Alumni

Christoffer Holmgrad

I'm a Postdoctoral Associate at the Game Innovation Lab. I do research at the crossroads of cognitive psychology, game theory and design, and artificial intelligence. My work is focused on decision making in games, procedural personas for game design support, and the use of games as profiling and assessment tools. Before I joined the Game Innovation Lab, I did my PhD at the IT University of Copenhagen. Even earlier, in the distant past, I did a BA in psychology at the University of Copenhagen. I also worked as a researcher at the Institute of Military Psychology of the Royal Danish Defence College where I focused on longitudinal studies of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as assessment and selection of personnel for roles ranging from conscripts to fighter pilots. I am active in game development as a member of the game curatorial group Copenhagen Game Collective, a partner in the critically acclaimed game studio Die Gute Fabrik, and a co-founder and -owner of applied game design and development group, Duck and Cover Games. I love playing all kinds of games, digital and analogue, but especially social games and turn-based or real-time strategy. If you play Clairvoyance, I'm holmgard - shoot me a game invite!
Holly Robbins

Holly is a master's candidate at NYU’s program in Media Culture and Communication. Under the guidance of her advisor, Katherine Isbister, Holly applies her background in anthropology to her current studies in human and computer interaction. Her work and research pertains to user experience and interaction design, especially for large public displays.
Edward Melcer

I'm a PhD student in the Computer Science department. My research interests include Educational Games and Technology, HCI, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Affective Computing, and Novel Interfaces. I have also placed as a finalist or won several educational game development contests such as the Future Game Designer Challenge and the 2nd Annual Games for Learning Design Competition. I love all aspects of games and in my free time I often build them as a hobby. eddie.melcer@nyu.edu http://edwardmelcer.net/
Michael T. Astolfi

Michael T. Astolfi is a game designer, researcher, and improviser who uses evolutionary psychology to make and study video games.  He holds a B.A. in Evolutionary Psychology from Boston University, and a Master's in The Design and Psychology of Video Games at New York University.  Mike is the Lead Game Designer and a Co-Founder of Blacktorch Games, a New York-based mobile game developer. Blacktorch's first game, Don't Fry the Frog!, is available now on the App Store.  With another collaborator, Aaron Rasmussen, Mike is developing a video game with no graphics called, BlindSide. This audio-only game delivers an identical play experience to both sighted and visually impaired gamers. Find out more about Mike and check out his TEDx talk on the Evolutionary Psychology of Video Games on his website, www.michaeltastolfi.com.

Bert Buchholz

My main research interest is in Computer Graphics, more specifically photorealistic and non-photorealistic rendering. The latter, in particular, has strong ties with research into human perception. I also worked on an educational game in collaboration with NYU Poly's chemistry department intended to familiarize middle schoolers with basic chemical principles.

Xiaofeng Chen

I’m a Master's student in the Computer Science department at NYU-POLY and a Graduate Assistant working on IOS game development under Katherine Isbister in Game Innovation Lab. I’ve made several IOS games by myself before and currently, I’m working on a multiplayer movement-tracking dance game called Yamove and a movement-based duel game called Void Blade. My areas of interest are movement tracking and multiplayer game design.

Tejas Fulkar

I'm a graduate student pursuing my Master's Degree in Integrated Digital Media. My work here involves social media, photography of all the cool things happening and help with tech events taking place. My interests lie in Augmented Reality, UX/UI design and the way we interact with new technologies. In my free time I play flappy bird.

Rahul Rao

I'm a gamer and I love playing games and developing games.

I have a Masters degree in Digital Media (HCI) from NYU-Poly.  My interests lie in gaming and how movement affects emotion and immersion in games.
I worked as the lead developer on the movement-based math game Scoop!, using the Kinect; the original concept and idea for which was designed by me.
I am also a software developer at Atomic Software, where I build web based and IOS based applications for the publishing industry.
I have conducted usability tests for THQ's Kaos studios for their recently released AAA title, Homefront.
Before the math game, I was working on creating and developing a data set for the Wii study conducted by the GiL.

I love to see a concept blossom into a full fledged application, which is why I love playing… ahem!… collaborating and tinkering in the Game Innovation Lab. :D

Contact: rao dot rahul at hotmail dot com

Eric Rosenzweig

Eric has worked as a designer and programmer on a number of educational games including Desdemona, Equation Blocks, and the award-winning Prime Beef! His specialties include graphics and gameplay programming.  He is also an avid gamer, pianist and comic genius.  HIs work can be found at http://www.amalgam.es/. 

Shilpan Patel

My adviser is Prof. Katherine Isbister. I have been working recently on developing game for Spatially-Aware Mobile Displays. Previously, I have been working as an Android Developer and a Java Developer and I have completed my undergrads in India.

Cao Gang

CG is usually a low-key fancy geek unless you want to talk about Manchester United, karaoke or white rice.  He worked on the Ya-Move & Brooklyn Blooms projects and is an on-going research collaborator with the GIL.

Napa Sae-Bae

I am Napa Sae-Bae, a PhD candidate at computer science department, NYU-Poly. Prior to join NYU-Poly, I completed my BA(Telecommunication Engineering)from KMITL, Thailand. My current research focuses on biometric pattern recognition including its security and usability aspect. My ongoing project is to develop user authentication tools based on touch devices, online signature and multi-touch gesture, for example.

Anand Chandrasekaran

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