USC Games Institute

The USC Games Institute is a recently developed Organized Research Unit (ORU) that serves as an internal nexus to bring together game-related research and development threads at USC, and serves externally as a portal between USC and industry to provide a single point of access to USC research in this area.

The ORU is co-directed by Jim Baker, director of the Integrated Media Systems Center in the Viterbi School of Engineering and Professor Scott S. Fisher, chair of the Interactive Media Division in the School of Cinematic Arts, and is overseen by a steering committee from the Viterbi School of Engineering, the Annenberg School for Communication, the Roski School of Fine Arts, and the Institute for Creative Technologies.

A primary mission of the USC Games Institute is to provide an interdisciplinary venue for research, development and education on the future of interactive games, with focus on science, technology, and design for both entertainment and serious purpose. It is anticipated that the institute will provide the necessary conditions and infrastructure that will allow USC to more effectively pursue major research initiatives in the emerging interdisciplinary area of games, and in turn have a major impact on advancing the games industry and guiding its impact on society.

To achieve this goal, the institute will address three core needs of the USC game community.

These needs are:

  • Electronic means for sharing game related information within USC
  • Opportunities for face-to-face idea exchange and collaboration within USC
  • Means for USC to demonstrate leadership in games education and research beyond USC and to showcase USC innovations in this field.