e-virtuoses: Researchers to take a close look at video games in the care, communications and training industries

Valenciennes, France – 7 March 2013

In a world gripped by the economic crisis, the video games industry remains in rude health. The industry is no longer content with simply providing entertainment and is making its presence felt in markets including health, training, education, advertising, defence, security, politics, culture and more. Video games and, by extension, game design are at the vanguard of innovation. Proof of this can be found at the Grand Hainaut Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), which in January began a R&D program dedicated to the scientific study of play, more specifically games and their uses. In parallel, for the second year running this 4th and 5th June, the CCI is organising the international scientific symposium at e-virtuoses, bringing together experts and research professionals to drive innovation and the development of new theories in the field.

e-virtuoses focuses on evaluating games and using games to evaluate

Can games be evaluated? Can games be used to evaluate? Anyone taking professional steps into this area should exercise caution: the established rules may well need to be changed in order to have a hope of winning. As for those who prefer to stay out of the game, will they necessarily lose out? To piece together the answers to these questions, we need to open our eyes once more and advance our pieces across the chess board in the endless quest for scientific discovery. It’s in this spirit that we launch the second phase of the e-virtuoses international symposium dedicated to play science, or ludology, and its uses,” explained Julian Alvarez, head of the Ludology R&D Program at the Grand Hainaut CCI and teacher-researcher at the CIREL laboratory, Lille 1 University.

List of key international researchers supporting the e-virtuoses scientific symposium

Serge Agostinelli (Marseille University, France)

Julian Alvarez (Ludology R&D program – Grand Hainaut CCI / Lille University, France)

Sylvester Arnab (Coventry University, UK)

Per Backlund (Skövde University, Sweden) 

Raquel Becerril Ortega (Lille University, France)

Philippe Bonfils (Sud Toulon-Var University, France)

Gilles Brougère (Paris 13 University – Sorbonne Paris Cité, France)

Pierre-André Caron (Lille University, France)

Christophe Chaillou (Lille University, France)

Yann Coello (Lille University, France)

Damien Djaouti (Montpellier II University, France)

Pascal Estraillier (La Rochelle University, France)Patrick Felicia (Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland)

Maurizio Forte (University of California, USA)

Sara de Freitas (Coventry University, UK)

Abdelkader Gouaich (Montpellier University, France)

Sylvain Haudegond (Ludology R&D Program – Grand Hainaut CCI)

Jean Heutte (Lille University, France)

Pamela Kato (Medical Center, Utrecht University, Netherlands)

Catherine Kellner (Lorraine University, France)

Christophe Kolski (Lille University – UVHC, France)

Michel Lavigne (Castres University, France)

Sandy Louchart (Heriot-Watt University, Scotland)

Hélène Michel (Grenoble Management School, France)

Denis Mottet (Montpellier University, France)

Louise Sauvé (University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada)

Gilson Schwartz (University of São Paulo, Brazil)

Pascal Staccini (Nice-Sophia Antipolis University, Segamed, UMVF-UNF3S, France)

Franck Tarpin-Bernard (Grenoble University, France)

André Tricot (Toulouse University, France)

Philippe Useille (Lille University– UVHC, France)

More information here: http://www.e-virtuoses.net/uk/developpeur-uk.html

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About e-virtuoses  

Founded and created by the Grand Hainaut Chamber of Commerce (CCI), the ‘e-virtuoses’ conference will take place on 4-5 June 2013 in Valenciennes, north-eastern France. The 2013 edition will give international buyers and decision makers from health, communication, human resources and beyond a valuable opportunity to network and share expertise. Entry to the event is free. The event is financed by the Grand Hainaut Chamber of Commerce (CCI), the Nord-Pas de Calais Region and Europe.

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