Thompson Rivers University

Data Science Seminar Series

Video games have been employing data science and AI/ML principals from the genesis of the industry. Video games are a relatively new storytelling medium and an increasingly prevailing source of entertainment in our culture. NPC behavior, environments, and procedural generation are just the start of how data science and AI/ML can impact a very important industry.

This data science event is open to all TRU faculty members, staff and students.
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Matt deFouw is a technology visionary with more than 20 years of proven leadership. DeFouw has been working in the technology sector since 2000 and has always been an enthusiastic evangelist of new technology. As the current CEO of Moxy, deFouw is bringing eSports to the masses.

Nolan Bushnell is an American entrepreneur and businessman. He left a major mark in multiple fields, both related to entertainment. He is best known for the founding of Atari, the massive video game system that ultimately helped to push the video game revolution of the 1980s. However, Bushnell has also enjoyed a variety of other business successes that have left a major mark on America, including with the creation of Chuck E. Cheese. He has been inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame and was named one of Newsweek’s 50 men who changed America. He has started more than 20 companies and is one of the founding fathers of the video game industry.

Tony Bickley has been instrumental in a great number of well known classic gaming titles over the past 35-plus years. Ranging from the Apple II and the Atari 400 to modern PlayStation and mobile platforms, Bickley has numerous producer credits in the game industry. As European head of Konami games development, he has had a wide range of successful product launches across a broad array of platforms. Bickley’s list of delivered titles include everything from Pitfall, Ultima, Pirates! and Elder Scrolls, to Street Fighter 2, Baldur’s Gate, Silent Hill and Castlevania. Bickley ensures that large-scale projects are delivered on time and on budget with the focus being put on the player. If it’s not FUN, it’s not a success.