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.

Technical games research isn't meant strictly, and includes interdisciplinary venues such as FDG, DiGRA, and ICIDS in addition to purely technical ones (full list below the table). The qualifier is added to clarify that this is not the list you want for game-studies research in the humanities, sociology, media studies, etc., where publication practices are different and not well represented here (I don't include any books or game-studies journals). To find such institutions, you might try Bonnie Ruberg's list of game-studies PhD programs instead.

To give a lay-of-the-land rather than just a ranking, each institution lists the researchers at that institution 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.

Institution Country Papers
1.
University of California Santa Cruz
Michael Mateas, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Jim Whitehead, Katherine Isbister, James Ryan, Adam M. Smith, ...
Top venues: FDG, AIIDE, ICIDS, DiGRA, CIG, ToG
USA 94.8
2.
North Carolina State University
Arnav Jhala, David L. Roberts, Tiffany Barnes, Chris Martens, James C. Lester, Jonathan P. Rowe, ...
Top venues: AIIDE, FDG, ICIDS, CIG
USA 52.1
3.
University of Alberta
Vadim Bulitko, Michael Buro, Martin Müller, Duane Szafron, Ryan B. Hayward, Marcia Spetch, ...
Top venues: AIIDE, CG, ToG, CIG, ACG
Canada 48.7
4.
New York University
Julian Togelius, Clara Fernández-Vara, Andrew Nealen, ...
Top venues: CIG, FDG, DiGRA, ToG, AIIDE
USA 45.4
5.
University of York
Anders Drachen, Peter I. Cowling, Paul A. Cairns, Sebastian Deterding, Daniel Kudenko, Daniel Whitehouse, ...
Top venues: CIG, CHI Play, ToG, AIIDE
UK 41.8
6.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Mark O. Riedl, Brian Magerko, Ian Bogost, Blair MacIntyre, Joshua A. Fisher, ...
Top venues: AIIDE, FDG, ICIDS
USA 41.5
7.
Drexel University
Santiago Ontañón, Jichen Zhu, Stefan Rank, Alberto Uriarte, Josep Valls-Vargas, ...
Top venues: AIIDE, ICIDS, FDG, CHI Play, CIG, ToG
USA 41.4
8.
University of Utah
R. Michael Young, José P. Zagal, Peter Christiansen, Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera, Roger Altizer, ...
Top venues: AIIDE, FDG, DiGRA, ToG, ICIDS
USA 40.0
9.
University of Malta
Georgios N. Yannakakis, Antonios Liapis, Daniel Vella, Gordon Calleja, ...
Top venues: CIG, FDG, AIIDE, DiGRA, ToG
Malta 39.7
10.
Northeastern University
Magy Seif El-Nasr, Christoffer Holmgård, Sam Snodgrass, Seth Cooper, Kevin Gold, Celia Pearce, ...
Top venues: FDG, AIIDE, DiGRA, ICIDS, ICEC
USA 34.7
11.
Queen Mary University of London
Simon M. Lucas, Diego Perez Liebana, ...
Top venues: CIG, ToG
UK 28.3
12.
Falmouth University
Mark J. Nelson, Simon Colton, Edward J. Powley, Michael Cook, ...
Top venues: CIG, AIIDE, ToG
UK 24.5
13.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Letizia Jaccheri, Alf Inge Wang, Michail N. Giannakos, Bian Wu, ...
Top venues: ICEC, IJCGT
Norway 23.1
14.
American University
Lindsay D. Grace, Mike Treanor, ...
Top venues: FDG, ACE, DiGRA
USA 22.8
15.
IT University of Copenhagen
Miguel Sicart, Paolo Burelli, Sebastian Risi, Espen Aarseth, Rune K. L. Nielsen, ...
Top venues: FDG, CIG
Denmark 21.1
16.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
D. Fox Harrell, Dominic Kao, Peter A. Mawhorter, ...
Top venues: FDG, AIIDE, CIG
USA 20.9
17.
