Head of Serious Games
Stefan Göbel (male) holds a PhD in computer science and has long-term experience in Graphic Information Systems (GIS; topic of the dissertation is ‘Graphic-Interactive Access to Geodata Archives’), Interactive Digital Storytelling, Edutainment applications and Serious Games. After five years work as researcher at Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (in the GIS domain), from 2002 to 2008 he was heading the Digital Storytelling group at the Computer Graphics Center in Darmstadt. In late 2008 he moved to the Multimedia Communications Lab at TUDA as assistant professor – since 2012 with a permanent position as academic councillor, lecturer and head of the Serious Games group. Stefan is the author of a textbook for Serious Games (2016) and 160+ scientific publications. He is member of different program committees such as ACM Multimedia, Edutainment, Foundations on Digital Games and the European Conference on Games based Learning and provides lectures and practical courses in Serious Games and Game Technology. On the ‘science meets business’ side, he is member of the German Society for Computer Science (co-lead working group on entertainment computing) and member of the German game developer federation GAME. Stefan is also the initiator of the GameDays being established as science meets business event in 2005 – since 2010 the academic part has been emphasized resulting in the International Conference on Serious Games. Dr. Göbel has strong expertise in initiating, managing and coordinating – both public funded and industrial – projects on international, national and regional levels. Among these projects are the projects INVISIP (initiator and technical-scientific coordinator) and art-E-fact (coordinator) in FP5, the ongoing project ADVENTURE (coordinator) in FP7 as well as other EU projects he was/is involved in as member of the Project Management Board or as WP Leader, e.g. INSCAPE and U-CREATE (FP6) or 80Days and ALFRED in FP7. Apart from taking part and coordinating in various projects, in his role as reviewer and evaluator of EU projects he is aware of common processes, communication with the Commission.
Founded in 1877, the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUDA) is one of the best-known technical universities in Germany, in particular in the engineering disciplines. TUDA is a founding member of the TU9, an association of Germany’s largest technical universities. The Multimedia Communications lab, headed by Prof. Ralf Steinmetz, was founded in 1996. It is active in the communication and multimedia systems research areas. KOM has currently more than 35 research staff members and closely cooperates with a number of associated partners from academia and industry on regional, national and international level. Research areas are ‘Knowledge & Educational Technologies’, ‘Self-organizing Systems & Overlay Communications’, ‘Mobile Systems & Sensor Networking’, ‘Service-oriented Computing’ and ‘Multimedia Technologies & Serious Games’. The prospering Serious Gaming group at KOM under the direction of Dr. Stefan Göbel has been set up 2008 and has a strong background in applied research and technology transfer, originating from the former Digital Storytelling group at the Computer Graphics Center in Darmstadt. Currently the Serious Games team counts eight full-time scientists plus around 20 part-time student assistants – primarily with a background in computer science, but also in psychology, sports science, business informatics and digital media.