VMBO. The theme of this year's competition is 'botsingen'.
Please visit www.creativegamechallenge.nl/ for more information and registration for the competition.
The fourth international conference on Motion in Games will be organized in Edinburgh, UK from November 12-15, 2011.
Games have become a very important medium for both education and entertainment. Motion plays a crucial role in computer games. Characters move around, objects are manipulated or move due to physical constraints, entities are animated, and the camera moves through the scene. Even the motion of the player nowadays is used as input to games. Motion is currently studied in many different areas of research, including graphics and animation, game technology, robotics, simulation, computer vision, and also physics, psychology, and urban studies. Cross-fertilization between these communities can considerably advance the state-of-the-art in this area. The goal of the Motion in Games conference is to bring together researchers from this variety of fields to present the most recent results and to initiate collaboration.
MIG 2011 is a GATE sponsored event.
For more information, please visit the website: http://www.motioningames.org/
Games for Health Europe Conference
October 24th and 25th 2011, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Building on the successful editions in Boston (MA, USA) the first edition of ‘Games for Health Europe' will be held October 24th and 25th 2011 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. More than 500 attendees from Europe, USA and Asia will participate in inspiring presentations, experience state of the art demonstrations and share knowledge in informative workshops. Conference content will be provided by a wide range of researchers, game developers and medical professionals. Also the conference will provide a central stage for discussions on how IT technology with a specific focus on gaming and simulation can contribute to the improvement of health and health care. More information in the attached pdf file.
In NRC Handelsblad and NRC Next, August 11, 2011, an article about the Pilot Safety Mayors Game:
Extreem-rechts wil BBQ, wat nu?
In DNB Magazine issue 3, July 2011: Dossier De game-industrie: "De gamesector is veelzijdiger dan ooit. In het creatieve Nederland zijn alle ingrediënten aanwezig om internationaal flink te concurreren."
You can find the article in the attached pdf file.
On Monday May 30, 2011, GATE has organized a meeting on future game research.
Our goal is to produce a vision on the opportunities and challenges for game research in the Netherlands.
At this meeting presented initial thoughts, and the following discussions, will provide additional ideas. These will be input to a broad vision report that will present aspects such as:
Erik van der Spek (PhD student GATE WP 4.3, 'Learning with simulated worlds,) is interviewed as expert in serious games by the popular science magazine Quest. The article will be published in Quest Psychologie nr. 2, June 2011. (In Dutch.)
On July 8, 2010 the GATE symposium Game Innovation was held. During the symposium the results of the GATE project during the first 3 years were shown. As part of the symposium a magazine was produced containing an easy readable overview of the work done. You can download the complete GATE Magazine (pdf 5.3 Mb) here.
Utrecht University organizes the Creative Game Challenge, a game creation competition for all students in VWO, HAVO and VMBO. The theme of this year's competition is Water.
Please visit www.creativegamechallenge.nl/ for more information and registration for the competition.
Joost Westra of work package 4.1 (with Frank and Virginia Dignum) is featured in Science magazine, vol 330, 1 October 2010. Science is the academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is considered one of the world's most prestigious scientific journals. You can find the article in the attached PDF file.
Dr. Jelte Bos houdt bij zijn benoeming als bijzonder hoogleraar Vestibulaire bewegings- en orientatiewaarneming aan de Faculteit der Bewegingswetenschappen van de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, op donderdag 17 maart de oratie getiteld:
Gaan, staan, kijken en kokken met het evenwichtsorgaan
Tijd: donderdag 17 maart om 15.45 uur
Plaats: de aula van de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105
Voorafgaand aan de oratie van dr. Jelte Bos wordt vanaf 12.00 uur het symposium gehouden: Gaan, staan, kijken en kokken met het evenwichtsorgaan. Meer informatie.
The next DiGRA Annual General Meeting will be held on 28th January to coincide with a regular meeting of national Chapter DiGRA Netherlands. More information.
By October 1, 2010, the Department of Information and Computing Sciences will move to a new location: Buys Ballot Laboratorium, Princetonplein 5, 3584 CC Utrecht. You will find the GATE office on the 4th floor of BBL, room 415.
Prof.dr. Joost Raessens houdt op vrijdag 19 november zijn oratie getiteld:
De ludische wending in de mediatheorie
Tijd: vrijdag 19 november 2010, 16.15 uur.
Plaats: de Aula van het Academiegebouw, Domplein 29 te Utrecht.
Na afloop wordt een receptie gehouden in de Senaatszaal.
RSVP vóór 19 oktober a.s.: stuur een e-mail naar OratieRaessens@uu.nl
On July 8, 2010, the GATE project organizes its third symposium. During this symposium we will highlight the many exciting results the project achieved during the past three years in the development of innovative game technology, game design, and game applications. For more information about our program and for registration click here.
The Third International Conference on Motion in Games 2010 will be held 14-16 November 2010.
Games have become a very important medium for both education and entertainment. Motion is currently studied in many different areas of research, including graphics and animation, game technology, robotics, simulation, computer vision, and also physics, psychology, and urban studies.
For more information about the conference please visit http://www.motioningames.org/
The Center for Advanced Gaming and Simulation (AGS) and the Dutch chapter of DIGRA organize meetings for the Flemish and Dutch game researchers four times a year . We meet at the Faculty Club Helios. Address: Achter de Dom 7a, Utrecht.
The meetings normally consist of two lectures, followed by some drinks for further discussions. The meetings will be held in English. Participation in these meetings is free. It is necessary, though, to register.
For the next year we have scheduled four meetings. They are again on Fridays from 15.00-18.00 hours:
October 16, 2009, January 15, 2010, April 23, 2010 and June 18, 2010.