RMIT University
Florian 'Floyd' Mueller, Fabio Zambetta, Richard Byrne, Stefan Greuter, ...
Top venues: CHI Play, DiGRA
Australia 20.3
18.
Queensland University of Technology
Daniel M. Johnson, Peta Wyeth, Darryl Woodford, Brendan Keogh, ...
Top venues: CHI Play, DiGRA
Australia 18.8
19.
Maastricht University
Mark H. M. Winands, Jos W. H. M. Uiterwijk
Top venues: CIG, ACG, ToG, CG
Netherlands 18.4
20.
Nova University of Lisbon
Teresa Romão, Nuno Correia, Pedro Centieiro, ...
Top venues: ACE
Portugal 18.3
21.
National University of Singapore
Alex Mitchell, Ryohei Nakatsu, Kevin McGee, ...
Top venues: ICIDS, ICEC
Singapore 18.0
22.
HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
Hartmut Koenitz, Christian Roth, Noam Knoller, Teun Dubbelman
Top venues: ICIDS
Netherlands 17.9
23.
Uppsala University
Annika Wærn, Henrik Warpefelt, Patrick Prax, Jon Back, ...
Top venues: DiGRA, FDG
Sweden 17.8
24.
University of Tokyo
Tomoyuki Kaneko, Michitaka Hirose, Takeshi Naemura, Masahiko Inami, ...
Top venues: ACE, ACG
Japan 17.7
25.
University of Duisburg-Essen
Maic Masuch, Katharina Emmerich, ...
Top venues: ACE, ICEC, CHI Play
Germany 17.6
26.
University of Waterloo
Lennart E. Nacke, Rina R. Wehbe, Gustavo Fortes Tondello, ...
Top venues: CHI Play
Canada 17.5
27.
University of Tsukuba
Junichi Hoshino, Yuki Hashimoto, ...
Top venues: ICEC, ACE
Japan 17.4
28.
University of Lisbon
Ana Paiva, Rui Prada, Luís Duarte, ...
Top venues: ACE, ICIDS, CIG
Portugal 17.4
29.
University of Saskatchewan
Regan L. Mandryk, Carl Gutwin, Max Birk, ...
Top venues: CHI Play, ICEC
Canada 16.9
30.
Eindhoven University of Technology
Matthias Rauterberg, Jun Hu, Mathilde M. Bekker, ...
Top venues: ICEC, EntCom
Netherlands 16.1
31.
University of California Irvine
Joshua Tanenbaum, Bonnie A. Nardi, Karen Tanenbaum, ...
Top venues: FDG, ICIDS
USA 15.9
32.
McGill University
Clark Verbrugge, Ben A. Kybartas, Paul G. Kry, ...
Top venues: AIIDE, FDG
Canada 15.4
33.
University of Central Florida
Anne Sullivan, Kenneth O. Stanley, Joseph J. LaViola Jr., Gita Reese Sukthankar, Anastasia Salter, ...
Top venues: FDG, AIIDE
USA 15.4
34.
Utrecht University
Arjan Egges, Roland Geraerts, René Glas, ...
Top venues: MIG
Netherlands 14.6
35.
Tilburg University
Pieter Spronck, Sander Bakkes, ...
Top venues: CIG, AIIDE
Netherlands 14.1
36.
University of Twente
Anton Nijholt, Dennis Reidsma, Mariët Theune, ...
Top venues: EntCom, ACE
Netherlands 14.0
37.
Reykjavik University
Yngvi Björnsson, David Thue, ...
Top venues: ICIDS
Iceland 13.9
38.
University of Southern California
Andrew S. Gordon, Ari Shapiro, ...
Top venues: MIG, ICIDS
USA 13.8
39.
University of New Orleans
Stephen G. Ware, Ben Samuel, Rachelyn Farrell, ...
Top venues: AIIDE
USA 13.7
40.
Simon Fraser University
Philippe Pasquier, Arne Eigenfeldt, Jim Bizzocchi, ...
