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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 interactive and immersive technologies and experiences

News Items

Games Institute members are busy people! We bring you the latest news to keep you informed on the latest research and activities of all our members.

Research Spotlights

Every Research Spotlight offers an insider’s look into the interdisciplinary research done at the Games Institute.

  1. Mar. 14, 2023Haptics Experience Lab is looking for a developer for the development of the Haptiverse research platform

    The Haptics Experience Lab is seeking a full stack developer to rebuild the Haptiverse platform from scratch within a project timeline of 1.5 to 2 months. The developer should have experience with both front-end and back-end technologies, databases, DevOps skills, communication skills, and experience with support and maintenance. The developer will be provided design/assets and any support as needed. There’s a requirement document and a preliminary database architecture available.


  2. Feb. 15, 2023GI Member Toben Racicot Presents Everything Should Be Findable: Redesigning Loot in RPGs 
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    GI member and PhD candidate, Toben Racicot (English Language and Literature) braved the weather on January 25, 2023, to present a lecture on making loot in role-playing games (RPGs) more accessible and enjoyable.

  3. Feb. 15, 2023GI Faculty Member Will Zhao and GI Collaborator Evan Jones, Discuss the Impacts and Future of Artificial Intelligence

    On January 24th, the Office of Research hosted “The AI Tsunami – Where will it take us?”, a panel discussion on the future and Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Jobsite Brewing Co. in Stratford, Ontario. Dr. Will Zhao (Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business) and Evan Jones (GI Advisory Board Member) were among those speaking on the panel. 

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  1. Dec. 5, 2022PhD Student Sid Heeg speaks at GI about refuting misinformation around farming on social media

    On October 19th, 2022, PhD student Sid Heeg (School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development) presented “Reap What You Sow: Refuting Misinformation about Farming and Farm Practices.” The talk was an overview of Heeg’s dissertation research focusing on the misinformation that circulates on social media about farmers and farming, including the effects and harms this misinformation has on the farmers themselves.

  2. Dec. 5, 2022GI Members take part in Dibaajimowin exhibition at Waterloo Region Museum

    On September 27th, the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum unveiled a new exhibit to the publicDibaajimowin | Stories From this Land.” The exhibit was assembled by Anishinaabe curator Emma Rain Smith, an MA student from Waterloo. The exhibit highlights Indigenous contributions to the region’s history with an emphasis on Urban Indigeneity. GI members Dr. Aynur Kadir (University of British Columbia) and PhD student Sid Heeg (Environment, Enterprise, and Development) took part in the design, curation, and research associated with the exhibition. The entire project is the result of the collaborative work between researchers, activists, and community members from the region, including the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University. 

  3. Oct. 25, 2022"A Discussion on Games and Health” Highlights the Effectiveness of Interactive Technologies

    On July 5th, Drs. Lili Liu (School of Public Health Sciences), John Muñoz (Systems Design Engineering), and Michael Barnett-Cowan (Kinesiology and Health Sciences) were brought together to share their knowledge and expertise on how games and interactive technologies are being used in the healthcare industry. The panel was hosted and moderated by the Games Institute’s Research Communications Officer Dr. Emma Vossen.

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Meet our people

Stacey Scott

Stacey Scott

Adjunct Professor, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo | Professor, Computer Science, University of Guelph

Stacey Scott's research and teaching interests are human-computer interaction and emerging technology design.

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