International Conference on Entertainment Computing


Joint Conference on Serious Games

Arequipa, Perú, November 11-15th 2019

The IFIP International Conference on Entertainment Computation (IFIP-ICEC) & Joint Conference on Serious Games (JCSG) are the longest lasting and prime scientific conference series in the area of Entertainment Computing. It brings together practitioners, researchers, artists, designers, and industry on the design, creation, development, use, application and evaluation of digital entertainment content and experience systems. The conference series is cross-disciplinary, and stretches over the domains of computer science, human-computer-interaction, content production, digital games, multimedia, media studies, art, and design. The conference series aims at presenting high quality scientific results spanning from theory to application, use-cases, experience, and demonstrations. We solicit papers, posters, art exhibits, interactive sessions, and demonstrations, as well as we are looking for tutorial and workshop proposal.

Arequipa is placed in the Southern Coastal region of Peru just below the edge of the Altiplano at 2335 meters above sea level and surrounded by three impressive volcanoes.  Arequipa is also known as The White City (Ciudad Blanca) because of its many colonial-era Spanish buildings built of “sillar”, a pearly white volcanic rock. The city is about an hour away by plane from Lima; about 35 minutes away of Cuzco by plane (close to Machu Picchu) , about 8 hours by bus to Nazca lines (Ica city), and about 2 hours by plane to the amazon jungle ( Iquitos city ).

  • Workshop and tutorial proposals: April 22, 2019
  • Workshop acceptance notification: May 1, 2019
  • Full and short papers: June 10, 2019 June 23, 2019 (Submission Link)
  • Demonstration, art exhibition and game entries: June 15, 2019
  • Doctoral Consortium and Workshop papers: July 1, 2019
  • Notification of Acceptance: July 30, 2019
  • Early-bird Registration: August 10, 2019
  • Camera-ready version: August 15, 2019
  • Conference date: November 11-15, 2019


“Putting the Fun in Functional: Entertainment for Serious Applications”

The 18th IFIP International Conference on Entertainment Computing, the oldest and prime scientific conference series in the area of Entertainment Computing, and the Joint Conference on Serious Games (Serious Games Development and Applications and GameDays  International Conference on Serious Games), will join together this year in the historical city of Arequipa, Peru.

Arequipa is at 2335 meters above sea level and surrounded by three impressive volcanoes.  Arequipa is also known as The White City (Ciudad Blanca) because of its many colonial-era Spanish buildings built of “sillar”, a pearly white volcanic rock. The city is about an hour away by plane from Lima; about 35 minutes away of Cuzco by plane (close to Machu Picchu) , about 8 hours by bus to the Nazca lines (Ica city), and about 2 hours by plane to the Amazon jungle (Iquitos city).

The two conferences solicit cross-disciplinary papers that span the gamut of the study, design, production, ethics and interaction with: interactive digital entertainment; art installations; entertainment robotics; interactive storytelling; entertainment, critical, news, persuasive and serious games; and multimedia.

The conferences aim at presenting high quality scientific results spanning from theory to applications, use cases and experiments. We solicit paper, poster and demonstration submissions, as well as proposals for tutorials and workshops.

A special theme this year will be on designing for entertainment in serious applications. After many years of research on serious games, meta-analyses showed serious games to be effective learning tools, in some cases even more effective than conventional instruction, however their motivating qualities still to be somewhat lacking. The co-hosting of ICEC and JCSG creates a unique venue to publish and learn about the interplay of interactive entertainment, art, design and serious applications with researchers from all fields.

  • Topics include but are not limited to:
  • Digital Games and Interactive Entertainment
  • Design, Interaction and Analysis of Entertainment Systems
  • Entertainment for Purpose and Persuasion
  • Computational Methodologies for Entertainment
  • Theory and technology of Serious Games
  • Media Studies and Business of Entertainment and Serious Games
  • Best Practice and Application Domains of Serious Games

Scientists and practitioners are cordially invited to present their latest research achievements and best-practice results. Submissions are possible in the form of full papers (e.g., new methods and concepts, technologies, tools, evidence based studies and surveys), short papers (e.g. best-practice results or new ideas and concepts, not necessarily empirically assessed with an evaluation study), demo papers (description of interactive experiences, serious games, products/titles and experiential prototypes that you want to present), poster presentations (new ideas, research approaches, work in progress) or workshop and tutorial proposals (half day).