Top venues: AIIDE
Canada 13.6
41.
Delft University of Technology
Rafael Bidarra, Tim Tutenel, ...
Top venues: FDG
Netherlands 13.5
42.
University of Madeira
Valentina Nisi, Nuno Nunes, Jesús Ibáñez, ...
Top venues: ACE, ICIDS
Portugal 13.0
43.
Aalborg University
Henrik Schoenau-Fog, Luis Emilio Bruni, ...
Top venues: ICIDS
Denmark 12.6
44.
University of Tampere
Janne Paavilainen, Hannu Korhonen, Kati Alha, Annakaisa Kultima, ...
Top venues: DiGRA, ACE
Finland 12.5
45.
Google
Tom Schaul, Brandon Tearse, ...
Top venues: FDG, AIIDE
Multinational 12.1
46.
University of Turin
Rossana Damiano, Vincenzo Lombardo, Amon Rapp, ...
Top venues: ICIDS
Italy 11.7
47.
University of Guelph
Daniel A. Ashlock, ...
Top venues: CIG
Canada 11.2
48.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Gillian Smith, Mark Claypool, ...
Top venues: FDG
USA 11.2
49.
University of Nevada Reno
Sushil J. Louis, Eelke Folmer, Bobby D. Bryant, ...
Top venues: CIG
USA 11.0
50.
University of New South Wales
Abdallah Saffidine, Oliver Bown, ...
Top venues: AIIDE
Australia 10.9
51.
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Gabriele Ferri, Ben A. M. Schouten, ...
Top venues: ICIDS
Netherlands 10.8
52.
Complutense University of Madrid
Pedro A. González-Calero, Marco Antonio Gómez-Martín, ...
Top venues: EntCom
Spain 10.5
53.
University of Genoa
Alessandro De Gloria, Francesco Bellotti, Riccardo Berta, Serena Zampolli, ...
Top venues: EntCom, ICIDS
Italy 10.4
54.
INRIA
Olivier Teytaud, Julien Pettré, ...
Top venues: MIG
France 10.4
55.
Future University Hakodate
Kaoru Sumi, Yoshinari Takegawa, ...
Top venues: ICEC, ICIDS
Japan 10.4
56.
JAIST
Hiroyuki Iida, Kokolo Ikeda, ...
Top venues: ICEC
Japan 10.3
57.
University of Geneva
Nicolas Szilas, Urs Richle, ...
Top venues: ICIDS
Switzerland 10.2
58.
Sejong University
Kyung-Joong Kim, ...
Top venues: CIG
South Korea 10.2
59.
Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers
Stéphane Natkin, ...
Top venues: ICEC
France 10.1
60.
University of Nottingham
Graham Kendall, ...
Top venues: ToG
UK 10.1
61.
Carnegie Mellon University
Jessica Hammer, Eric Kaltman, ...
Top venues: DiGRA
USA 10.1
62.
Ubisoft
Alessandro Canossa, Alexander Shoulson, ...
Top venues: FDG
Multinational 10.0
63.
University of Coimbra
Licinio Roque, Rui Craveirinha, ...
Top venues: ICEC
Portugal 9.8
64.
Paris Dauphine University
Tristan Cazenave
Top venues: ACG, CG
France 9.6
65.
RIKEN
Cameron Browne
Top venues: ToG
Japan 9.5
66.
University of Melbourne
Martin R. Gibbs, ...
Top venues: CHI Play
Australia 9.5
67.
Hochschule RheinMain
Ulrike Spierling, ...
Top venues: ICIDS
Germany 9.3
68.
Concordia University
Jonathan Lessard, Mia Consalvo, ...
Top venues: FDG
Canada 9.3
69.
University of Electro-Communications
Hiroyuki Kajimoto, Kunihito Hoki, ...
Top venues: ACE
Japan 9.3
70.
KU Leuven
Kathrin Gerling, Vero Vanden Abeele, ...
Top venues: CHI Play
Belgium 9.2
71.
