Seminar Talk 2015-02-25

“Computational Media: Vision and Directions”

Michael Mateas
Professor and Chair
Computer Media Department, School of Engineering
University of California, Santa Cruz

Wednesday, January 25, 2015 – 2:00pm
Humanities Gateway 1010 (Bldg. 611)

Abstract: Last fall, UC Santa Cruz created the first department of Computational Media. As an emerging discipline, computational media combines the theories and research approaches of the arts and humanities with those of computer science to analyze, explore, and enable the computer as a medium for creative expression. As the founding chair, in this talk I share my vision for computational media and illustrate this vision with example research projects.

About the Speaker: Dr. Mateas is recognized internationally as a leader in computationally-focused design and analysis approaches in playable media. He is the founding chair of the new Department of Computational Media at UC Santa Cruz. He founded and co-directs the Expressive Intelligence Studio, one of the largest technically-oriented game research groups in the world, and is also the founding director of the Center for Games and Playable Media at UC Santa Cruz. His research interests include interactive storytelling and autonomous characters, procedural content generation, AI-based interactive art, and software studies. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.