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.
Giovanni Ribeiro is a games user research student pursuing a M.A.Sc in Systems Design Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Lennart Nacke at UW. He was the first Waterloo student to be enrolled in the Saskatchewan-Waterloo Games User Research (SWaGUR) program and is currently doing final reviews on his thesis entitled Atmosphere & Challenge - An Exploration of Dissonant Player Experiences. In it, he explores the prediction of gaming session duration and the concept of game atmosphere. With a background in Psychology, he is interested in improving player experience through careful collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative research data.
Giovanni has been awarded the Ontario Graduate Scholarship as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology. He has also attended the CHI PLAY 2017 and CHI 2018 conferences.