Institutions Active in Technical Games Research

Universities and other institutions ranked by how active they are in the past 10 years in publishing at conferences and journals dedicated to games and interactive entertainment research within the field of computing (AI, HCI, graphics, etc.). Credit is assigned to authors' current institutions. Credit for multi-author papers is split fractionally.

To give more information than just a ranking, under each institution are its researchers who are most active in these venues, plus the specific venues that the institution overall is most active in. Note that totals include publications by all researchers at each institution, not only those highlighted in this table.

February 2019 edition (changelog).

Institution Country Papers
1.
University of California Santa Cruz
Michael Mateas, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Jim Whitehead, Adam M. Smith, Katherine Isbister, Jo Mazeika, Marilyn A. Walker, Kate Compton, Lucas Ferreira, ...
Top venues: FDG, AIIDE, ICIDS, CIG, ToG
USA 78.5
2.
University of Alberta
Vadim Bulitko, Michael Buro, Nathan R. Sturtevant, Martin Müller, Duane Szafron, Ryan B. Hayward, Marius Stanescu, Marcia Spetch, ...
Top venues: AIIDE, ToG, CIG, ACG, CG
Canada 56.5
3.
North Carolina State University
Arnav Jhala, David L. Roberts, Chris Martens, James C. Lester, Tiffany Barnes, Jonathan P. Rowe, Bradford W. Mott, Markus Eger, Sasha Azad, ...
Top venues: AIIDE, FDG, ICIDS, CIG
USA 55.2
4.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Mark O. Riedl, Brian Magerko, Anne Sullivan, Matthew Guzdial, Joshua A. Fisher, Janet H. Murray, ...
Top venues: FDG, AIIDE, ICIDS, CHI Play
USA 49.5
5.
Queen Mary University of London
Simon M. Lucas, Diego Perez Liebana, Simon Colton, Michael Cook, Jeremy Gow, ...
Top venues: CIG, ToG, AIIDE
UK 46.1
6.
New York University
Julian Togelius, ...
Top venues: CIG, FDG, ToG, AIIDE
USA 40.6
7.
Northeastern University
Magy Seif El-Nasr, Sam Snodgrass, Seth Cooper, Christoffer Holmgård, Anurag Sarkar, Kevin Gold, Britton Horn, ...
Top venues: FDG, AIIDE, ICEC, ICIDS
USA 40.5
8.
Drexel University
Santiago Ontañón, Jichen Zhu, Stefan Rank, ...
Top venues: AIIDE, FDG, CIG, ICIDS, CHI Play, ToG
USA 40.3
9.
University of Malta
Georgios N. Yannakakis, Antonios Liapis, Stefano Gualeni, Daniel Karavolos, ...
Top venues: CIG, FDG, AIIDE, ToG
Malta 37.7
10.
University of York
Anders Drachen, Peter I. Cowling, Paul A. Cairns, Sebastian Deterding, Daniel Kudenko, Ben Kirman, ...
Top venues: CHI Play, CIG, FDG, AIIDE
UK 36.4
11.
Maastricht University
Mark H. M. Winands, Cameron Browne, Jos W. H. M. Uiterwijk, Matthew Stephenson, ...
Top venues: CIG, ToG, ACG, CG
Netherlands 35.1
12.
University of Utah
R. Michael Young, José P. Zagal, Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera, Roger Altizer, Peter Christiansen, ...
Top venues: AIIDE, FDG, ToG, ICIDS
USA 33.8
13.
RMIT University
Florian 'Floyd' Mueller, Fabio Zambetta, Richard Byrne, Zhuying Li, ...
Top venues: CHI Play, CIG
Australia 30.9
14.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Letizia Jaccheri, Alf Inge Wang, Michail N. Giannakos, ...
Top venues: ICEC, ACE
Norway 26.2
15.
Nova University of Lisbon
Teresa Romão, Nuno Correia, Pedro Centieiro, A. Eduardo Dias, ...
Top venues: ACE
Portugal 26.0
16.
University of Tokyo
Tomoyuki Kaneko, Takeshi Naemura, Yoshimasa Tsuruoka, Masahiko Inami, Michitaka Hirose, ...
Top venues: ACE, ACG, CIG
Japan 25.6
17.
Eindhoven University of Technology
Günter Wallner, Matthias Rauterberg, Max Birk, Jun Hu, Erik D. Van der Spek, Martijn Kors, ...
Top venues: ICEC, CHI Play, EntCom
Netherlands 24.4
18.
HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
Hartmut Koenitz, Christian Roth, Teun Dubbelman, Noam Knoller
Top venues: ICIDS
Netherlands 24.3
19.
University of Tsukuba
Junichi Hoshino, Yuki Hashimoto, ...
Top venues: ICEC, ACE
