Head of Applied Game Design,
Opening the "Black Box" of AI Models with 3D Game Interfaces
E. Drake Kajioka is currently Head of Applied Game Design for Google Research, leading a small team of video game developers in experiments to use video game interfaces to control and evaluate machine learning models. Erin began as an Assistant Worldbuilder for Simutronics on Dragonrealms in 1999, and has worked in a series of game sub-industries in their emerging technology phases, including free-to-play virtual worlds, international MMOs, social games, handheld games, virtual worlds for kids, and games for education. From 2013-2016 Erin led design at GlassLab, a three-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation with the mission of bringing AAA development to educational games, and to pioneer realtime game data analysis for learning. After GlassLab Erin was an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the ETC program, and remains passionate about and connected to the games for education community. Select game credits include Kung Fu Panda World, SimCity EDU, Mars Generation One, and Doki-Doki Universe. Erin is also an author of science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction, with the Chaos Knight fantasy series published by Pyr Books, and short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at an assortment of other markets.