About

Ian Horswill is an associate professor of computer science at Northwestern University. He is a member of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, where he is director of the division of graphics and interactive media, and was co-founder of Northwestern’s Animate Arts program.

His research interests include interactive entertainment technologies, and cognitive modeling for virtual characters, particularly modeling of emotion and personality.

He is associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Computer Games (TCIAIG) and a member of the board of directors of the Society for the Advancement of the Science of Digital Games. He has chaired the standing committee of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence’s Fall and Spring Symposium Series, as well as the 2009 International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games.

He is currently program chair of the Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment 2013 (AIIDE '13).

Education

PhD, Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

MS, Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Bachelor of Computer Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Research Interests

Interactive entertainment technologies; cognitive modeling for virtual characters, particularly modeling of emotion and personality

Significant Recognition

2003, 2nd place, best paper award, International Conference on Virtual Story Telling, Toulouse FR

2002, AAAI Benjamin Weigbreit Award for Integrating AI Technologies for GRACE project (shared with CMU, NRL, Swarthmore, and TRACLabs)

2001, AAAI Nils Nilsson Award for Integrating AI Technologies for Cerebus project

1994, MIT Sproull Dissertation Award

1993, Nominee, ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award