Associate Professor, Computer Science Department, UC Santa Cruz
Michael Mateas’s research in AI-based art and entertainment combines science, engineering and design to push the frontiers of interactive entertainment. Michael is recognized internationally as a leader in AI-based interactive storytelling. He is currently a faculty member in the Computer Science department at UC Santa Cruz, where he holds the MacArthur Endowed Chair. He runs the Expressive Intelligence Studio, one of the largest technical game research groups in the world. With Andrew Stern, Michael released Façade, the world´s first AI-based interactive drama. Façade has received significant attention, including top honors at the Slamdance independent game festival. Michael has given numerous keynote addresses and paper presentations at conferences worldwide. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.