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GRO — Result In Brief

Project ID: 621403
Funded under: FP7-REGPOT
Country: United Kingdom

European research and innovation excellence in digital games technology

With its broad socioeconomic applications, games technology can be of great benefit to society as a whole. An EU initiative is helping to boost research in the digital games technology domain.
European research and innovation excellence in digital games technology
The digital games market has exploded in recent years. Promoting research excellence in digital games technology can spur development in European regional economies.

With this in mind, the EU-funded GRO (Games research opportunities and research excellence in Cornwall and the EU) project aims to build the digital games research capacity and innovation at Falmouth University located in the economically disadvantaged area of Cornwall, the United Kingdom.

During the first six months, a leading computational creativity researcher and internationally renowned professor was appointed among nine other candidates to the European Research Area (ERA) Chair of Digital Games Technology. The ERA Chair is responsible for directing research fellows with expertise in games technology. The six researchers are in the process of being recruited. The Chair is also tasked with implementing a strategic approach to economic development through targeted support for research and innovation. This involves helping to define and implement Smart Specialisation strategies at regional, national and EU levels.

The research team aims to examine the potential for computational creativity in order to improve video game design and vice versa. Work will involve the commercialisation of research software and blue-sky explorations of new technologies and their application to games.

Strategic links are also being forged with local, national and international game and game-related industry players.

Ongoing work in GRO is contributing to building a sustainable games sector in Cornwall. By developing Falmouth University's digital games research capacity, it will serve as a catalyst for innovation and regional development.

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