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Casper Harteveld

Assistant Professor – Game Design

Dr. Casper Harteveld works as an Assistant Professor of Game Design at the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University and has affiliated appointments in Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, and with the School of Law, in addition to partnering closely with faculty in Marine Science and Public Policy. He earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from Delft University of Technology in Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis, and Management. With these interdisciplinary degrees, he learned to combine the social sciences with engineering in order to study societal issues such as natural disasters and climate change, and later specialized in the use of modeling, simulation, and gaming to further explore these issues. He also acquired a BS in Psychology from Leiden University to obtain a better understanding of human behavior– as humans are key in understanding complex socio-technical systems.

Dr. Harteveld’s research focuses on using games to study and improve decision-making, and through these efforts, to advance our knowledge and engage people globally about societal issues. He primarily applies games in areas where it is challenging to study and educate in natural environments. Through this work, he tries to make sense of the past, present, and future, and use that to understand and inform decision-making. His long-term goal is to establish “computational collaborative sensemaking”– to engage the public or particular communities with the support of computing technologies in the study and education of decision making on societal issues.

For his work, Dr. Harteveld was awarded the Young Talent Prize of Information Systems, Special Prize for best dissertation in simulation & gaming, a Faculty Scholar fellowship, and four National Science Foundation awards. He is also a National Science Foundation Fellow of the Next Generation of Hazards & Disasters Researchers program.



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