Game User Interaction and Intelligence Lab

Research on games, players, and AI for people


October 7, 2021 Erica is presenting at UCI Esports Conference

October 11-12, 2021 Jichen and Magy are presenting at EXAG Workshop part of AIIDE

October 11-12, 2021 Madkour is presenting at EXAG Workshop part of AIIDE

October 13-14, 2021 AIIDE Conference - Murtuza and Jimmy are presenting, Sabbir is also presenting

October 18-19, 2021 Erica is presenting at CHIPlay Conference

October 18-19, 2021 Magy is organizing Doctoral Consortium CHI Play 2021

October 21, 2021 Magy is presenting a KEYNOTE at SBGames


October 2021 Seif El-Nasr, M., Nguyen, Troung-Huy, Canossa, A., and Drachen, A. (2021). Game Data Science. Oxford University Press. Check out the book website for more information.

I am very happy to announce that our new book Game Data Science, with collaborators: Troung Huy Nguyen Dinh, Alessandro Canossa, and Anders Drachen. The book provides an introduction to Game Data Science and provides readers with labs and data to practice various parts of the game data science pipeline. It can be used by anyone who wants to learn the process of data science within the game production pipeline. It can also be used as a textbook, as the book comes with supplementary materials, and exercises.

2021 Publications/Awards

  • Zhu, J. and Seif El-Nasr, M. (2021). Open Player Modeling: Empowering Players through Data Transparency. EXAG Workshop at AIIDE.

  • Madkour, A., Marsella, S., Harteveld, C., Seif El-Nasr, M. and Van de Meent, J. (2021). Guiding Generative Graph Grammars of Dungeon Mission Graphs via Examples. EXAG Workshop at AIIDE.

  • Kleinman, E., Preetham, N., Teng, Z., Bryant, A. and Seif El-Nasr, M. (2021). "What Happened Here!?" Towards a Taxonomy for User Interaction with Spatio-Temporal Game Data Visualization. Proc. ACM Hum. Comput. Interact. 5, CHIPLAY.

  • Shergadwala, M., Teng, Z., Seif El-Nasr, M. (2021). An Approach for Computational Cognitive Modeling of Player Behaviors: Towards Player Models with a Theory of Mind. AIIDE (AI and Interactive Digital Entertainment). Poster Presentation.

  • Ahmad, S., Seif El-Nasr, M., and Elhamifar, E. (2021). Hierarchical Dual Attention-Based Recurrent Neural Networks for Individual and Group Activity Recognition. AIIDE (AI and Interactive Digital Entertainment).

  • Partlan, N., Kleinman, E., Howe, J., Ahmad, S., Marsella, S., and Seif El-Nasr, M. (2021). Design-Driven Requirements for Computationally Co-Creative Game AI Design Tools. Foundations of Digital Games.

  • Shergadwala, M. and Seif El-Nasr, M. (2021). Human-Centric Design Requirements and Challenges for Enabling Human-AI Interaction in Engineering Design: An Interview Study. Proceedings of International Design Engineering Technical Conferences Computers and Information in Engineering


  • Kleinman, E., Seif El-Nasr, M.. (2021). Using Data to "Git Gud": A Push for a Player-Centric approach to the Use of Data in Esports, In EHPHCI: Esports and High Performance HCI Workshop, 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

  • Shergadwala, M.N., Seif El-Nasr, M.. (2021). Esports Agents with a Theory of Mind: Towards Better Engagement, Education, and Engineering, In EHPHCI: Esports and High Performance HCI Workshop, 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

  • Kleinman, E., Chojnacki, S., and Seif El-Nasr, M. (2021). The Gangs All Here: How People Used Games to cope with COVID19 Quarantine. CHI 2021.

  • Carstensdottir, E., Kleinman, E., Williams, R., and Seif El-Nasr, M. (2021). "Naked and on fire":Examining Player Agency Experiences in Narrative-Focused Gameplay. CHI 2021.

  • Bunian, S., Li, K., Jemmali, C., Harteveld, C., Fu, Y.,Seif El-Nasr, M. (2021). VINS: Visual Search for Mobile User Interface Design. CHI 2021.

  • Received Honorable Mention at CHI 2021: Saksono, H., Castaneda-sceppa, C., Homan, J., Seif El-Nasr, M., and Parker, A. G. (2021). StoryMap: Using Social Modeling and Self-Modeling for Supporting Physical Activity Among Low-SES Families. CHI 2021.


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