The Games Institute acknowledges that we are living and working on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (also known as Neutral), Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
The Games Institute is pleased to announce that our recurring Brown Bag Sessions are now open to the university public. University of Waterloo faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend these events held in The Games Institute each month. For up to date information, please consult our events page regularly.
Brown Bag Sessions are informal presentations held over the lunch hour of 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Our faculty and student researchers present details on their current studies, their findings, as well as future ambitions in the world of games. These talks typically happen twice per month, on the second as well as the last Thursday.
Previous Brown Bag topics have covered a magnitude of research areas including games for health, serious games, and gamification from the perspective of a variety of disciplines.
For example, last month Dr. Ben Thompson presented details on the development of a modified video game approach to the treatment of amblyopia ("lazy-eye") that is currently the subject of two randomized clinical trials and has the potential to change the treatment of amblyopia internationally. Student researcher Elise Vist has presented on her experiences in the Supernatural fandom, both online and in person during conventions, in order to discuss the emotional nature of immersion and to explore how the topic of immersion spans beyond what the developers design into the game itself. In contrast, GI member and researcher Dr. Jennifer Whitson has presented on the topic of gamification and its implications on surveillance.
The research that is made possible by The Games Institute spans all disciplines and areas of interest within the university. Please join us on the second and the last Thursdays each month to hear about the exciting work being done in the university community.
Visit our events page for periodic updates regarding the upcoming topics of our Brown Bag Seminars. We look forward to sharing our exciting research with the faculty, students, and staff at the University of Waterloo.