Weekly Seminar Series: “Learning from Playing Games”

25/04/2018 - 25/04/2018



Many baby animals play to understand the world. From this evidence, some psychologists and pedagogists have proposed “gamification” as a technique for better learning… With inconclusive results.

Here, Prof. Figueiras proposes a different perspective: To learn from (consciously) playing different kinds of (singular and collective, mainly) games, and even to learn from players. Playing some selected games will help to appreciate the potential benefits of these processes. Some conclusions and a couple of recommendations close the lecture.


Aníbal R. Figueiras-Vidal (Tel. Eng., UPM, 1973, Dr. Tel. Eng., UPC, 1976) has served at UPC, UPM (as a Full Prof., since 1978), USC, and at UC3M during the last 20 years. His teaching and research is focused on DSP and ML, together with their applications. He has been PI in almost 100 national and international research projects and contracts, published 80+ SCI journal papers, and supervised 30+ Doctoral dissertations. He is a member of the Spain Real Academia de Ingeniería, serving as its President from 2007 to 2011. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, and he has been distinguished with “Honoris Causa” Doctor degrees by Universidad de Vigo (1999) and Universidad San Pablo, Arequipa, Peru (2011).

CTTC Auditorium / 10:00h