I am a Professor and Director of the Institute of Digital Games, University of Malta (UM), the co-founder of modl.ai.
I received the PhD degree in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh in 2006. Between 2007 and 2012 I was an Associate Professor at the Center for Computer Games Research at the IT University of Copenhagen. I do research at the crossroads of artificial intelligence, computational creativity, affective computing, advanced game technology, and human-computer interaction. I pursue research concepts such as user experience modelling and procedural content generation for the design of personalized interactive systems for entertainment, education, training and health. I have published over 260 journal and conference papers in the aforementioned fields.
My research has been supported by numerous national and European grants (including a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship) and has appeared in Science Magazine and New Scientist among other venues. I am currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Games and was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing between 2009 and 2017. I have been the General Chair of key conferences in the area of game artificial intelligence (IEEE CIG 2010) and games research (FDG 2013, FDG 2020). I am the co-author of the Artificial Intelligence and Games textbook and the co-organiser of the Artificial Intelligence and Games summer school series.
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