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Seth Cooper: Solving Difficult Problems with Video Games

March 24 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Solving Difficult Problems with Video Games

Abstract:

Rather than solving difficult problems with a purely computational approach, combining humans and computers can provide a means for solving problems neither could solve alone. Video games provide a compelling framework for this approach: they are a natural space for problem solving and can foster the engagement necessary for people to make a contribution.  I will describe the challenges of mapping real-world problems onto games and ways to address these challenges.  As a primary example I will discuss Foldit, an online game where players help scientists understand protein structures and functions.  Foldit has had over 300,000 players over the last five years and contributed to several scientific discoveries through gameplay.  I will also discuss future applications and problem domains for video games.

Bio:

Seth Cooper is the Creative Director of the Center for Game Science at the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Washington, where he earned his PhD.  He is interested in using video games to solve difficult real world problems.  He is the chief architect and lead designer of Foldit, a video game that has allowed hundreds of thousands of players to contribute to biochemical scientific research. He is currently working on games with applications in a variety of fields, from education to nanotechnology.  He has also developed game technologies for real-time crowd simulation and character control.

Free and Open to the Public.

 

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Published on : March 18, 2014

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Start:
March 24, 2014 11:00 AM
End:
March 24, 2014 12:00 PM
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Venue

NYU-Poly Game Innovation Lab
5 Metrotech Center Brooklyn, NY 11201
Website:
gil.poly.edu

Organizer

Chris DiMauro
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The Game Innovation Lab piece will be featured in this week’s episode of SciTech Now, the weekly multiplatform magazine program that explores the nexus of fresh ideas, new technologies and scientific discoveries.

The segment will be airing in over 15 markets across the country. In the New York area, you can watch SciTech Now Wednesday 10/29 on WLIW21 at 7 p.m., Thursday 10/30 on NJTV at 10 p.m., and Saturday 11/1 at 6 p.m. on WLIW21 and 6:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

You can also view it now online here: http://scitechnow.org/videos/the-changing-gaming-industry/#

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