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Mateas named MacArthur Foundation Chair

Michael Mateas

Michael Mateas has been selected as the inaugural MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair for the UC Santa Cruz campus. The MacArthur Chair was established in 2009 for the purpose of supporting research, public service, and teaching that promotes the objectives of the MacArthur Foundation, which include working to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. Michael was selected for the chair based on his proposal, “Radically Expanding the Expressive Power of Serious Games.” Michael, an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will hold the chair for five years.

I had the good fortune to be with Michael when he heard the news. His reaction? “I’m stunned.” Congratulations, Michael, for a well-deserved honor!


About the author:  Jim is Professor and Chair of Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz. He has research interests in procedural level generation for computer games, as well as automatic bug prediction. His favorite games are Radiant Silvergun and Civilization IV. Read more from this author


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5 Comments

  1. Posted July 8, 2009 at 10:32 AM | Permalink

    Awesome! I’d be interested in reading that proposal…

  2. Noah Wardrip-Fruin
    Posted July 8, 2009 at 11:07 AM | Permalink

    Yes, many congratulations!

  3. Posted July 8, 2009 at 12:15 PM | Permalink

    That’s very cool. Glad to see some of that MacArthur money going to an expressive intelligence.

  4. Posted July 8, 2009 at 4:04 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations! Hurray.

  5. Posted July 9, 2009 at 8:20 AM | Permalink

    Congratulations, Michael! I hope your new chair, like this one, is effective in taking you to many great places, and I’m looking forward to your work on the project you proposed.