Primary Menu

Education, Events, Publication

Funding & Recognition

Rogelio Cardona-Rivera

Title: Assistant Professor
College: Engineering
School / Department: School of Computing
Mentoring Philosophy:

I am Rogelio (rho-HEL-ee-oh), an Assistant Professor of the School of Computing and the Entertainment Arts and Engineering Program, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah, where I direct the Laboratory for Quantitative Experience Design. [CV]

My research focuses on the design of games, systems where users direct an unfolding experience by taking on ludic/dramatic roles. Broadly speaking, I argue that the process of design requires computationally modeling our human intelligence: our unique capacity to interpret and understand the world around us. My work involves synthesizing, designing, developing, and experimentally evaluating intelligent artifacts that codify aspects of how we imagine ourselves acting within virtual environments.

Overall, the vision I am pursuing is the establishment of a science of game design, in which we have identified invariant properties that exist between an inner environment (a person's cognitive states), an interface (narratological and ludological discourse), and an outer environment (virtual worlds), for all such constituent parts that we can imagine.

My work has been supported by the National Science FoundationGEM Ph.D. Fellowship, the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects' AgencyOculus VR, and Activision | Blizzard.