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.

January 2020 edition (changelog).

Institution Country Papers
1.
University of California Santa Cruz
Michael Mateas, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Jim Whitehead, Adam M. Smith, Katherine Isbister, Max Kreminski, Marilyn A. Walker, Kate Compton, Lucas Ferreira, Elín Carstensdóttir & 15 more
Top venues: FDG, AIIDE, ICIDS, CoG, ToG, CHI Play
USA 90.1
2.
University of Alberta
Vadim Bulitko, Michael Buro, Nathan R. Sturtevant, Martin Müller, Ryan B. Hayward, Duane Szafron, Matthew Guzdial, Marius Stanescu, Levi Lelis, Marcia Spetch & 19 more
Top venues: AIIDE, CoG, ToG, CG, ACG, FDG
Canada 62.0
3.
Queen Mary University of London
Simon M. Lucas, Diego Perez Liebana, Peter I. Cowling, Simon Colton, Michael Cook, Raluca D. Gaina, Jeremy Gow & 8 more
Top venues: CoG, ToG, AIIDE, FDG
UK 58.3
4.
North Carolina State University
Chris Martens, Arnav Jhala, David L. Roberts, James C. Lester, Tiffany Barnes, Jonathan P. Rowe, Bradford W. Mott, Sasha Azad & 14 more
Top venues: AIIDE, FDG, ICIDS, CoG, ToG
USA 56.1
5.
New York University
Julian Togelius, Rodrigo Canaan, Ahmed Khalifa, Fernando de Mesentier Silva, Michael Cerny Green & 7 more
Top venues: CoG, FDG, ToG, AIIDE
USA 46.9
6.
Google
Santiago Ontañón, Tom Schaul, Brandon Tearse & 24 more
Top venues: AIIDE, CoG, ToG, FDG
Multinational 42.1
7.
Maastricht University
Mark H. M. Winands, Cameron Browne, Matthew Stephenson, Jos W. H. M. Uiterwijk, Dennis J. N. J. Soemers & 3 more
Top venues: CoG, ToG, ACG, CG
Netherlands 41.9
8.
University of Malta
Georgios N. Yannakakis, Antonios Liapis, Stefano Gualeni, Daniel Karavolos & 4 more
Top venues: CoG, FDG, AIIDE, ToG
Malta 40.8
9.
University of York
Anders Drachen, Paul A. Cairns, Sebastian Deterding, Justus Robertson, Ioanna Iacovides, Daniel Kudenko & 17 more
Top venues: CHI Play, CoG, FDG, AIIDE, EntCom, ToG
UK 40.5
10.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Mark O. Riedl, Brian Magerko, Anne Sullivan, Janet H. Murray & 13 more
Top venues: FDG, AIIDE, ICIDS, CHI Play, ToG
USA 39.4
11.
Northeastern University
Magy Seif El-Nasr, Seth Cooper, Anurag Sarkar, Casper Harteveld, Kevin Gold, Erica Kleinman & 13 more
Top venues: FDG, AIIDE, CHI Play, ICIDS, ICEC
USA 36.5
12.
University of Utah
R. Michael Young, Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera, Rushit Sanghrajka, José P. Zagal, Roger Altizer, Peter Christiansen & 2 more
Top venues: AIIDE, FDG, ICIDS, ToG
USA 34.3
13.
RMIT University
Florian 'Floyd' Mueller, Fabio Zambetta, Zhuying Li & 18 more
Top venues: CHI Play, CoG, ToG, ICIDS
Australia 32.6
14.
Eindhoven University of Technology
Günter Wallner, Erik D. Van der Spek, Matthias Rauterberg, Max Birk, Jun Hu, Martijn Kors & 8 more
Top venues: CHI Play, ICEC, EntCom, FDG, ACE
Netherlands 30.6
15.
University of Duisburg-Essen
Maic Masuch, Katharina Emmerich & 7 more
Top venues: CHI Play, ACE, ICEC, CoG, FDG
Germany 27.2
16.
University of Tokyo
Tomoyuki Kaneko, Takeshi Naemura, Yoshimasa Tsuruoka, Masahiko Inami & 14 more
Top venues: ACE, CoG, ACG
Japan 26.7
17.
HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
Hartmut Koenitz, Christian Roth, Teun Dubbelman, Noam Knoller
Top venues: ICIDS
Netherlands 26.0
18.
Nova University of Lisbon
Teresa Romão, Nuno Correia, Pedro Centieiro, A. Eduardo Dias & 7 more
Top venues: ACE
Portugal 25.5
19.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Letizia Jaccheri, Alf Inge Wang, Michail N. Giannakos & 10 more
Top venues: ICEC, EntCom, ACE
Norway 24.3
20.
Drexel University
Jichen Zhu, Stefan Rank & 9 more
Top venues: CHI Play, ICIDS, AIIDE, FDG, CoG
USA 24.3
21.
University of Kentucky
Stephen G. Ware, Brent Harrison, Rachelyn Farrell, Alireza Shirvani & 2 more
Top venues: AIIDE, FDG, ICIDS
USA 23.9
22.
Aalto University
Elisa D. Mekler, Masood Masoodian, Perttu Hämäläinen & 18 more
Top venues: CHI Play, ACE, ICEC, CoG
Finland 23.7
23.
University of Waterloo
Lennart E. Nacke, Gustavo Fortes Tondello, Rina R. Wehbe, Mark S. Hancock & 8 more
Top venues: CHI Play
Canada 23.6
24.
modl.ai
Sam Snodgrass, Sebastian Risi, Christoffer Holmgård, Vanessa Volz, Niels Justesen & 2 more
Top venues: CoG, FDG, AIIDE, ToG
Denmark 23.4
25.
University of Lisbon
Ana Paiva, Carlos Martinho, Rui Prada, Pedro Santos, Luís Duarte & 8 more
Top venues: ICIDS, ACE, CoG, FDG, AIIDE
Portugal 22.7
26.
University of Tsukuba
Junichi Hoshino & 13 more
Top venues: ICEC, ACE
Japan 22.5
27.
University of Saskatchewan
Regan L. Mandryk, Carl Gutwin, Kevin G. Stanley & 6 more
Top venues: CHI Play, ICEC, EntCom
Canada 22.2
28.
National University of Singapore
Alex Mitchell, Ryohei Nakatsu, Kevin McGee & 7 more
Top venues: ICIDS, ICEC, CHI Play
Singapore 19.7
29.
Queensland University of Technology
Daniel M. Johnson, Peta Wyeth & 11 more
Top venues: CHI Play
Australia 19.1
30.
University of Madeira
Valentina Nisi, Nuno Nunes, Mara Dionisio, Jesús Ibáñez & 5 more
Top venues: ICIDS, ACE
Portugal 18.6
31.
Leiden University
Mike Preuss, Marcello A. Gómez Maureira, H. Jaap van den Herik & 6 more
Top venues: CoG, FDG, ICEC
Netherlands 18.4
32.
KU Leuven
Kathrin Gerling, Vero Vanden Abeele & 7 more
Top venues: CHI Play, FDG
Belgium 18.3
33.
Delft University of Technology
Rafael Bidarra, Isabelle Kniestedt & 5 more
Top venues: FDG, ToG
Netherlands 16.7
34.
McGill University
Clark Verbrugge, Ben A. Kybartas, Paul G. Kry & 3 more
Top venues: AIIDE, FDG, MIG, ICIDS, ToG
Canada 16.6
35.
University of Southern California
Andrew Nealen, Ari Shapiro, Andrew S. Gordon & 15 more
Top venues: MIG, ICIDS, FDG, CoG
USA 16.2
36.
Aalborg University
Henrik Schoenau-Fog, Luis Emilio Bruni, Bjarke Alexander Larsen & 7 more
Top venues: ICIDS
Denmark 16.1
37.
IT University of Copenhagen
Paolo Burelli, Miguel Sicart, Rune K. L. Nielsen & 7 more
Top venues: FDG, CoG
Denmark 15.5
38.
University of California Irvine
Tess Tanenbaum, Bonnie A. Nardi & 4 more
Top venues: FDG, ICIDS, CHI Play
USA 15.2
39.
