Ageing Society in the Era of Pandemics: Approaches in Japan and Canada

PTJC Webinar 4: Mobilizing Serious Game during COVID-19

12 January 2021



Wednesday, January 27, 2021 | 5:00 pm (MST)
Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 9:00 am (Japan)


Prof. Hiroyuki Matsukuma is currently an associate professor at Content and Creative Design, Faculty of Design of Kyushu University. He graduated from Department of Visual Communication Design of Kyushu Institute of Design in 1994, and completed master’s degree of Communication Science at the University in 1996. He has been working at GALA (Graphic Art Laboratory) of Toppan printing Co., Ltd from 1997 to 2003. He started working at Kyushu Institute of Design as a lecturer in the same year. He is also a member of DiGRA JAPAN, JSSD, IPS, ADADA and one of the executive board members of DiGRA JAPAN as well as an executive director of ADAA Committee office. His special subjects of study are Content Design, and Serious Gaming. In collaboration with hospitals and welfare institutions, he has engaged in research and development of Serious Games aimed at rehabilitation and health care mainly focusing on the elderly.

Prof. Geoffrey Rockwell is a professor of Philosophy and Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta, Canada. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Haverford College, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto and worked at the University of Toronto as a Senior Instructional Technology Specialist. From 1994 to 2008 he was at McMaster University where he was the Director of the Humanities Media and Computing Centre (1994 - 2004) and he led the development of an undergraduate Multimedia program funded through the Ontario Access To Opportunities Program. He has published and presented papers in the area of philosophical dialogue, textual visualization and analysis, humanities computing, instructional technology, computer games and multimedia. He is the project leader for the CFI (Canada Foundation for Innovation) funded project TAPoR, a Text Analysis Portal for Research, which has developed a text tool portal for researchers who work with electronic texts and he organized a SSHRC funded conference, The Face of Text in 2004. He has published a book "Defining Dialogue: From Socrates to the Internet" with Humanity Books.


Chelsea Miya is a PhD Candidate and CGS SSHRC fellow in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta with a background in journalism. Her work explores the intersections of data and art/culture. She is a researcher with the SpokenWeb, a cross-institutional project dedicated to the discovery and preservation of literary recordings, and she will be producing an upcoming episode of Season 2 of the SpokenWeb Podcast.


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