Playful Virtual Characters IVA Workshop 2014

Playful Virtual Characters Workshop 2014


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This workshop is part of the IVA Conference 2014. It focuses on Playful Virtual Characters.

The workshop will be a full day workshop held Tuesday August 26, 2014.

Room: 442 Curry Center 

This activity-based workshop is about Characters that can be described as Playful.  We focus on narrative characters that can be part of a story or standalone characters and have history, goals, rich complex personality, and attitudes. The workshop will borrow from theatre improvisation and Live Action Role-Playing games (LARPs) to define playful virtual characters and situate the context for a rich interaction about what it means to develop such narrative and personality for rich playful characters.

You can register for the conference and workshop here. However, please submit a letter of participation in advance as described in our Call for Participation.


  • 9:00-9:15 – Welcome
  • 9:15-10:30 – Introductions
  • 10:30-11:00 – Coffee break in Room
  • 11:00-12:00 – Improv Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop
  • 12:30-2:00 –  Lunch at Curry food court (West Addition’s Mezzanine)
  • 2:00-3:00 –  Panel 1: Use of Playful Virtual Characters
  • 3:00-3:30 – Coffee Break in Room
  • 3:30-4:30 – Panel 2: What is Playful in Playful Virtual Characters?
  • 4:30-6:00 – LARP Workshop
  • 6:30-9:00 – Group Dinner TBD


  • Magy Seif El-Nasr, Associate Professor & Director, Northeastern University
  • Alessandro Canossa, Associate Professor, Northeastern University
  • Casper Harteveld, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University
  • Lizzie Stark, Journalist, editor, and author of Leaving Mundania, a nonfiction book about Larp


  • Diana Arellano, R&D, Institute of Animation, Visual Effects, and DIgital Postproduction
  • Carmille Barot, Research Scientist, NCSU
  • Morteza Behrooz, PhD Student, UCSC
  • Matthew Gray, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University
  • Steve Grehl, Graduate Student, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
  • Justin Permar, Graduate Student, Georgia Tech
  • Jens Nirme, Graduate Student, Lund University
  • Stefan Rank, Assistant Professor, Drexel University
  • Brad Thibodeau, Director of Faculty and Operations, Guard Up! Inc
  • David Vogt, PhD Student, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
  • Jichen Zhu, Assistant Professor, Drexel University