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Magy Seif El-Nasr
School of Information Science and Technology
The Pennsylvania State University
2T Thomas Building
University Park, PA 16802-2117
My research focuses on building interactive narrative systems that automate and extend existing techniques used in film and theatre. My goal is to build computational models to facilitate and accelerate the process of visual design in interactive narratives, including games, interactive drama, and interactive stories. This field spans many areas in both computer science and the performance arts, including computer graphics, Artificial Intelligence, agents research, systems, drama, acting, lighting, photography, camera movements and framing, and directing.
The problem of creating visual designs for interactive experiences is a serious and complex problem. A number of design details, including character positions and the dramatic significance of an event, are often not known at design time. My research addresses this problem by devising computational models based on visual design theories to automate the process while allowing artists to guide the model's decisions whenever necessary.
I am interested in continuing my work on interactive narrative and extending my research to explore a number of topics, including character motion and behaviors, frame composition, character blocking, and camera movement. In addition, I would like to explore the influence and utility of such expressive techniques on the interaction within an interactive experience. I am also interested in pursuing other aspects of interactive narrative, such as user-modeling and interactive narrative design.
Master's of Science, May 1998
Computer Science Department, Texas A&M University.
Modeling Emotion Dynamics in Intelligent Agents
John Yen, advisor
PhD, June 2003
Computer Science Department, Northwestern University
ELE- Expressive Lighting Engine for Automating Lighting Design in Interactive Narrative
Ian Horswill, advisor
Teaching Assistant, Computer Science Department, Northwestern University, 2000-2002
Assisted in teaching Game Design with Ken Forbus, Operating Systems with Jennifer Schopf
Research Assistant, Computer Science Department, Northwestern University, 1999-present
Assistant Lecturer, Computer Science Department, Texas A&M University, Summer 1998
Software Engineer - Analyst and Designer, Computer Sceince Department, Texas A&M University, summer 1999
Created a new accounting system for the computer sceince deparment
Teaching Assistant, Computer Science Department, Texas A&M University, 1997-1998
Graphics Designer/Sound Editor, Cairo, Egypt, 1995-1996
On Editorial Board of International Journal of Intelligent Games and Simulation
Program Committee, 2nd International Conference on Virtual
Reviewing Committee, The World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (SCI) 2002 and 2001
Member of IGDA, International Game Developers Association
Member of AAAI, American Association for Artificial Intelligence
Communication Officer, Aggie Women in Computer Science (AWICS), Texas A&M University, 1996-1998
Communication Officer, Graduate Student Council (GSC), Texas A&M University, 1997-1999