Dr. Nicholas Graham
Dr. Nicholas Graham is a professor in the School of Computing at Queen's University. He specializes in the technology underlying the design and development of digital games, with particular focus on the problems of human computer interaction in games. He is currently performing research into the design of "exergames" - video games with a physical exercise component as a way of encouraging physical activity among children. His group has developed the Liberi exergame as a fun way for children with CP to engage in vigorous exercise together with friends connected by a network. Dr. Graham is a member (and former chair) of the IFIP Working Group 2.7/13.4 on User Interface Engineering. He was the founding chair of the steering committee of the ACM International Symposium on Engineering Interactive Systems. He is currently the leader of the Games for Fitness project involving researchers from nine universities across Canada, part of the GRAND Networks of Centres of Excellence.
Areas of Focus
Computer-Aided Exercise: looking at how digital games can increase enjoyment of physical exercise; Game networking: focusing on novel techniques for specifying networking and consistency algorithms in distributed games; Simulation Games examining how gaming technology can improve simulation-based training.