The photo exhibits an online interactive testing environment running in the Google Chrome browser with three components labeled: (a) a video recording of a professional Dota 2 esports match, (b) a map with interactive icons that appear according to game events, and (c) a map overlay that provides text interventions to the viewer when icons are clicked. This is from a project that falls under narrative and cognitive modeling, and was published at ACM Interactive User Interfaces 2021.
This graph represents all possible choices a player can make in a simple text game visualized as 36 choice nodes in 15 trees. This project falls under narrative modeling and generation, search, automated game design, and procedural content generation. It was published at the International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games 2019.
The Niantic X RIT Geo Games and Media Research Lab is recruiting two Ph.D. students to work on the following two topics around geo games:
People-place relationships, civic engagement
Accessibility and inclusion
The successful candidates must hold a BSc or MSc in a related field (E.g. Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Information Science, etc.), and show a great interest in performing high-quality research. They must demonstrate experience in software development. Creativity, communication skills, independence, team working, and being comfortable engaging with users of geo games are valuable advantages. Academic publications as well as a track record of prior participation in research projects is desired (but not required). A good level of technical and scientific English is required.
The positions are full-time and fully funded. Aside from receiving a full tuition waiver and a 12-month stipend, the successful candidates will also receive a budget to support the projects' costs and dedicated research space.
The positions are based in Rochester, NY in the School of Interactive Games and Media which is housed in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences of Rochester Institute of Technology.