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Contact

Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
302G West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Seth Cooper, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

Scientific discovery games, serious games, crowdsourcing games, citizen science, novel interfaces for problem solving, automated tools for assisting game design and development, and computational structural biochemistry.

Education

  • PhD in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
  • MS in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
  • BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California Berkeley

Biography

Seth Cooper is an Assistant Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science and a member of the Playable Innovative Technologies Lab. Prior to joining Northeastern, Seth was the Creative Director of the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington. He previously worked in industry at Square Enix, Electronic Arts, and Pixar Animation Studios.

A pioneer of the field of scientific discovery games, Seth’s PhD dissertation, “A Framework for Scientific Discovery through Video Games”, won the 2011 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. His work has shown that video game players are able to outperform purely computational methods for certain types of structural biochemistry problems, effectively codify their strategies, and integrate with the lab to help design real synthetic proteins. In addition to developing video games to solve problems and involve the public in science, he’s published research in character animation and crowd simulation.