Samantha Youssef from Studio Technique

Filed under: Guest Lectures in April 10, 2012, by Ulf Benjaminsson. Print This


Samantha Youssef is a Canadian character animator and animation director, she currently runs (and founded!) Studio Technique in Montreal and she has worked in both feature films and video games for Walt Disney Animation, Filmax, and Ubisoft.

Bring drawing pad and pencils, a good memory and your questions on 2D animation, drawing or animation in general!

Time: Monday, April 16th, 10:00
Location: E22

This lecture is strongly recommended to all animation- and graphic students. And anyone with an interest in those topics. 🙂

Text-2-Vision Workshop

Filed under: Guest Lectures in February 14, 2012, by Ulf Benjaminsson. Print This

International Research School of Game Design (IRSGD) in collaboration with Tokyo Institute of Technology (Ti-Tech) presents;

TVML Workshop with Dr. Hayashi from Tokyo Tech.

This Workshop is mandatory for:
Game Design & Programming; 2nd & 3rd year students
Game Design & Graphics; 3rd year students
1st years student allowed if there’s room left!

[b]Times:[/b]
Thursday – 16th Feb; 13:00 – 17:00, E31
Friday – 17th Feb; 13:00 – 17:00, E31
Monday – 20st Feb; 13:00 – 17:00, E31
Tuesday – 21nd Feb; 13:00 – 17:00, E31

The goal of the workshop is to make a broadcast quality animated video segment. Each group of students chooses one of the following themes.
(1) News show (this is a must)
(2) Documentary (short story)
(3) Children’s show
(4) Comedy show
(5) Talk show
(6) Other TV program genre

Examples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLYUPDc_0Eg (News show)
http://youtu.be/e3W6hAsOYv4 (Short story, Japanese)

Masaki Hayashi: Text-To-Vision and TVML

Filed under: Guest Lectures in October 14, 2011, by Ulf Benjaminsson. Print This

T2V is a technology that converts text to vision. It enables a user to create computer animation by simply typing in a script on a PC. We developed a PC application named “T2V Player” that interprets a user’s script to produce animation in real-time by using real-time computer graphics (CG), synthesized voices and other techniques.

In his presentation, Masaki will first explain the basic concept of T2V and TVML and show some demonstrations with T2V Player actually in working and introduce available functions of T2V Player. Then, he will introduce number of activities so far and related developments. Lastly he will discuss the future prospect and research theme examples based on this technology.

Masaki Hayashi received his B.S., M.S. and Dr. Eng. in electronics engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1980, 1983 and 1999 respectively. He has engaged in research on CG, image-processing, image compositing systems and virtual studios. He is currently involved in research on automatic TV program generation using scripting language TVML.

Masaki Hayashi on the web.

Time: Monday, Oktober 17th, 10:00 – 12:00
Location: B51

This workshop is open (and strongly recommended) to all GAME programming students!

Jonas Thente: Can Gaming Increase the Awareness of Human Rights?

Filed under: Guest Lectures in October 10, 2011, by Ulf Benjaminsson. Tagged: human rights
Print This

This lecture is part of the Serious Games for Human Rights. It is open to the public!

As digital games are becoming one of the major platforms for storytelling and actual interaction between players from all over the global community, games producers are struggling to answer the call for sophisticated and borderless narrative. Common denomitators of being human comes to play.

Jonas Thente is a literary editor and critic at Scandinavias largest morning daily Dagens Nyheter. He is also the editor of the papers games section and a doctoral student at the department of literature, University of Lund.

Time: Friday, Oktober 14th, 14:30
Location: E22

The rest of the programme:
13.00 Lecture by Daniel Nord
“Why international law matters in creating more challenging games”
14.30 Lecture by Jonas Thente
“Can Gaming Increase the Awareness of Human Rights?”
16.00 Panel debate with the speakers, Anne Duse from Gotland University GAME and game designer Ernest Adams.

Daniel Nord: Why international law matters in creating more challenging games

Filed under: Guest Lectures in October 6, 2011, by Ulf Benjaminsson. Tagged: human rights
Print This

This lecture is part of the Serious Games for Human Rights. It is open to the public!

Discussions on international law, human rights and digital games are often held along the lines that certain games, especially some FPS games, violates these rules in the game play and that there is a risk that individuals/gamers may be affected and carry out these violations in real life. While the second part of this argument is controversial and yet to be backed up by convincing research, also the first part is not fully convincing, since unlike humans in real life, the pixels on the screen does not have rights and obligations. It is after all only a game. But in real life, also in a conflict zone, legal matters plays a very important role in how people and organizations decides to act, what they do and don’t do. Introducing aspects of human rights and laws of war into the game could be one way of creating a more realistic, thoughtful and challenging gaming experience and to take it to a new level.

Daniel Nord joined the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) as it’s Deputy Director in 2005. He previously worked in the Secretariat for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC), an international commission headed by Dr Hans Blixt. He has also worked as a Legal Adviser to the Swedish Red Cross.

Time: Friday, Oktober 14th, 13:00
Location: E22

The rest of the programme:
13.00 Lecture by Daniel Nord
“Why international law matters in creating more challenging games”
14.30 Lecture by Jonas Thente
“Can Gaming Increase the Awareness of Human Rights?”
16.00 Panel debate with the speakers, Anne Duse from Gotland University GAME and game designer Ernest Adams.

Krister Bringéus: Afghanistan, the Fight Goes on

Filed under: Guest Lectures in September 21, 2011, by Ulf Benjaminsson. Tagged: human rights
Print This


Ambassador Krister Bringéus

Afghanistan through the eyes of a Swedish diplomat – not through an American soldier’s gunsight. A look at the life in Afghanistan, where Taliban influence is rapidly spreading; at the role of women in a culture that, in the 10th century, gave the world Rabia Balkhi, the first woman known to compose poetry in both Arabic and Persian; at the heavy opium addiction, where children are introduced to the drug by their parents.

So how do international agreements and the rules of law play out in such a complicated situation.

This talk is part of the Human Rights in Serious Games course for 2011. It’s free and open to the public!

Time: Friday, September 30th, 14:00-15:00
Location: E22