Dr. Magy Seif El-Nasr

College of Arts, Media, and Design
Khoury College Computer Sciences
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
magy at northeastern dot edu
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Bio: Dr. Seif El-Nasr is a Professor at the Khoury College of Computer Sciences and College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University, Boston. She earned her Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University in Computer Science and her master's degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. Dr. Seif El-Nasr received several grants totalling over $3 Million to support her research. She published over 100 international peer reviewed articles on her work. In addition, her work received several awards and recognition within multiple communities, including: Aritificial Intelligence, Agents, Interactive Narrative, and Game communities. These include four best paper awards, a leadership excellence award, and research excellence award. She has ongoing industry collaborations, including Electronic Arts, leading game company, IgnitePlay, a social media and health indepedent company.

She is an associate editor for several journals, including :

She has chaired and is currently chairing several conferences including:

Problems we currently face in the areas of health, education, resilience, and cybersecurity require an interdisciplinary approach and most often require us to understand human behavior, learning, and human cognition at a deep level which we currently do not possess. Dr. Seif El-Nasr's research focuses on building a framework to facilitate the use of virtual environments (e.g., games, VR, apps, social media or interactive narrative) as a methodology to understand human behavior and cognition, with the goal of facilitating computational solutions to national problems in health, education and security.

To address this vision, she is (a) developing tools and automated techniques to help authoring virtual environments (e.g., interactive narratives, believable characters, etc.), and (b) developing evidence-based methodologies to measure the effectiveness of game environments at solving national problems, such as health and learning.


Ph.D. Computer Science, June 2003
Northwestern University
ELE – Expressive Lighting Engine for Automating Lighting Design for Interactive Narrative
Prof. Ian Horswill, advisor

M.S. Computer Science, June 1998
Texas A&M University
Modeling Emotion Dynamics in Intelligent Agents
Prof. John Yen, advisor

B.S. Computer Science, June 1995
American University in Cairo
BSD-based virtual file system
Prof. Amr El-Kadi, advisor

Speaking and Consulting

She has several years of experience engaged in consulting activities as well as speaking in different companies. She provides consulting and speaking services nationally and internationally. For rates please contact her at magy at neu.edu

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