INRIA
Olivier Teytaud, Julien Pettré & 9 more
Top venues: MIG, CoG
France 15.1
40.
JAIST
Hiroyuki Iida, Kokolo Ikeda & 7 more
Top venues: ICEC, CoG, ACG
Japan 14.8
41.
Ritsumeikan University
Ruck Thawonmas, Tomohiro Harada & 4 more
Top venues: CoG, ICEC
Japan 14.4
42.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
D. Fox Harrell & 14 more
Top venues: FDG, AIIDE, CHI Play, CoG
USA 14.3
43.
University of Guelph
Daniel Ashlock & 2 more
Top venues: CoG
Canada 14.2
44.
Simon Fraser University
Arne Eigenfeldt, Philippe Pasquier & 6 more
Top venues: AIIDE, CoG
Canada 13.9
45.
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Ben A. M. Schouten, Gabriele Ferri, Mirjam Vosmeer, Riemer van Rozen & 2 more
Top venues: ICIDS, FDG
Netherlands 13.7
46.
University of Central Florida
Anastasia Salter, Joseph J. LaViola Jr. & 8 more
Top venues: FDG
USA 12.9
47.
University of Turin
Rossana Damiano, Vincenzo Lombardo, Amon Rapp, Antonio Pizzo
Top venues: ICIDS
Italy 12.4
48.
University of Twente
Anton Nijholt, Dennis Reidsma & 5 more
Top venues: ACE, EntCom
Netherlands 12.3
49.
American University
Mark J. Nelson, Mike Treanor & 2 more
Top venues: FDG, AIIDE, CoG
USA 12.2
50.
University of Bremen
Rainer Malaka & 6 more
Top venues: CHI Play, ICEC, EntCom
Germany 12.2
51.
University of Geneva
Nicolas Szilas, Urs Richle, Sergio Estupiñán & 1 more
Top venues: ICIDS
Switzerland 12.0
52.
Fluminense Federal University
Esteban Clua & 7 more
Top venues: ICEC, EntCom
Brazil 11.6
53.
Tampere University
Ville Kankainen & 9 more
Top venues: ACE, FDG, CHI Play
Finland 11.5
54.
Uppsala University
Annika Wærn, Elena Márquez Segura, Jon Back & 2 more
Top venues: FDG, CHI Play
Sweden 11.4
55.
Trinity College Dublin
Rachel McDonnell, Mads Haahr, Nicole Basaraba & 4 more
Top venues: ICIDS, MIG
Ireland 11.3
56.
University of California Davis
Joshua McCoy, Michael Neff & 6 more
Top venues: FDG, MIG, AIIDE
USA 11.2
57.
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Pejman Mirza-Babaei, Dennis L. Kappen & 8 more
Top venues: CHI Play, CiE
Canada 10.7
58.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Gillian Smith & 4 more
Top venues: FDG, AIIDE
USA 10.6
59.
University of Genoa
Serena Zampolli, María Cecilia Reyes & 4 more
Top venues: ICIDS, EntCom
Italy 10.6
60.
Microsoft
Sam Devlin & 13 more
Top venues: FDG, CHI Play
Multinational 10.6
61.
Utrecht University
Sander Bakkes & 6 more
Top venues: FDG, MIG
Netherlands 10.6
62.
University of Coimbra
Licinio Roque, Rui Craveirinha & 4 more
Top venues: ICEC, CHI Play, ACE
Portugal 10.4
63.
Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers
Stéphane Natkin, Guillaume Levieux & 5 more
Top venues: ICEC, EntCom
France 10.4
64.
University of Vienna
Helmut Hlavacs & 2 more
Top venues: ICEC
Austria 10.2
65.
Complutense University of Madrid
Pedro A. González-Calero & 8 more
Top venues: EntCom
Spain 10.1
66.
Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology
Kyung-Joong Kim & 1 more
Top venues: CoG
South Korea 10.0
67.
University of Salzburg
Manfred Tscheligi, Christiane Moser, Bernhard Maurer & 1 more
Top venues: CHI Play, ACE
Austria 9.7
68.
