Marcello A. Gómez Maureira

Researcher and Designer

Marcello - or Maro for short - loves his work. Sure, at times it can feel like a one-sided relationship, when he battles on only armed with coffee, aiming for the perfect result. But nonetheless, it remains his trusty companion through life. He is ambitious, a bit geeky, fascinated by good design, and a challenging conversation partner when discussing the topics he feels passionate about.

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  • Present
    Sep 2017
    Lecturer
    Leiden University — Leiden, The Netherlands

    Teaching the courses "Introduction to Programming" (MSc.), "Game-Making for Beginners" (BSc. & MSc.), and "Game Design, Story-Telling and Society: An Interdisciplinary Hackaton" (BSc. & MSc.) at the Faculty of Humanities and the Institute of Computer Science at Leiden University.

  • Aug 2017
    Apr 2017
    Graduation Coordinator
    Leiden University — Leiden, The Netherlands

    Research and organisation support for graduating students of the Media Technology MSc. at Leiden University.

  • Present
    Mar 2017
    Co-Owner
    Dandy Unicorns VOF — Zoetermeer, The Netherlands

    Dandy Unicorns is a Dutch VOF made up of the dynamic duo Marcello Gómez Maureira and Isabelle Kniestedt. Our core specialties are the fields of Graphic Design, Animation, (Digital) Games, Interactive Applications, Visualizations, and Web Design.

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Education

  • Present
    2018
    Ph.D. Curiosity in Digital Games
    Leiden University — Leiden, The Netherlands
    Research into invoking curiosity within and through digital games.
  • 2017
    2016
    Ph.D. Curiosity in Digital Games
    University of Malta — Malta
    First year only; continuation at Leiden University
  • 2015
    2013
    M.Sc. Media Technology
    Leiden University — Leiden, Netherlands
    Graduation Thesis: "The Impact of Co-Located Play on Social Presence and Game Experience in Virtual Reality Games"
    Graduated Cum Laude
  • 2013
    2007
    B.Eng. Game Architecture & Design
    Breda University of Applied Sciences — Breda, Netherlands
    Visual Artist Track. Graduation Thesis: "SuperTux: A Song of Ice and Metrics - Comparing Metrics, Biometrics and Classic Methodologies for Improving Level Design"
    Graduated Cum Laude
  • 2006
    2001
    Diploma in Mechatronics
    Federal Technical College of Engineering — Mödling, Austria
    Graduation Project: "Toothbrush Test Bench - Construction of a mechanical test apparatus"
    Graduated Cum Laude

Honors & Awards

  • Apr 2014
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    CHI Nederland: Gerrit van der Veer Award

    The 'Gerrit van der Veer Prijs' is an initiative of CHI Netherlands and awards the best HCI thesis from Universities and Colleges. The award is named after the still active HCI education pioneer and co-founder of CHI Netherlands: Gerrit van der Veer (see website)

  • Sep 2011
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    Huygens Talent Scholarship 2011

    Launched in 2006, the Huygens Scholarship Programme was aimed at the inbound and outbound mobility and development of talented students, with the ultimate aim of strengthening the Netherland's knowledge-based economy as well as serving as a promotional tool for Dutch higher education. The programme had two key components: Huygens Dutch Talent (Huygens NL) for excellent Dutch students wanting to continue their studies abroad, and Huygens Internationaal Talent (Huygens INT) for excellent international students seeking to continue their studies in the Netherlands.

Review Activities

  • IEEE TAC
    Journal
    IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing (2016, 2019)
  • FDG 2018
    Conference
    International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games 2018
  • ENTCOM 2018
    Journal
    Entertainment Computing
  • DiGRA 2017
    Conference
    10th Digital Games Research Association Conference
  • ACE 2017
    Conference
    14th Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology Conference
  • DIS 2016
    Conference
    ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems 2016
  • ACE 2016
    Conference
    13th Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology Conference
  • ACE 2015
    Conference
    12th Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology Conference

