Researchers


Pedro Nogueira

External Ph.D. Student at University of Porto, Portugal

Pedro is co-supervised by Dr. Nacke with Eugénio Oliveira, Rui Rodrigues, University of Porto, and Mike Ambinder from Valve Corporation. Before starting his Ph.D. studies, Pedro has worked in various European research projects. His work has ranged from conceptualizing and prototyping usable biometric monitoring systems for high-risk emergency scenarios to developing intelligent biomedical image annotation algorithms for drug research. His current work focuses on the study of how immersion is affected by emotional patterns and how these can be enforced to produce more immersive affective gaming experiences. To this end he is working on methods to determine players’ reactions to specific game events, which can be collated into time-evolving, self-adapting affective reaction profiles. His final goal is to use these user-independent profiles to provide a biofeedback loop with the necessary information on how each player would most likely react to each event in their current emotional state, thus enabling it to plan future interactions and effectively implement an automatic, data-driven regulation of their affective experience.

Projects


Publications

Year 2014


Fuzzy Affective Player Models: A Physiology-Based Hierarchical Clustering Method

Pedro Nogueira, Rúben Aguiar, Rui Rodrigues, Eugénio Oliveira, and Lennart E. Nacke. 2014. Fuzzy Affective Player Models: A Physiology-Based Hierarchical Clustering Method. In Proceedings of AIIDE 2014. Raleigh, NC, United States. AAAI, 132-138.

Year 2013


A Hybrid Approach at Emotional State Detection: Merging Theoretical Models of Emotion with Data-Driven Statistical Classifiers

Pedro Nogueira, Rui Rodrigues, Eugénio Oliveira, and Lennart E. Nacke. 2013. A Hybrid Approach at Emotional State Detection: Merging Theoretical Models of Emotion with Data-Driven Statistical Classifiers. In Proceedings of WI-IAT 2013. Atlanta, GA, United States. IEEE, 253-260. doi:10.1109/WI-IAT.2013.117

A Regression-Based Method for Lightweight Emotional State Detection in Interactive Environments

Pedro Nogueira, Rui Rodrigues, Eugénio Oliveira, and Lennart E. Nacke. 2013. A Regression-Based Method for Lightweight Emotional State Detection in Interactive Environments. In XVI Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence (EPIA) 2013. Angra do Heroísmo, Açores, Portugal. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Guided Emotional State Regulation: Understanding and Shaping Players' Affective Experiences in Digital Games

Pedro Nogueira, Rui Rodrigues, Eugénio Oliveira, and Lennart E. Nacke. 2013. Guided Emotional State Regulation: Understanding and Shaping Players' Affective Experiences in Digital Games. In Proceedings of AIIDE 2009. Palo Alto, CA, United States. 51-57.