Lennart Nacke and Frans Mäyrä to keynote at GamiFIN 2019!

GamiFIN 2019 is delighted to announce Professor Lennart Nacke and Professor Frans Mäyrä as keynotes of the conference! These distinguished scholars represent two diverse perspectives to gamification research; Prof. Nacke – human-computer interaction and Prof. Mäyrä – game cultures and society.

Professor Lennart Nacke, University of Waterloo, Canada.

Professor Nacke teaches User Experience, Human-Computer Interaction, and Game Design at the University of Waterloo. As part of the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business and the Games Institute, he is researching player experience in video games, immersive VR environments, and gameful applications, often using physiological measures together with surveys and player interviews. Professor Nacke has served on the steering committee of the International Game Developers Association Games User Research Special Interest Group in the past, was the chair of the CHI PLAY conference steering committee from 2014-2018. His publications have won Best Paper Honourable Mention (awarded to the top five percent) and Best Paper Awards (awarded to the top one percent) at the premier human-computer interaction conferences CHI 2011 and CSCW 2012. He has published more than 100 scientific papers, which have been cited more than 10,000 times. He strongly believes in understanding users first to build more engaging games and compelling player experiences

Full bio: http://www.acagamic.com/lennart-nacke/

Professor Frans Mäyrä, Tampere University, Finland.

Professor Frans Mäyrä specializes studying the role of interactive media in culture and society, especially focusing on digital culture and game studies. Mäyrä has done research on several aspects of game culture, including player experiences, the socio-cultural analysis of games, and experimental game design, and he has published numerous scientific articles and monographs related to interactive media and game studies. He has received various awards, including the DiGRA Distinguished Scholar award in 2016, and is the founding director of the Academy of Finland funded Center of Excellence in Game Culture Studies as well as the head of Game Research Lab at Tampere University.

Full Bio: http://www.unet.fi/cv/