Japan 22.3
20.
University of Waterloo
Lennart E. Nacke, Gustavo Fortes Tondello, Rina R. Wehbe, Mark S. Hancock, ...
Top venues: CHI Play
Canada 21.6
21.
University of Duisburg-Essen
Maic Masuch, Katharina Emmerich, ...
Top venues: ACE, CHI Play, ICEC
Germany 21.5
22.
University of Saskatchewan
Regan L. Mandryk, Carl Gutwin, Kevin G. Stanley, ...
Top venues: CHI Play, ICEC
Canada 21.5
23.
IT University of Copenhagen
Sebastian Risi, Paolo Burelli, Miguel Sicart, Rune K. L. Nielsen, ...
Top venues: FDG, CIG
Denmark 20.8
24.
National University of Singapore
Alex Mitchell, Ryohei Nakatsu, Kevin McGee, ...
Top venues: ICIDS, ICEC
Singapore 20.0
25.
Queensland University of Technology
Daniel M. Johnson, Peta Wyeth, ...
Top venues: CHI Play
Australia 19.6
26.
University of Lisbon
Ana Paiva, Carlos Martinho, Rui Prada, Luís Duarte, ...
Top venues: ICIDS, ACE, CIG
Portugal 19.4
27.
Google
Tom Schaul, Brandon Tearse, ...
Top venues: ToG, FDG, CIG
Multinational 19.4
28.
University of Southern California
Andrew Nealen, Andrew S. Gordon, Ari Shapiro, ...
Top venues: ICIDS, MIG, FDG
USA 19.0
29.
University of Madeira
Valentina Nisi, Nuno Nunes, Mara Dionisio, Jesús Ibáñez, ...
Top venues: ICIDS, ACE
Portugal 18.8
30.
McGill University
Clark Verbrugge, Ben A. Kybartas, Paul G. Kry, ...
Top venues: AIIDE, FDG
Canada 17.7
31.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
D. Fox Harrell, Peter A. Mawhorter, ...
Top venues: FDG, AIIDE
USA 16.5
32.
Leiden University
Mike Preuss, Marcello A. Gómez Maureira, Jaap van den Herik, ...
Top venues: CIG, FDG
Netherlands 16.4
33.
Delft University of Technology
Rafael Bidarra, Tim Tutenel, ...
Top venues: FDG
Netherlands 16.2
34.
University of New Orleans
Stephen G. Ware, Rachelyn Farrell, Ben Samuel, ...
Top venues: AIIDE
USA 16.2
35.
Aalto University
Masood Masoodian, Perttu Hämäläinen, Andrés Lucero, ...
Top venues: ACE, CHI Play
Finland 15.2
36.
University of California Irvine
Joshua Tanenbaum, Bonnie A. Nardi, ...
Top venues: FDG, ICIDS
USA 15.0
37.
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Gabriele Ferri, Ben A. M. Schouten, Mirjam Vosmeer, Riemer van Rozen
Top venues: ICIDS
Netherlands 13.1
38.
INRIA
Olivier Teytaud, ...
Top venues: MIG
France 13.0
39.
University of Nevada Reno
Sushil J. Louis, Eelke Folmer, Siming Liu, Bobby D. Bryant, ...
Top venues: CIG
USA 12.9
40.
University of Geneva
Nicolas Szilas, Urs Richle, ...
Top venues: ICIDS
Switzerland 12.8
41.
University of Miami
Lindsay D. Grace
Top venues: ACE, FDG
USA 12.6
42.
Reykjavik University
Yngvi Björnsson, David Thue, ...
Top venues: AIIDE
Iceland 12.5
43.
American University
Mark J. Nelson, Mike Treanor, ...
Top venues: FDG, AIIDE
USA 12.5
44.
University of Twente
Anton Nijholt, Dennis Reidsma, Mariët Theune, ...
Top venues: EntCom, ACE
Netherlands 12.5
45.
University of Genoa
Serena Zampolli, Alessandro De Gloria, Francesco Bellotti, Riccardo Berta, María Cecilia Reyes, ...
Top venues: ICIDS, EntCom
Italy 12.4
46.
Utrecht University
Sander Bakkes, Roland Geraerts, ...
Top venues: FDG, MIG
Netherlands 12.4
47.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Gillian Smith, Mark Claypool, ...
Top venues: FDG
USA 12.4
48.
Aalborg University
Henrik Schoenau-Fog, Luis Emilio Bruni, ...
Top venues: ICIDS
Denmark 12.1
49.
University of Guelph
Daniel Ashlock, ...
Top venues: CIG
Canada 12.1
50.
University of Central Florida
Joseph J. LaViola Jr., Anastasia Salter, ...
Top venues: FDG
USA 12.0
51.
University of Turin
Rossana Damiano, Vincenzo Lombardo, Amon Rapp, ...
Top venues: ICIDS
Italy 11.7
52.
JAIST
Hiroyuki Iida, Kokolo Ikeda, ...
Top venues: ICEC, CIG
Japan 11.6
53.
Simon Fraser University
Arne Eigenfeldt, Philippe Pasquier, ...
Top venues: AIIDE
Canada 11.6
54.
KU Leuven
Kathrin Gerling, Vero Vanden Abeele, ...
Top venues: CHI Play
Belgium 11.4
55.
Trinity College Dublin
Mads Haahr, Rachel McDonnell, Nicole Basaraba, ...