Student Supervision

  • 2019
    M.Sc. Thesis in Media Technology
    Lotte van der Kamp — First Person vs. Third Person perspective in a digital Memory Palace
    Together with Tessa Verhoef
  • 2019
    M.Sc. Thesis in Media Technology
    Giulio Barbero — Intentionality and Engagement: The effects of video game engagement on mindreading performance
    Together with Max J. van Duijn
  • 2018
    M.Sc. Thesis in Media Technology
    Yanni Xiong — Gamified Learning: Using Narrative to Enhance Second Language Learning
    Together with Fons J. Verbeek
  • 2018
    Media Technology -- Semester Project
    Joëlle Zweekhorst, Nadine Roos and Ayla Koster — Escape Womb
    Together with the Media Technology teaching team
  • 2017
    M.Sc. Thesis in Digital Games
    Suus De Kock — Heritage Hunt - Developing a Roleplaying Game for Heritage Museums
    Together with Stefano Gualeni
  • 2017
    M.Sc. Thesis in Media Technology
    Adiel Ghafoerkhan — Mood Journaling - An Exploration Of Real Time Mood Developments As A Function Of Heart Rate
    Together with Edwin van der Heide

Other Activities

  • Jul 2018
    Summer School — Participant
    International Summer School in Affective Sciences (ISSAS) (2 Weeks)
  • Aug 2017
    Summer School — Participant
    Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience: From Molecule to Behavior (1 Week)
  • Aug 2017
    Summer School — Participant
    Being in an Online World – Towards a New Digital Psychology (1 Week)
  • Nov 2016
    Conference — Organizing Committee Member
    Philosophy of Computer Games Conference (POCG) 2016

Previous Positions

  • Present
    Nov 2016
    Director
    Placeholder Interactive Ltd. — Malta

    Placeholder Interactive Limited (aka PHI Ltd.) is the actual, non-placeholder, name of a game company in Malta working on video games for the classroom. The first project 'Ariana's Magical Journal on Light' received funding from the Malta Information Technology Agency.

  • Dec 2016
    Oct 2016
    Lecturer
    University of Malta — Malta

    Teaching the elective course "Creating Virtual Worlds" to Bachelor and Master students.

  • Dec 2016
    May 2016
    Research Support Officer
    University of Malta — Malta

    Research and design work as part of the Erasmus+ funded game development project "FORETELL".

  • Jun 2016
    Feb 2016
    Teaching Assistant
    University of Malta — Malta

    Assisting with the course "Affective Computing", teaching Master students about analyzing and measuring physiological responses for the purpose of understanding and modifying player behavior in digital games.

  • Dec 2016
    Dec 2015
    Co-Owner
    Dandy Unicorns Ltd. — Malta

    Dandy Unicorns Ltd. was a Malta-based company working on Graphic Design, Animation, (Digital) Games, Interactive Applications, Visualizations, and Web Design. The company was closed and re-opened in The Netherlands in 2017.

  • Jun 2015
    Jan 2015
    Research Assistant
    Breda University of Applied Sciences — Breda, The Netherlands

    Research into the visualisation of video game player data to support informed design decisions

  • Jun 2015
    Sep 2014
    Teaching Assistant
    Leiden University — Leiden, The Netherlands

    Assisting with the courses "Introduction to Programming", "Human Computer Interaction", and "Embodied Vision" (focus on Virtual Reality)

  • Aug 2013
    Jan 2013
    Research Assistant
    Breda University of Applied Sciences — Breda, The Netherlands

    Assisting research into location-based content delivery as evaluated in a CAVE environment. Support and supervision in Bachelor graduation projects.

  • Jan 2013
    Sep 2012
    Teaching Assistant
    Breda University of Applied Sciences — Breda, The Netherlands

    Assisting with the courses 'Ludology' and 'Game Architecture'

  • Jul 2012
    Jun 2011
    Freelance Game and Interface Designer
    Double Jungle — Breda, The Netherlands

    Project work on an unreleased browser game

  • Sep 2011
    Apr 2011
    Research Intern
    Breda University of Applied Sciences — Breda, The Netherlands

    Internship at the NHTV Medialab with a focus on Biometric QA research.

  • May 2012
    May 2010
    Freelance Visual Artist and Interface Designer
    Double Jungle — Breda, The Netherlands

    Project work on the critically acclaimed action-puzzle video game "Gua-Le-Ni" released for iOS (www.gua-le-ni.com)

  • Jan 2010
    Sep 2009
    Freelance Game Designer
    ForwardGames S.r.l. — Breda, The Netherlands

    Design work for an unreleased Nintendo DS game.

  • Jul 2009
    May 2009
    Trainee Cinematic Artist
    Playlogic Game Factory — Breda, The Netherlands

    Cinematic Artist on the game "Fairy Tale Fights" for Xbox360 and PlayStation 3.

  • Apr 2009
    Jan 2009
    Game Tester
    Playlogic Game Factory — Breda, The Netherlands
  • Mar 2007
    Jan 2007
    Design Engineer Intern
    LMF — Leobersdorf, Austria