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Esports to feature at games research conference in York

News - 11 Sep 2017

Various games industry bodies have teamed up to host a games research conference in York this week.

The IGGI (Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence) Games Research Centre is launching a two-day industry conference at the University of York's new Spring Lane Building on September 14th and 15th.

The research centre runs across the Universities of York, Essex and Goldsmiths. It has £12 million funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industrial partners to fund 55 PhD students over eight years.

IGGI also works with the Digital Creativity Labs (DC Labs), an £18 million interdisciplinary laboratory and think tank focusing on research and innovation in games, interactive media and the space where they converge.

IGGI and DC Labs are researching in three areas:

  1. AI Decision Making and Machine Learning
  2. AI-Augmented Design
  3. Esports

The conference will present research by IGGI academic members, workshops and talks by external speakers.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Jo Twist, Ukie
  • Katja Hofmann, Microsoft Research
  • Samim Winiger, Creative.ai
  • Mary Flanagan, Tiltfactor


What esports research is there?

There’s a raft of different research on the Digital Creativity Labs website, including: