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iGGi Con '22

Our annual conference iGGi Con '22 concluded last Wednesday. With around 150 attendees from academia, industry and organisations, the feedback received so far is overwhelmingly positive! Here are some of the highlights: 

05 Sep - Internal Day

In line with tradition, the first day of the 3-day conference was arranged as an internal event. After an informal start of the day with a year-group catch up and parallel staff meeting, a range of focus workshops addressed the different stages of "iGGi life" for the respective year groups (e.g., Year 1 Welcome, Thesis Writing, Knowledge Exchange, Post-PhD Career Planning, Academic Writing, etc.). A special Thank You goes out to all the supervisors who attended the iGGi Supervisor Community Session!

This was followed by the iGGi Plenary Session - in-person for the first time since September 2019! The discussion centred much around the current cost of living crisis, and in summary: a lot more work still needs to be done to adequately address the situation! The evening and night were spent socialising in town (including optional subsequent partying!).

06 Sep - 1st iGGi Con Day

The iGGi Con is a public conference and networking event (registration necessary) aimed at industry, organisations and academics who work in the field of digital games, as well as being an opportunity for the iGGi community to get status-updates on everybody's current research work. Posters - an informal session to discuss and talk about the current work of iGGi PG Researchers (PGRs) and some affiliated researchers who exhibited their posters in the foyer of the Ron Cooke Hub.

Keynotes - the wonderful Rachel Kowert and the equally wonderful Tom Cole (who is also an iGGi Alumnus) gave their talks to a very inquisitive audience - a summary of which will become available via our YouTube channel

Talks - six talks by selected iGGi PGRs belonged to the categories "Game Psychology", "Game AI", and "Applied Game Design" - speakers were Elena Petrovskaya, Laura Helsby, Bobby Khaleque, Marko Tot, Prasad Sandbhor, Michael Saiger.

Industry Panel - four representative from games industry (Rui Craveirinha, Nina Roussakoff, Tom Keane, Kish Hirani) held a panel discussion on "the perceived difference between academia-performed and industry-performed research" which saw vivid audience engagement.

After a busy day, everyone chilled out over drinks.

07 Sep - 2nd iGGi Con Day

The morning kicked off with four parallel tracks of workshops, namely

  • a Roundtable on competitive gameplay integrity in Collectible Card Games (Sahar Mirhadi, Guilherme Matos De Faria, Sunny Thaicharoen)

  • Qualitative analysis? In MY Excel? It's more likely than you think (Nathan Hughes) 

  • a Tutorial on Regret Minimization for optimal play in imperfect information games (Michael Aichmüller)

  • Accessibility beyond access: Using an APX design approach to tackle real world accessibility issues (Callum Deery, Jozef Kulik)

Lunch time coincided with the 1:2:1 Industry Meet Session in which ten fabulous individuals who work in the games industry were available for in-person chat. Participating companies included Earcom, Godolphin Games, Player Research, Safe In Our World, Sony/PlayStation, The Chinese Room, UKIE

Talks - six talks by selected iGGi PGRs belonged to the categories "User Experience", "Player Decision and Agency", and "Creative AI" - speakers were Francesca Foffano, George Long, Nick Ballou, Nathan Hughes, Kyle Worrall, Amy Smith

Keynote - last but not least the audience had the pleasure to listen to energetic Sahar Asadi's talk titled "From research to production: the journey of content production automation".

The conference concluded with closing remarks by general conference chairs Debbie Maxwell and James Walker.

A massive Thank You! also to the PGR Organising Team comprising - Sahar Mirhadi, James Goodman, Prasad Sandbhor, Michael Saiger, Florence Smith Nicholls, Francesca Foffano - you did a fantastic job! 

See you again next year - this time in London!

MARK THE DATE: 13+14 September 2023

12 Sept 2022

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