The Eric Dybsand Memorial AI Scholarship is an important piece of the IGDA Foundation’s history, given that it was the award that drove the creation of our organisation. Eric’s impact as a welcoming figure within the Game AI community set the blueprint for what would become the award established in his honor, which we have given out annually since our beginnings. Today we are delighted to introduce you to the 2017 Eric Dybsand Memorial AI Scholar, the 11th student to benefit from that legacy!
Eric Vignola is a game developer, thinker, and obsessive. He uses artificial intelligence and interactive experiences to help players explore some of life’s toughest questions. In the past, Eric has helped create tools that allow video game authors to create more expressive worlds that allow for deeper player interaction through artificial intelligence. Presently, he is creating a game about the experience of being biracial in the United States and feelings of social isolation. Eric is planning to create an online media company that uses micro games and blog posts to help people develop greater levels of emotional intelligence through play.
Eric will receive not only all of the benefits of being an IGDA Scholar, such as a complimentary pass courtesy of GDC, but will also be welcomed with open arms by the Game AI community, participating in the AI Summit and being an honored guest at the annual AI Programmers Dinner.
Please join us in congratulating Eric on this great achievement, and if you see him at GDC make sure that you say hello!
The IGDA Foundation is indebted to GDC, the AI Game Programmers Guild and the various members of the community who make this award possible