2009-10-27 Serious Games, Maria Klawe  - ACM Distinguished Speaker

A joint meeting with the

Loyola University Computer Science Department

Speaker:  Maria Klawe  - ACM Distinguished Speaker

"Serious Games"

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Loyola University Lake Shore Campus

Life Sciences Building Auditorium (Room LSB-142)

1032 W Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660

(Northwest Corner of N. Kenmore and W. Sheridan)

Campus map

Admission: Free (General Admission, No Reserved Seats) However, Please RSVP on the Chicago ACM website (chicagoacm.org) for this event to best help our group with upcoming joint ACM / Loyola University events

Ever since video games first invaded pinball arcades, there has been a parallel development in creating games for job training and education. These serious games use the same graphics, audio, and game design players expect in games like Warcraft, the Sims and Half-Life. But in these games players reach new levels during military training, while learning mathematics and exploring the sciences. And funds for developers come from the government, military, research foundations and commercial investors.

This talk describes a variety of current serious game projects including Senior Prom, a version of Dance Dance Revolution for elders, and web-based math games for K-12.

Maria Klawe is President of Harvey Mudd College (2006) and former Dean of Engineering at Princeton University.

She has made significant contributions to functional analysis, discrete mathematics, and theoretical computer science in her work at IBM Research and academia. Her current interests include interactive and multimedia interfaces in mathematics education, serious games and assistive technologies.

She has led research studies, projects and served on boards to further her lifelong passion to increase the participation of women and other under-represented groups in science, engineering and especially computer science

Maria has been President of the ACM, Trustee of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley, and has been a member of the boards of Math for America, CRA-W and Microsoft. She is an ACM Fellow, a PhD in Mathematics from the Univ. of Alberta and has been awarded several honorary doctorates.

Addtional information: An article about Maria Klawe

Public Transportation info:

Walking distance from:


On-street parking is usually very tight, but there is a parking garage that charges six or seven dollars. To get into it, you proceed north on Kenmore from W. Sheridan (right around 1032 W. Sheridan if you're using a GPS). As you proceed on that drive, it will curve left and take you to a stop sign right in front of the main entrance to the Quinlan Life Sciences Building. If you proceed straight after that, you will enter the parking garage where you get a ticket from the machine to enter. Take the ticket with you, and when ready to leave, pay at one of the ground floor machines, and then use the ticket to exit.

Although there will be no food served at this event, some of us will be meeting afterward afterward to eat and discuss the talk. (This would be at your own expense) We will meet at Moody's.

(773) 275-2696

5910 N. Broadway

( http://moodyspub.com )

They have a lot south of Thorndale on the west side of the street. It is also about a 15 minute walk from the meeting.

CTA info: The number 36 Broadway bus stops right in front and the Thorndale El stop on the red line is a two minute walk.