April 4, 2007

Video game demonstrations part of Serious Games Forum at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Leading experts from the video game industry will demonstrate new developments on April 5 as part of the Serious Games Forum at Purdue University.

"Serious games is the term for educational video games that are helping to address some of the nation's most pressing needs, such as reinvigorating the classroom and preparing workers for 21st century jobs," said Beverly Davenport Sypher, interim director of the Discovery Learning Center, one of 10 interdisciplinary research centers in Purdue's Discovery Park.

The free public forum, scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. in the Burton D. Morgan Center, Room 121, is co-sponsored by the Discovery Learning Center and the Envision Center for Data Perceptualization. The afternoon session, beginning at 1:30, will take place in the Envision Center.

Doug Whatley, founder and CEO of BreakAway Inc., a leading developer of entertainment games, game-based simulations and training software, will demonstrate a new portable Virtual Reality System from WorldViz as part of the forum.

Whatley also will discuss why and how game-based simulations will be increasingly adopted for use by a wider audience, as well as how new tools based in game technology can be used in education, job training, the military and homeland security.

Other presenters include Rudoph P. Darken of MOVES and the Naval Postgraduate School, Andrea Lauer Rice of Lauer Learning and Howard Phillips of Microsoft Inc.

Chris Rahaim, professor of computer graphics technology at Purdue and organizer of the forum, said such events provide an opportunity for the public and private sectors to meet with experts in the video game industry to forge new links and learn from one another.

"University scholars, scientists, students and leading industry experts will be discussing their most recent projects," Rahaim said. "They will explore how video game technology continues to impact the way we play, teach, train, learn and communicate across a variety of industries and organizations."

Writer: Tanya Brown, (765) 494-2079, tanyabrown@purdue.edu

Sources: Christopher P. Rahaim, (765) 409-6444, crahaim@purdue.edu

Beverly Davenport Sypher, (765) 494-9709, bdsypher@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: Journalists are invited to attend the forum. For a complete agenda, contact Tanya Brown, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2079, tanyabrown@purdue.edu.

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