The Laboratory for Quantitative Experience Design (QED Lab) is an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Utah. We build human-centered artificial intelligence systems in search of invariant properties of experience design: precise relationships that exist between an inner environment (a person’s cognitive states), interface (narrative & game discourse) and outer environment (virtual worlds).
Michael Young is the Chair of the Games Division and an adjunct professor in the Kahlert School of Computing and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Utah, as well as an adjunct professor of Computer Science at NC State University. He directs the Liquid Narrative research group with students and staff at the U. His research focuses on the development of computational models of AI in interactive narrative with applications to computer games, educational and training systems and virtual environments. He has published more than 125 papers in leading conferences and journals in computer games, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, cognitive science. autonomous agents and intelligent user interfaces.