- Game Development and Entrepreneurship Program, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Bill Kapralos is an Assistant Professor in the Game Development and Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Bill received his BSc (first class, with distinction), MSc, and Ph.D from York University (Department of Computer Science and Engineering). His MSc research was concerned with the development of a video teleconferencing system combining both audio and video cues to automatically detect and track multiple speakers in teleconferencing and remote learning applications. His Ph.D dissertation investigated the development of sound synthesis techniques inspired by image synthesis and optics-based methods to model the acoustics of an environment in an efficient manner for dynamic virtual environment/reality applications. Bill Kapralos' current research interests include: real-time acoustical modeling and 3D (spatial) sound generation for virtual environments and video games, multi-modal virtual environments/reality, the perception of auditory events, and the application of video games ("serious games") to education and training. He is currently involved in a number of serious games initiatives including those for the training of accountants, community health nurses, critical care providers, and orthopedic surgeons. He has held various teaching appointments at several institutions including York University (Department of Computer Science and Engineering) and the University of Toronto (Department of Computer Science). He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Graduate Studies (Computer Science and Engineering), York University. Bill chaired the ACM FuturePlay International Conference on the Future of Game Design and Technology in 2007 and 2008. ACM FuturePlay is an international conference that addresses academic research and emerging industry trends in the area of game technology and game design and the design of games for learning, for gender, for serious purposes, and to impact society. He is also chairing FuturePlay @GDC Canada 2009, May 12-13, 2009 in Vancouver, Canada.