Tucked away on the English south coast, Brighton has become something of a haven of creativity in the videogame and immersive technology sectors. This is amply demonstrated with the annual Develop: Brighton conference, which has just announced its first keynote speaker – Chet Faliszek of Bossa Studios.
Faliszek is the creative director of Bossa Studios, and has also previously worked as a writer of some of Valve’s most iconic titles, including Portal, Half-Life 2 and Left 4 Dead.
Covering the topic of artificial intelligence in videogames, Falizek will be delivering a talk titled: The Future of AI in Games Creation. The use of AI has been growing alongside immersive technologies, in many cases with machine learning and AI complementing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), such as with the Microsoft HoloLens.
“I’m excited to be speaking at Develop: Brighton this July,” commented Chet Faliszek. “It’ll be great to share some of what we’ve been learning on AI here at Bossa and to reveal how we see them impacting on the games of tomorrow.”
Other talks that have been announced include a presentation from Michael Hampden of Sony London Studio, who will be delivering a talk called: VR Evolution: Learnings and Strategies for Designing AAA VR Games. So far, VR has largely been the realm of smaller studios and independents, but as larger studios begin to test the waters with titles such as Fallout 4 VR and DOOM VFR.
Another talk with links to VR and immersive technology will be given by Alex Leff, Professor of Cignotive Neurology, who will be speaking about the benefits of therapy apps for patients with acquired brain injuries. VRFocus has previously covered how VR has been used to benefit patients, both to distract from pain and to provide a structure for therapy, with athletes successfully engaging with VR for physical therapy.