Metropolitan College Adds Certificate Program in Multimedia and Video Game Engineering

in Education, Metropolitan College, News Releases, Science & Technology
November 19th, 2007

Contact: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240 | kjastive@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) today announced it has added a new graduate certificate program in Interactive Multimedia and Game Engineering. The program, which will be offered for the first time during the spring 2008 semester, is currently enrolling students.

The new program will introduce students to computer graphics and simulation, and build upon this foundation with courses in animation, advanced graphics, real-time simulation techniques, and artificial intelligence. Participants will explore the development and integration of computer-based text, movies, images, and audio, including their application to video games and real-time simulations.

“Multimedia computing applications have grown enormously during the past decade. These include intelligent video games and interactive simulations employed by business, industry, and governmental institutions,” said Lou Chitkushev, chairman of MET’s Computer Science Department. “Mapping realistic virtual worlds and harnessing Artificial Intelligence that accurately reflects human actions are at the vanguard of computer science. It also has become fundamental to many areas of entertainment, education, and training.”

“I am proud that MET’s Computer Science faculty have always been at the cutting edge of technological advances – and can meet the challenges from sophisticated students who work in high tech careers to keep them ahead of what is happening in their fields,” said Jay Halfond, Dean of MET. “This is just the latest of many examples of continuous academic innovation.”

MET will officially launch the program with a lecture on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m. by Dr. Ian Lane Davis, CEO and Founder of Mad Doc Software. Dr. Davis, a pioneer and leader in the video game industry, will discuss developments in this booming area of computer science research and application. Dr. Davis’ talk is hosted by Eric Braude, associate professor of Computer Science at MET, who will be coordinating the new program in Interactive Multimedia and Game Engineering.

About Ian Lane Davis
Widely acknowledged as one of the top Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts in the video game industry, Dr. Davis is credited for the development of nearly one dozen popular games over the past decade. Active in the game community, Dr. Davis serves as a peer panel leader for the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Peer Panel for Gameplay Engineering and is a trusted advisor to key industry publishers. Currently writing a definitive AI and games textbook for academic and industry training along with academia’s top AI researchers, he has taught “Characters in Video Games” at MIT and will also teach classes in BU’s new program.

About Metropolitan College and Boston University
As one of the 17 degree-granting bodies that comprise Boston University, Metropolitan College (MET) offers part-time, full-time and international students a remarkable range of choices for study to enrich their lives and advance their careers. MET offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, diploma and certificate programs. For more information about Metropolitan College visit http://www.bu.edu/met.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. Boston University contains 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

EVENT:
“Artificial Intelligence in Video Games”
Dr. Ian Lane Davis, CEO and Founder, Mad Doc Software

DATE:
Wednesday, November 28, 2007

TIME:
6:00 p.m.

LOCATION:
Boston University School of Management
595 Commonwealth Ave. Room 208

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