Top venues: ICIDS, MIG
Ireland 11.2
56.
Northwestern University
Ian Horswill, ...
Top venues: AIIDE
USA 11.0
57.
Ubisoft
Alessandro Canossa, Alexander Shoulson, ...
Top venues: FDG
Multinational 10.8
58.
Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers
Stéphane Natkin, ...
Top venues: ICEC
France 10.8
59.
Sejong University
Kyung-Joong Kim, ...
Top venues: CIG
South Korea 10.2
60.
Complutense University of Madrid
Pedro A. González-Calero, ...
Top venues: EntCom
Spain 10.2
61.
University of Electro-Communications
Hiroyuki Kajimoto, Kunihito Hoki, ...
Top venues: ACE
Japan 10.1
62.
Uppsala University
Annika Wærn, ...
Top venues: FDG
Sweden 10.0
63.
Tilburg University
Pieter Spronck, ...
Top venues: AIIDE
Netherlands 9.8
64.
University of Salzburg
Manfred Tscheligi, Christiane Moser, Bernhard Maurer, ...
Top venues: ACE, CHI Play
Austria 9.8
65.
University of Coimbra
Licinio Roque, Rui Craveirinha, ...
Top venues: ICEC
Portugal 9.6
66.
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Pejman Mirza-Babaei, Dennis L. Kappen, ...
Top venues: CHI Play
Canada 9.4
67.
York University
Petros Faloutsos, ...
Top venues: MIG
Canada 9.4
68.
Bournemouth University
Christos Gatzidis, ...
Top venues: ICIDS
UK 9.2
69.
Hochschule RheinMain
Ulrike Spierling, ...
Top venues: ICIDS
Germany 9.1
70.
Paris Dauphine University
Tristan Cazenave
Top venues: ToG, ACG
France 9.1
71.
University of New South Wales
Abdallah Saffidine, Oliver Bown, ...
Top venues: AIIDE
Australia 9.1
72.
Imagineering Institute
Adrian David Cheok, ...
Top venues: ACE
Malaysia 9.0
73.
Politecnico di Milano
Pier Luca Lanzi, Daniele Loiacono
Top venues: CIG
Italy 8.9
74.
IBM
Michal Bída, Andrew Hicks, ...
Top venues: ICIDS
Multinational 8.7
75.
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Bruno Feijó, Antonio L. Furtado, ...
Top venues: ICEC
Brazil 8.6
76.
University of Melbourne
Martin R. Gibbs, Eduardo Velloso, ...
Top venues: CHI Play
Australia 8.6
77.
Future University Hakodate
Kaoru Sumi, Yoshinari Takegawa, ...
Top venues: ICEC, ICIDS
Japan 8.2
78.
University of Pennsylvania
Norman I. Badler, ...
Top venues: AIIDE
USA 8.2
79.
Concordia University
Jonathan Lessard, Mia Consalvo, ...
Top venues: FDG
Canada 8.1
80.
University of Vienna
Helmut Hlavacs, ...
Top venues: ICEC
Austria 8.1
81.
University of Nottingham
Graham Kendall, ...
Top venues: CIG
UK 8.0
82.
University of Washington
Zoran Popovic, ...
Top venues: FDG
USA 7.9
83.
University of Skövde
Per Backlund, Henrik Engström, ...
Top venues: FDG, EntCom
Sweden 7.9
84.
Ritsumeikan University
Ruck Thawonmas, ...
Top venues: CIG
Japan 7.9
85.
Northumbria University
Li Zhang, ...
Top venues: CHI Play
UK 7.9
86.
TU Wien
Simone Kriglstein, ...
Top venues: CHI Play
Austria 7.6
87.
Activision Blizzard
Alexander Zook, Nicole Crenshaw, ...
Top venues: FDG
Multinational 7.6
88.
Fluminense Federal University
Esteban Clua, ...
Top venues: ICEC
Brazil 7.5
89.
Kobe University
Tsutomu Terada, Masahiko Tsukamoto, ...
Top venues: ACE
Japan 7.4
90.
Carnegie Mellon University
Eric Kaltman, ...
Top venues: CHI Play
USA 7.3
91.
Portland State University
Garrison W. Greenwood
Top venues: CIG
USA 7.3
92.
Rutgers University
Mubbasir Kapadia, ...
Top venues: MIG
USA 7.3
93.
University of Basel
Elisa D. Mekler, Klaus Opwis, ...
Top venues: CHI Play
Switzerland 7.2
94.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Mei Si, Rebecca Rouse, ...
Top venues: ICIDS
USA 7.2
95.
University of Texas Austin
Risto Miikkulainen, ...
Top venues: CIG
USA 7.2
96.
Charles University
Cyril Brom, ...
Top venues: ICIDS
Czech Rep. 7.1
97.
Falmouth University
Edward J. Powley, ...
Top venues: CIG
UK 7.0
98.
University of Bremen
Rainer Malaka, ...
Top venues: ICEC
Germany 7.0
99.
Federal University of Minas Gerais
Luiz Chaimowicz, ...
Top venues: AIIDE
Brazil 7.0
100.
University of British Columbia
Sidney S. Fels, Michiel van de Panne, ...
Top venues: MIG
Canada 6.9

