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Welcome to the Games Institute

The Games Institute (GI) is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Waterloo, advancing the study of games, gamification, interactive technologies and immersive environments (AR/VR).

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News Items

Our members are busy people; whether they’re taking their research to conferences, delivering keynote addresses, or running workshops at museums, we bring you the news to keep you informed on the latest research and activities.

Research Spotlights Blog

Every story offers an insider’s look into the Games Institute. How does brainstorming lead to new research directions? What really happens at the GI Game Jams? How does play-testing drive better game design? All this and more.

  1. Oct. 22, 2020Game podcast recommendations from our Discord community

    Last week on our Discord server, Games Institute members shared podcast recommendations with each other.

  2. Oct. 13, 2020Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher and Brad Mehlenbacher talk "Trusting public figures during COVID-19" in Waterloo Stories

    Waterloo Stories published a Q and A with GI members 

  3. Oct. 6, 2020Jennifer Roberts-Smith presents "Performative Relationality in Design Research" on Oct. 29

    Dr. Jennifer Roberts-Smith, GI faculty member and professor of Communication Arts, will be giving a talk for the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on October 29th, at 5:30p,m (CT).

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  1. Nov. 16, 2020Guest Talk: Research Through Design with Dr. William Odom

    What does research through design entail? Join us for a talk by Dr. William Odom from Simon Fraser University

    Dr. William Odom is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University, where he is the co-director of the Everyday Design Studio. His research specializes in the areas of research through design, interaction design, and tangible computing.

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  1. Oct. 13, 2020Racial Equity Board Games Panel on October 21st
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    In partnership with CRIT and the REDI Council, the Games Institute is hosting a Racial Equity Board Games Panel on October 21, 2020, to kick off the Racial Equity Board Games Showcase, which will take place in Winter 2021. Click to register for the panel.

  2. Sep. 2, 2020Behind the redesign of Energize, the sustainable energy game (pt. 2)

  3. Aug. 18, 2020Behind the redesign of Energize, the sustainable energy game (pt. 1)

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Meet our people

Leah Zhang-Kennedy

Lecturer, User Experience Research and Design

Leah teaches User Experience Design and Innovation at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford Campus. She joined Waterloo from an interdisciplinary background, bridging design and research from computer science, human-computer interaction, and graphic design. She has four years of industry experience working as a designer.

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