Politecnico di Milano
Pier Luca Lanzi, Daniele Loiacono
Top venues: CoG, ToG
Italy 9.6
69.
University of Skövde
Torbjörn Svensson, Per Backlund & 4 more
Top venues: FDG, ICIDS
Sweden 9.6
70.
University of New South Wales
Abdallah Saffidine, Oliver Bown & 4 more
Top venues: AIIDE
Australia 9.6
71.
University of Miami
Lindsay D. Grace
Top venues: FDG, ACE
USA 9.6
72.
Tilburg University
Pieter Spronck & 6 more
Top venues: AIIDE, CoG
Netherlands 9.5
73.
University of Electro-Communications
Hiroyuki Kajimoto, Kunihito Hoki & 4 more
Top venues: ACE
Japan 9.5
74.
Bournemouth University
Christos Gatzidis & 7 more
Top venues: ICIDS
UK 9.2
75.
University of Melbourne
Martin R. Gibbs, Eduardo Velloso & 7 more
Top venues: CHI Play
Australia 9.1
76.
Northwestern University
Ian Horswill & 2 more
Top venues: AIIDE
USA 9.0
77.
Carnegie Mellon University
Jessica Hammer & 11 more
Top venues: CHI Play
USA 8.8
78.
Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Alessandro Canossa, Jesper Juul
Top venues: FDG
Denmark 8.5
79.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Mei Si, Rebecca Rouse & 1 more
Top venues: ICIDS
USA 8.5
80.
York University
Petros Faloutsos & 5 more
Top venues: MIG
Canada 8.5
81.
Carleton University
David Thue & 4 more
Top venues: AIIDE, FDG
Canada 8.5
82.
Purdue University
Dominic Kao, Yubo Kou & 1 more
Top venues: FDG
USA 8.5
83.
Paris Dauphine University
Tristan Cazenave
Top venues: ToG, ACG
France 8.4
84.
University of Nevada Reno
Sushil J. Louis, Eelke Folmer & 2 more
Top venues: CoG, CHI Play
USA 8.4
85.
Ulm University
Michael Weber, Katja Rogers & 6 more
Top venues: CHI Play
Germany 8.2
86.
Rutgers University
Mubbasir Kapadia & 1 more
Top venues: MIG
USA 8.0
87.
Innopolis University
Joseph Alexander Brown & 4 more
Top venues: CoG, FDG
Russia 8.0
88.
University of Washington
Zoran Popovic & 7 more
Top venues: FDG
USA 7.9
89.
Northumbria University
Hubert P. H. Shum, Li Zhang & 4 more
Top venues: MIG
UK 7.9
90.
IBM
Andrew Hicks, Michal Bída & 3 more
Top venues: AIIDE, FDG
Multinational 7.8
91.
University of Nottingham
Graham Kendall & 6 more
Top venues: ToG, CHI Play
UK 7.7
92.
University of Turku
Veli-Matti Karhulahti & 6 more
Top venues: CoG
Finland 7.7
93.
University of Porto
António Coelho & 6 more
Top venues: ICIDS
Portugal 7.7
94.
Reykjavik University
Yngvi Björnsson & 4 more
Top venues: AIIDE, ToG
Iceland 7.6
95.
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Bruno Feijó, Antonio L. Furtado & 2 more
Top venues: ICEC, EntCom
Brazil 7.5
96.
Lancaster University
Paul Coulton & 4 more
Top venues: CHI Play
UK 7.4
97.
University of Pennsylvania
Norman I. Badler & 4 more
Top venues: AIIDE, MIG
USA 7.2
98.
Concordia University
Jonathan Lessard & 5 more
Top venues: FDG
Canada 7.1
99.
Hochschule RheinMain
Ulrike Spierling & 2 more
Top venues: ICIDS
Germany 7.1
100.
Malmö University
José M. Font, Steve Dahlskog & 3 more
Top venues: FDG, CoG
Sweden 7.0

The 259 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 2.0 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 2020-01-17 data dump, processed using a few scripts. Affiliations are maintained manually by me, and may have errors or omissions. I'm currently tracking 2140 researchers at 706 institutions (!); see the full list for details.