Georgios Yannakakis

University of Malta, MT

Georgios N. Yannakakis ( is a Professor and Director of the Institute of Digital Games, University of Malta. He received the PhD degree in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh in 2006. Prior to joining the Institute of Digital Games, UoM, in 2012 he was an Associate Professor at the Center for Computer Games Research at the IT University of Copenhagen. He does research at the crossroads of artificial intelligence, computational creativity, affective computing, advanced game technology, and human-computer interaction. He has published more than 220 papers in the aforementioned fields and his work has been cited broadly. His research has been supported by numerous national and European grants (including a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship) and has appeared in the Science Magazine and the New Scientist among other venues. He is regularly invited to give keynote talks and tutorials in the most recognised conferences in his areas of research activity and has organised a few of the most respected conferences in the areas of game AI and game research. He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Games and used to be Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing and the IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games journals. He is the co-author of the Artificial Intelligence and Games Textbook, published by Springer Nature ( and the co-organiser of the Artificial Intelligence and Games Summer School ( Series. More details on Georgios N. Yannakakis can be found at his web page: