I am an Assistant Professor at UC Irvine in the Department of Informatics where I teach about game studies, game design, ubiquitous computing and interaction design.
I completed my PhD at SFU SIAT under the supervision of Dr. Alissa Antle,Prof. Jim Bizzocchi and Dr. Dene Grigar where I studied digital storytelling, identity transformation, games, and method acting.
Some things I'm working on:
My wife Karen and I just launched a new site to promote ourselves as makers of fun things including steampunk props and costumes.
Captain Chronomek is a steampunk superhero that Karen and I designed with Allen Bevans.
I am currently editing a book on nonverbal communication in virtual worlds with Magy Seif el-Nasr and Michael Nixon, to be published by ETC-Press sometime in the future. The book explores the current state-of-the-art in research into gesture, posture, gaze, avatar puppeteering, and social signaling in multi-user online virtual environments.
I recently wrapped up work on the Tabletop Games research group for the GRAND GRNCTY project. We studied the effectiveness of a multi-player real-time simulation game to engage families in emergent dialogues about sustainability issues.
The GRAND PLAYPR project is investigating performative embodiment in games. We developed, and are currently evaluating a tangible interactive narrative system called The Reading Glove that uses an expert storytelling system to support readers as they experience a non-linear narrative.