Wednesday, August 8 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Keynote: Katherine Isbister

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Katherine Isbister is a full professor in the University of California, Santa Cruz's Department of Computational Media, where she is Director of the Social and Emotional Technology Lab. Her research at the intersection of Human Computer Interaction and Games focuses on designing playful experiences that heighten social and emotional connections, toward innovating design theory and technological practice. Isbister’s most recent book from MIT Press is How Games Move Us: Emotion by Design, which won an American Library Association Outstanding Academic Title Choice award. Prior books include Game Usability, and Better Game Characters by Design. Her research has been covered in Wired, Scientific American, and many other venues. She was a recipient of MIT Technology Review's Young Innovator Award, and is a Founding Fellow of HEVGA as well as an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

Engineering Social Play: Technology for Being Together
Computation is seeping deeper and deeper into everyday life, altering not just how we work and communicate, but also how we play together. The gameplay environment is increasingly a hybrid of the physical and the digital, opening new possibilities and design spaces. Katherine Isbister’s research group is known for building technology prototypes that explore and also shape the future of social play*. In this keynote, she will discuss recent technical prototypes her group has built in close collaboration with larp (live action role play) designers, using these wearables as thought objects to explore values and techniques for creating tech that supports social play. Isbister will also discuss recent work in social VR and in livestreaming environments such as Twitch, aimed at developing best design practices for supporting the future of playing together. The audience should leave the talk with a broader sense of the future possibility space for social play, and points for discussion about the role technology may take in better supporting playing (and being) together.

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Katherine Isbister

Director of the Social and Emotional Technology Lab, University of California, Santa Cruz's Department of Computational Media

Wednesday August 8, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
C0E11 (Lecture Hall), Malmö University Niagara Building Nordenskiöldsgatan 1A, 211 19 Malmö, Sweden

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