Defense: Operationalizing Operational Logics

Speaker Name: 
Joseph Osborn
Speaker Title: 
PhD Candidate
Speaker Organization: 
Computer Science
Start Time: 
Monday, June 18, 2018 - 10:00am
End Time: 
Monday, June 18, 2018 - 12:00pm
Location: 
Engineering 2, Room 280
Organizer: 
Michael Mateas

Abstract:  Since their initial development by Wardrip-Fruin and further exposition by Wardrip-Fruin and Mateas, operational logics (OLs) have enjoyed broad use in the critical analysis of videogames.  Besides their direct application in describing specific games, OLs underlie several approaches to understanding how games communicate ideas and a variety of projects in player and game modeling and game generation.  The key move in these projects has been to view games as assemblages of abstract operations from diverse logics, rather than simply as bags of "game mechanics."  This dissertation expands on the theory of operational logics and applies this refined theory to problems of interest in game modeling, game design support, and automated game design learning.