Bob De Schutter (MFA, PhD) is the C. Michael Armstrong Professor of Applied Game Design at the College of Education, Health & Society and the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies, a Research Fellow of the Scripps Gerontology Center of Miami University (Oxford, OH).
His creative, research and teaching interests include game design, the older audience of digital games, and the use of games for non-entertainment purposes. His work focuses on the importance of play throughout the entire lifespan and speaks out against the stereotyping of older video game players in game design and marketing.
He has been invited to teach and speak in Europe, North America and Asia, his research on gerontoludic design and gameful instruction has been published in leading publications of several fields, and he has designed a wide range of educational and therapeutic games. His work has received several awards and recognition, including Miami University's Distinguished Junior Scholar Award.
Bob has served industry as an independent consultant, public speaker, developer and entrepreneur, is a lifetime member of the International Game Developers Association, has founded and chaired the Gerontoludic Society as well as the Flemish chapter of the Digital Games Research Association, and is the Director of Miami University's Engaging Technology Lab. Prior to joining Miami University, Bob was a researcher and the lead designer for the e-Media Lab of the KU Leuven campus Group T.
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