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Education projects

Interactive crowd simulation table presented at the Utrecht Science Museum in June 2017. (c) Ivar Pel.

Interactive crowd simulation table presented at the Utrecht Science Museum in June 2017. (c) Ivar Pel.

Webinar Game and Media Technology

By completing this program, it will be easy to find a job: 97 procent of recent graduates has a job within 2 months. — www.uu.nl/masters/en/game-and-media-technology/activities

On Tuesday 24 October 2017, we organised a live webinar on the Master's Programme Game and Media Technology (GMT). During this session, I have given (as master coordinator) detailed information about the Master's programme. I was accompanied by Master's student Ishdeep Bandhari from India, who shared his personal experiences with the programme with you, and by master coordinator dr. Maarten Löffler, who gave live chat support.

The setup used to give the webinar on Game and Media Technology, accompanied by Ishdeep Bandhari, Maarten Löffler and Roland Geraerts. (c) Katrien Pouwels (facilitator webinar).

The setup used to give the webinar on Game and Media Technology, accompanied by Ishdeep Bandhari, Maarten Löffler and Roland Geraerts. (c) Katrien Pouwels (facilitator webinar).

Selected publications

  • Utrecht University, dept. of Information and Computing Sciences. Webinar MSc in Game And Media Technology 2017. 24 October 2017.

    Video webinar master Game and Media Technology
    Crowd simulation research
  • Roland Geraerts and Ishdeep Bandhari. Presentation webinar master Game and Media Technology. 24 October 2017.

    Presentation webinar master GMT
    Presentation webinar master GMT

Summer school Utrecht - Multidisciplinary Game Research

The mulidisciplinary Game Research summer course offers lectures and hands-on experience on a broad spectrum of aspects related to applied and entertainment games. — www.utrechtsummerschool.nl

Within the Summer school Utrecht on game research, I've organised a workshop on crowd simulation with the help of Wouter van Toll, Dionysi Alexandridis and Simon Dirks. We gave a lecture on crowd simulation techniques, on our Utrecht University Crowd Simulation (UUCS) engine and Unity3D in August 2017. 44 International participants used our UUCS plug-in to set up a simple crowd simulation in the Unity3D game engine. They ended up with a fully working simulation with a crowd of characters realistically avoiding obstacles and moving towards a common goal. This workshop was based on a similar workshop given at MSc students who participated in my Crowd simulation course.

My goal of such workshops is to make a connection between research and education, and to teach students about state-of-the-art crowd simulation research.

Selected publications

  • Roland Geraerts. Crowd simulation. SummerSchool Utrecht - Multidisciplinary Game Research. 23 August 2017.

    Presentation crowd simulation research
    Crowd simulation research
  • Wouter van Toll. UU Crowd Simulation Software: Theory and Implementation. SummerSchool Utrecht - Multidisciplinary Game Research. 23 August 2017.

    Presentation crowd simulation software
    Crowd simulation software
  • Dionysi Alexandridis, Simon Dirks and Wouter van Toll. UUCS Crowd Simulation Master Class. SummerSchool Utrecht - Multidisciplinary Game Research. 23 August 2017.

    UUCS Crowd Simulation Master Class
    UUCS Crowd Simulation Master Class - Unity3D

The participants used our UUCS plug-in to set up a simple crowd simulation in the Unity3D game engine.

The participants used our UUCS plug-in to set up a simple crowd simulation in the Unity3D game engine.

GMT thesis dissimination website

The Game & Media Technology master programme ends with an individual thesis project, conducted either within Utrecht University or as an internship at a company. Get inspired by the results of some of our recent graduates. — www.projects.science.uu.nl/cs-gmt/

In the role of master coordinator of the Game and Media Technology (GMT) master, Maarten Löffler and I have initiated a 13KEuro project that allows master students to dissiminate their work to a broad audience as part of their MSc project (2015-2016). The dissimination entails an accessible summary meant to be understandable to the general public, in a format that is easy to spread to large audiences. It can take several forms: besides a webpage with information on the project, it may be enriched with a website, a blog, a video, or a demo.

The objective of this project is two-fold. On the one hand, it forces students to think about their research in a broader sense and look at their project from a different point of view. This will help develop their communicative skills and better prepare them for employment in an increasingly introspective world. On the other hand, an accessible and engaging collection of past projects increases the visibility of both the GMT master program and the underlying fundamental research carried out at the Information and Computing Sciences department, and is expected to attract prospective students and research partners.

The GMT thesis projects website allows students to dissiminate their work to a broad audience.

The GMT thesis projects website allows students to dissiminate their work to a broad audience.

Bachelor open days

Op de Bachelor Open Dagen kun je bij elke opleiding algemene en/of verdiepende voorlichtingsrondes volgen. Bij verdiepende rondes kun je denken aan een themapresentatie of minicollege. Naast de voorlichtingsrondes vind je ook informatiemarkten. — www.uu.nl/bachelors/open-dagen

While being the chair of the bachelor information committee, I organised four times the bachelor open days for our department (2012-2014). This event attracted more than 500 students and parents per day. We gave presentations with generic information, and provided lectures and workshops with specialised topics to give the audience a clear picture about the study of Computer and Information sciences. Next, a room was filled with demo's given by BSc, MSc and PhD students. We made sure there was enough food available.

During that period, I also organised master classes about computer science topics and information presentations for high-school students, and I improved lots of folders, flyers and websites. We made disseminations for the press and several websites.

The open days of the department of Information and Computing Sciences.

Foto impression of the open days of the department of Information and Computing Sciences.

Creative Game Challenge

Let the games begin! — www.facebook.com

The Creative Game Challenge was a game development contest for high school students. Its purpose was to increase insights into the different aspects of computer science, and, with that, the interest in a computer science education. During this contest, students could make a game with Game maker. The games were judged and ranked by a professional jury. On the award ceremony day, students showcased their games, met each other, played games, and were entertained. Nine prices, worth 7500 Euro, were handed over by a famous Dutch person.

This contest was organised by the Computer Science department of Utrecht University, using many subsidies (130K). This was a yearly event from 2009-2010 till 2013-2014. I organised the regular version in 2010-2011 (where we reached more than 700 students), and the Young professionals edition in 2011-2012 (with a 10KEuro Sprint II subsidy of the Faculty of Science).

Selected publications

  • Roland Geraerts. Eindrapport Creative Game Challenge 2010-2011. 24 June 2011.

    Eindverslag CGC 2010-2011
    Eindverslag CGC 2010-2011
  • Roland Geraerts. Flyer Game Challenge 2010-2011. 24 June 2011.

    CGC flyer
    CGC flyer

Winners of the 2010-2011 edition of the Creative Game Challenge.

Winners of the 2010-2011 edition of the Creative Game Challenge.