Serious Games

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COMS, Pervasive Interaction Research Group

Senior Lecturer Daphne Economou  from the University of Westminster, UK,  will give a guest lecture.

Serious games and gamification

“Serious games” are defined as “games that do not have entertainment, enjoyment or fun as their primary purpose”. They are simulations of real-world events or processes, designed mainly for the purpose of solving a problem. Whilst their main purpose is to train or educate users, but they have other diverse purposes as well. Gamification is the concept of using game mechanics and experience design to digitally engage and motivate people to achieve their goals.

The aim of Serious Games at Westminster Research group is to conduct strategic research that focuses on understanding the factors and approaches that contribute to effective serious games design and lead in changes in various domains including: education; culture; healthcare. Gamification is one such factor.

The presentation will review the projects and technical and theoretical issues that are tackled via the research conducted by the SG@W research group focusing on serious games and gamification.

Dr Daphne Economou short bio

Daphne Economou is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Westminster since January 2006.

She has a PhD in Virtual Reality Systems Design from the Manchester Metropolitan University, a MA in Design for Interactive Media (Multimedia) from Middlesex University and she is a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy.

Dr Economou leads the Serious Games at Westminster Research Group (SG@W) and during her academic career she successfully led to completion several research projects. She has published a long list of journal papers, peer-reviewed international conference papers and she served as program committee member in several international conferences.

She has industrial experience as Human Factors Engineer at Sony Broadcast and Development Research Labs, Basingstoke UK and she is member of British Computer Society, IEEE and British Interactive Media Association (BIMA). Dr Economou has been involved in the programme committee of several international conferences and she has organised and chaired workshops in IEEE international conferences related to serious games.
Serious games research group



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