University of Pennsylvania
Norman I. Badler, Yasmin B. Kafai, ...
Top venues: AIIDE
USA 9.1
72.
Northwestern University
Ian Horswill, ...
Top venues: AIIDE
USA 9.0
73.
University of Texas Austin
Risto Miikkulainen, ...
Top venues: CIG
USA 9.0
74.
University of Salzburg
Manfred Tscheligi, Christiane Moser, ...
Top venues: ACE, CHI Play
Austria 8.8
75.
Politecnico di Milano
Pier Luca Lanzi, Daniele Loiacono
Top venues: CIG
Italy 8.7
76.
Aalto University
Andrés Lucero, ...
Top venues: ACE
Finland 8.7
77.
City University of London
Adrian David Cheok, ...
Top venues: ACE
UK 8.6
78.
University of Denver
Nathan R. Sturtevant
Top venues: AIIDE
USA 8.5
79.
York University
Petros Faloutsos, ...
Top venues: MIG
Canada 8.4
80.
University of Gothenburg
Staffan Björk, Jonas Linderoth, ...
Top venues: FDG, DiGRA
Sweden 8.3
81.
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Pejman Mirza-Babaei, Dennis L. Kappen, ...
Top venues: CHI Play
Canada 8.3
82.
Northumbria University
Li Zhang, ...
Top venues: MIG
UK 8.1
83.
Portland State University
Garrison W. Greenwood, ...
Top venues: CIG
USA 8.0
84.
Charles University
Cyril Brom, ...
Top venues: ICIDS
Czech Rep. 8.0
85.
University of Washington
Zoran Popovic, ...
Top venues: FDG
USA 7.9
86.
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Bruno Feijó, Antonio L. Furtado, ...
Top venues: ICEC
Brazil 7.8
87.
National Chiao Tung University
I-Chen Wu, Chuen-Tsai Sun, ...
Top venues: ToG
Taiwan 7.8
88.
Ritsumeikan University
Ruck Thawonmas, ...
Top venues: CIG
Japan 7.6
89.
Trinity College Dublin
Rachel McDonnell, Mads Haahr, ...
Top venues: MIG
Ireland 7.5
90.
IBM
Michal Bída, Adi Botea, ...
Top venues: ICIDS
Multinational 7.5
91.
Kobe University
Tsutomu Terada, Masahiko Tsukamoto, ...
Top venues: ACE
Japan 7.3
92.
Keio University
Maki Sugimoto, ...
Top venues: ACE
Japan 7.3
93.
Rutgers University
Mubbasir Kapadia, ...
Top venues: MIG
USA 7.0
94.
University of Skövde
Björn Berg Marklund, ...
Top venues: FDG
Sweden 6.9
95.
Texas A&M University
Francis K. H. Quek, ...
Top venues: ICIDS
USA 6.9
96.
DePaul University
Doris C. Rusch, ...
Top venues: FDG
USA 6.8
97.
University of Augsburg
Elisabeth André, ...
Top venues: DiGRA
Germany 6.7
98.
GTN Ltd
Noor Shaker
Top venues: CIG
UK 6.7
99.
Lancaster University
Paul Coulton, ...
Top venues: ACE
UK 6.5
100.
University of Basel
Elisa D. Mekler, Klaus Opwis, ...
Top venues: CHI Play
Switzerland 6.5

The 245 researchers listed with their institutions above are those with at least 2.0 papers, sorted within institution in descending order. A maximum of six people are listed per institution; see here for full lists. The venues are the top venue for each institution, plus any additional venues where the institution has at least 3.0 papers, again sorted in descending order, and up to a maximum of six per institution. 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 16 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 count of papers the right metric? 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. These are the institutions you'll regularly see at the field's conferences and in its 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 subset of conferences than I do.

Data from DBLP as of the 2018-03-12 data dump, processed using a few scripts. Affiliations are maintained manually by me, and may have errors or omissions. I'm currently tracking 1338 researchers at 490 institutions (!); see the full list for details.