The 253 researchers listed with their institutions above are those with at least 2.0 papers, sorted within institution in descending order. The venues are the top venue for each institution, plus any additional venues where the institution has at least 3.0 papers. These cutoffs are obviously pretty arbitrary, and intended just to illustrate who is where and where they're active, while keeping the table readable.

The following 15 journals and international peer-reviewed conference proceedings are included:

Workshops held at the above conferences are included if they published peer-reviewed proceedings that are indexed in DBLP under the conference's entry. I'm open to expanding the list of venues; this is a starting point for now.

Is a simple paper count useful? Well, don't read too much into the exact rankings. But it's a decent proxy for which institutions are active in the research community (or communities) that's constituted by the above venues, in the sense that you regularly see them represented at conferences and in journals. I've found it especially useful as a way of discovering researchers and institutions who I didn't know were active in this field, because they go to a different set of conferences than I do.

There are of course limitations to this kind of list. Different venues have different sizes, quality thresholds, external impacts, etc. I could normalize or weight by any of those measures, but I'm not convinced it would make the result more useful, and it would give me a bunch of power to reorder things just by tweaking weights. As an additional caveat, this list focuses on the technical games research community's own venues, and doesn't reflect those who do technical games work but publish it in other ways. For example, some people who come from a specific discipline such as AI, HCI, or graphics may prefer to publish in that discipline's general venues, such as JAIR, CHI, or SIGGRAPH. Other researchers with an industry-oriented focus may prefer to present at GDC instead of at academic conferences.

Data from DBLP as of the 2019-02-08 data dump, processed using a few scripts. Affiliations are maintained manually by me, and may have errors or omissions. I'm currently tracking 1912 researchers at 637 institutions (!); see the full list for details.