Georgios N. Yannakakis

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University of Malta

Professor and Director of Institute of Digital Games, University of Malta (UM) and the co-founder of modl.ai. I received the PhD degree in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh in 2006. Prior to joining the Institute of Digital Games, UM, in 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 and I have published over 230 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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