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Monday, March 2 & Tuesday, March 3

The GDC Education Summit is dedicated to bringing forward the most innovative and exciting ideas in game education today. Attendees will discover new experimental and inventive educational approaches as well as best practices that they can bring back to their faculty and classrooms. The summit brings together educators from established game development programs with new game course creators that want to understand the challenges they'll face in the next few years. It is a great professional development opportunity that will explore how new areas of game education will advance the field for the next generation of students.

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Tracy Fullerton
USC School of Cinematic Arts
Tracy Fullerton, MFA, is director of USC Games, the #1 ranked university games program in North America. An experimental game designer with more than 20 years of experience in industry and academic development, Tracy holds the Electronic Arts Endowed Chair in Interactive Entertainment at USC and directs a game research center, the Game Innovation Lab, that has produced several of the most influential projects to be released in the emerging field of independent games, including games like Cloud, Flow, Darfur is Dying, The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom and The Night Journey - a collaboration with media artist Bill Viola. Tracy is also the author of "Game Design Workshop: A Playcentric Approach to Creating Innovative Games," a design textbook in use at game programs worldwide. Prior to entering academia, she was a professional game designer and entrepreneur making games for companies including Microsoft, Sony and MTV, among many others.
Katherine Isbister
New York University
Katherine Isbister has a joint faculty appointment between the NYU Game Center and the computer science department at NYU's School of Engineering. Isbister is research director of the Game Innovation Lab at NYU. Her research focuses on designing games that heighten social and emotional connections for players, toward innovating design theory and practice. Her lab's games have been featured in venues including IndieCade (Yamove! Finalist in 2012), the World Science Festival, and museums such as the Liberty Science Center. Isbister's book on game character design --- "Better Game Characters by Design: A Psychological Approach" --- was nominated for a Game Developer Magazine Frontline award. Her edited volume, "Game Usability," brings together best practices in game playtesting and user research.
Michael Mateas
UC Santa Cruz
Michael is recognized internationally as a leader in AI-based interactive entertainment. He is currently a faculty member in the Computer Science department at UC Santa Cruz, where he holds the MacArthur Endowed Chair. He founded and co-directs the Expressive Intelligence Studio, one of the largest technical game research groups in the world and is also the founding director of the Center for Games and Playable Media at UC Santa Cruz. Credits include Prom Week, a social simulation-based interactive story and puzzle game, and Facade - the world's first AI-based interactive drama. Michael has given numerous keynote addresses and paper presentations at conferences worldwide. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Ian Schreiber
Rochester Institute of Technology
Ian Schreiber has been in the industry since the year 2000, first as a programmer and then as a game designer. He has worked on six published game titles and two serious game projects, and is a co-founder of Global Game Jam. Ian has taught game design and development courses at a variety of two-year and four-year schools, and is currently an assistant professor at RIT.