Summary of Game Industry Conference

Game Industry Conference is the new name for the conference organized every year since 4 years, earlier known as “Zjazd Twórców Gier”. It took place at the Poznan International Fair during the Poznan Game Arena from 16th to 18th October. This year it has been patroned not only by Rector and Dean of our University, as well as Ministry of Economy since last year, but also by Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

The conference consisted of 110 lectures, workshops and discussion sessions presented by 126 speakers. The speakers represented many game development companies from Poland and 40 companies from abroad. The topics included all important elements of the game development process: design, programming, graphics, audio, plot creation, new technologies, production, business aspects and research done in game industry.

In total there were 2940 audience members, and this number comes from the open format of the conference. This year a system for business meetings have been introduced, in which game creators could meet with publishers and investors. Over 150 registered participants, 643 invites and 484 meetings were held during the conference, which is a great success.

Welcome to Game Industry Conference!

Ruch Projektantów Gier, a science circle at PUT, has been organizing a scientific conference related to creating games under the name of “Zjazd Twórców Gier” for four years. This was an event held together with Poznan Game Arena, a market fair about computer games.

More and more people are visiting the conference and therefore the changes were inevitable – the name has been changed to Game Industry Conference to make it easier for all foreign visitors to find information about the event.

Each year the conference is breaking new records, both in terms of the number of sessions, as well as in the number of guests. Last year it hosted 89 talks from 104 speakers, from whom 37 were from a foreign countries. There were over 3000 guests and more than 650 were professionally connected with computer game design. The conference also hosted 4 workshops with around 60 participants.

GIC will be held in 2015 from October 16 to October 18, as always together with Poznan Game Arena. The entrance to GIC is free for all participants of PGA. We would like to warmly welcome everyone interested in game design and encourage you to visit GIC this year!

If you are interested in helping with the organization of the conference, you are also kindly welcomed. The more people we will have to run the event the better and bigger it will be. If you are interested in taking part in the organization process, please send an e-mail to contact@gic.gd.

IIIrd place in Pizza 2015 comptetition for our students

The students of the Ist year of Computing, Adam Krasucki and Szymon Melewski, teamed together to take the IIIrd place in the Pizza 2015 programming competition organized by University of Wroclaw.

The participants had to compete against 115 other teams in the eliminations, and among them 35 best teams competed in the grand finals. They have been beaten by one of many teams from University of Warsaw and by a team which consisted of the employees of Google Cracow.

The goal of the competition was to implement an algorithm that had to play different games using network environment and win against algorithms made by other teams. In each game there was a non-trivial problem to solve, which had to be extended with an artificial intelligence module and implement the network protocols to compete with other teams.

More information about the competition can be found on the website.

Tomasz Głowacki, PhD, received an award for his PhD thesis from City of Poznan

We are happy to announce that in the most recent award ceremony for the best PhD thesis held by the City of Poznan, the thesis from Tomasz Głowacki, PhD, received the highest honours and therefore has been awarded in this ceremony.

His thesis entitled “Zastosowanie metod opartych na teorii grafów do rozwiązywania wybranych problemów analizy sekwencji nukleotydowych i aminokwasowych” (eng. “Graph theory based methods applied to solve selected problems of nucleotide and aminoacid sequencing”) was supervised by Piotr Formanowicz, PhD. Hab., Prof. PUT, and defended on our university.

Congratulations!

IGEM 2014 – success of Bioinformatics students

In the finals of IGEM 2014 in Boston, a team of Bioinformatics students: Krzynowek Weronika, Nowicka Melania, Rżosińska Katarzyna, Bartoszewicz Jakub earned a bronze medal in the software category.

IGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) is an international competition of synthetic biology that is held each year since 2003.

Congratulations!

Ministry of Education award for Szymon Wąsik for his PhD dissertation

Szymon Wąsik, PhD, has been awarded by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education for his PhD dissertation entitled “Bioinformatics Models and Algorithms of Viral Infections”. Congratulations!

More information can be found on a website of Ministry (Polish only).

A competition organized by the Laboratory of Intelligent Decision Support Systems

Are you looking for new challenges? We’re looking for you! Create a prediction model, which will detect unwanted content in the service for announcements. The prize pool has reached 10 000 PLN and we also offer very attractive job positions for the best teams.

More details can be found in this document (in Polish) and on the website of the competition.

A scientific project proposed by Szymon Wąsik has been awarded in LIDER contest

The National Centre for Research and Development announced the results of the Vth edition of the LIDER contest. The scientific project “Optilion – a platform for continuous evaluation of optimization algorithms” proposed by Szymon Wąsik has been granted funds in this competition. Congratulations!

The results are published here (Polish only).

Professor Jan Węglarz became doctor honoris causa of Silesian University of Technology

It is our great pleasure to inform that professor Jan Węglarz became doctor honoris causa of Silesian University of Technology.

Professor Węglarz is well known specialist in the field of computer science and operational research. He created the fundamental theory of task scheduling and resource allocation problems. Professor is an author and coauthor of 17 monographs and almost 300 scientific papers in the most published worldwide journals.

Professor Jan Węglarz is director of Institute of Computing of Poznan University of Technology and plenipotentiary director of Intitute of Bioorganic Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences for Polish Supercomputing and Networking Center. He is also Polish representant in prestigous international computer science communities: EURO, IFORS and TERENA.

This is the eight doctor honoris causa title awarded to professor Węglarz, congratulations!

Team from Poznan won international competition Hello World Open

Students and alumni of Faculty of Computing won in international competition Hello World Open!

Team Need for C formed by alumni and current students of our university: Tomasz Żurkowski, Piotr Żurkowski, Wojciech Jaśkowski taken 1st place in the competition, beating over 2500 teams from all around the world! The task of the participants was to implement an algorithm that controlled a remote car on a track.

More information about the competition can be found here.