The meeting on Friday June 18, 15.00 - 18.00 hours has been cancelled!
Utrecht University and sponsors organize the Creative Game Challenge, a game creation competition for all students in VWO, HAVO and VMBO. The theme of the competition is Beasts.
Game Maker must be used to create the game. See www.creativegamechallenge.nl/ for more information and registration for the competition.
On Wednesday afternoon, February 10, 2010, the GATE project organizes, in collaboration with the DGA, the meeting Research Meets Business. The goal of this meeting is match-making between the researchers in the GATE project and developers in the Dutch game industry, to stimulate future collaboration. For more information and registration click here
During the past months a considerable amount of effort has been put in the definition of GATE knowledge transfer projects. Three of these projects have been started in the meantime, two more are in the final stages of the decision process and some more are currently being defined. Needless to say, the knowledge transfer projects are very important for the GATE project. They demonstrate that the research results developed in the project are of great importance to Dutch industry. Through the projects industry can benefit from the achievements of the GATE project. In this newsletter you find some information about the three projects that have been started.... more
The 9th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents will be held 14-16 September 2009 in Amsterdam. The IVA conference, with the special theme games, is very relevant for the GATE community.
The extended submission deadline for short/long papers is: 26 April. There will also be a GALA Challenge with jury award for best student submissions - of 2-4 movie, with (optional) publication in the IVA09 proceedings.
More information is to be found at: http://iva09.dfki.de/.
PhD students in the GATE project are currently following a course on science communication. As part of this course they will create a presentation for a general public about their recent research. On Tuesday June 30 they will give these presentation during a meeting in the Kanunnikenzaal of the Faculty Club Helios of Utrecht University (address: Achter de Dom 7a, Utrecht). The meeting will start at 11.00 hours and run until 14.30 hours and includes a lunch. Attendance to the meeting is free but it is necessary to register. For more information and registration click here.
On June 16th, 2009, Utrecht University is organizing the 3AMIGAS workshop, which is sponsored by the GATE and the FOCUSK3D project. This workshop is about the creation and use of advanced 3D media in gaming and simulation. Simulations and games take place in virtual worlds. Such worlds can either be models of existing environments or can be fictitious. They can have a very realistic look-and-feel or they can be imaginary. To create adaptive game play and simulations, dynamic world models are required that can automatically be adapted to changing requirements. Virtual worlds are inhabited by virtual characters. These characters must behave in natural ways, based on the way they sense their environment and based on their own internal emotional state and relations to other characters. The virtual characters should be able to adapt to the situation at hand. They should react and plan their actions, and smart objects should react to interaction. In augmented worlds, natural navigation and interaction is a real challenge due to limitations in multimodal control and feedback technology and due to limitations in the understanding and true-to-life modeling. Traditional interfaces are generally not natural and demand substantial cognitive resources. All these issues are aspects of advanced 3D media. For more information about the workshop and for registration, please visit: http://www.cs.uu.nl/events/3amigas/.
The Human Media Interaction (HMI) department of the University of Twente in the Netherlands and the Computer Graphics Society (CGS) are pleased to announce the 22nd Annual Conference on Computer Animation and Social Agents (CASA 2009) to be held on June 17-19, 2009 in "Het Trippenhuis", Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
CASA is the leading international conference in the field of computer animation and social agents. CASA 2009 will provide great opportunities to interact with leading experts, share your own work, and educate yourself through exposure to the research of your peers from around the world. In addition, make friends and experience wonderful Amsterdam. The conference venue is located on one of the famous canals of Amsterdam.
The CASA conference is extremely relevant for the GATE community. Invited talks are by Volkert Blantz on morphable models and by Franck Multon on virtual humans and sport interactions. During CASA 09 a special session will be devoted to the GATE project. CASA is a GATE sponsored event. GATE PhD students can profit from this. More information about CASA and how to attend can be found at http://hmi.ewi.utwente.nl/casa09.
INTETAIN 09, Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment.
The Human Media Interaction (HMI) department of the University of Twente in the Netherlands and the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (ICST) are pleased to announce the Third International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment to be held on June 22-24, 2009 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Intetain 09 intends to stimulate interaction among academic researchers and commercial developers of interactive entertainment systems. The global theme of this third edition of the international conference is "Playful interaction, with others and with the environment". INTETAIN 2009 has invited talks by Michael Mattheas on storytelling, Matthias Rauterberg on entertainment computing, and Antonio Camurri on non-verbal full body emotional and social interaction.
During INTETAIN 09 a special session will be devoted to the GATE project. INTETAIN is a GATE sponsored event. GATE PhD students can profit from this. More information about INTETAIN and how to attend can be found at http://hmi.ewi.utwente.nl/intetain09/program
The celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Department of New Media and Digital Culture of Utrecht University will take place on Friday the 15th of May in Studio T. The day will be kicked off with a series of presentations of former student who will tell about their professional careers after their study. In the afternoon the book Digital Material: Tracing New Media in Everyday Life and Technology will be launched (AUP, eds. M. van den Boomen, S. Lammes, A.-S. Lehmann, J. Raessens and M.T. Schäfer). The first copy of the book will be presented to Prof. Wiljan van den Akker (Dean of the Faculty of Humanities). Afterwards academics and artist will reflect upon the theme of the book.... more
MUSE is a trans-disciplinary working group at Utrecht University that brings together the various disciplines and groups that study serious games, such as educational psychology, teacher training, new media and digital culture, informatics, information sciences, technology, business science, pedagogy, etc. There are strong ties between Muse and the research in Theme 4 of GATE: Learning with Simulated Worlds and the pilot Education. The next MUSE meeting is on April 20. For more information on MUSE, please see http://www.surfgroepen.nl/sites/muse/.