Full and short technical papers are the main media for presenting new research results to the communities of ICEC and JCSG. Submissions should describe novel unpublished work relating to one or more of the topics listed above. All technical papers will be published in the official Springer LNCS proceedings.

Papers must be submitted in the Springer LNCS format (see above). Full Technical Paper submissions have a maximum of 12 pages in length and Short Technical Paper submissions have are maximum of 6 pages. Paper length should reflect the contribution and maturity of the submission and reviewers from the ICEC-JCSG 2019 program committee will be instructed to judge the contribution of a paper relative to its length. For example, typical contributions presenting significant research advances/results should be around 8-12 pages in length (Full Technical Papers) while contributions presenting less-mature, on-going or more focused approaches/results should be around 5-6 pages in length (Short Technical Papers). Papers with exceeding length relative to their contribution will be rejected. Accepted papers will be divided into two categories, long presentations and short presentations. The committee may accept papers conditionally or for a different category. Authors may be asked to either shorten or lengthen their paper accordingly.


Posters provide an interactive forum in which authors can present work to conference attendees during special poster sessions. Posters provide an opportunity to describe new work or work that is still in progress. A poster submission is a maximum of 4 page in Springer LNCS format, describing the research problem, contribution, and value to ICEC-JCSG attendees, submitted as a PDF file. All short poster papers will be included into the official Springer LNCS proceedings.


Peer-reviewed demonstrations, installations and games show early implementations of novel, interesting, and important entertainment computing concepts, systems, installations or games, or can serve to showcase commercial products not previously described in the research literature. Both research and industry is encouraged to send in and showcase demonstrators of novel approaches to entertainment. We particularly encourage demonstrations with which attendees can interact and play. A demonstration, installation or game submission consists of a document with max. four pages: an extended abstract that should be no more than three Springer-format pages in length, plus an extra page with a link to an online video and a list of a) technical requirements including electrical and connectivity needs and b) space requirements including display and footprint needs.

By default, demos and games will have a table, chairs and internet connection available. By their nature, interactive installations are intended for larger, potentially public spaces. We will try to accommodate for the needs of these types of installations, but please include a minimal set-up so that we know the range of requirements that we will need to meet. Successful authors of demonstration/installation submissions will be contacted by the chair to confirm the availability of the requested resources. The abstract, digital video and requirements supplement must be submitted electronically.


We invite proposals for workshops and tutorials that will be held in conjunction with ICEC-JCSG 2019. We invite proposals in all areas of entertainment computing and serious games research (see conference topics listed above) and particularly welcome proposals that will focus on and promote discussion on new and emerging trends in these areas. Workshop or Tutorial proposals should be four pages in length (in the Springer LNCS format) and must include the following information:

  • Workshop or tutorial title and short abstract (max 50 words)
  • Workshop or tutorial format (talks or other activities)
  • Expected number of participants (this information is useful to reserve a suitable room)
  • Contact information (name, affiliation, address, phone number/fax, and email) of the workshop or tutorial organizer(s);
  • Relevant CV information of the workshop or tutorial leader(s);
  • Expected workshop outcomes (proceedings, special issue of journals, project proposals, etc.);
  • Workshop due dates (schedule of submission); workshops and tutorials can be scheduled for either half a day or a full day (please indicate your choice) and will take place before the main conferences. Please submit your workshop/tutorial proposal via the electronic conference system. Tutorials and workshops are free for ICEC and JCSG attendees.


The Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished researchers in entertainment computing and/or serious games. We invite students who feel they would benefit from this kind of feedback on their dissertation work to apply for this unique opportunity to share their work with students in a similar situation as well as senior researchers in the field. The strongest candidates will be those who have a clear idea and an area, and have made some progress, but who are not so far along that they can no longer make changes. Also, as well as stating how you will gain from acceptance, both you and your advisor should be clear on what you can contribute to the Doctoral Consortium.

The Consortium will provide a supportive setting for feedback on students’ current research and guidance on future research directions. It will also offer each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work from researchers and students outside their own institution and promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research.

Current graduate students pursuing a PhD project who would benefit from detailed workshop discussions of their doctoral research should submit a single PDF file consisting of a 4-page extended abstract of your thesis work in Springer LNCS format, clearly specifying the originality of the work with respect to current concepts and techniques, the importance of the work with respect to fundamental issues and themes in entertainment computing, results to date and their validity and contribution of the work (expected and/or achieved) to entertainment computing and/or serious games.

Candidates also must send his/her CV, the sponsor name and affiliation and one-paragraph statement of expected benefits of participation for both yourself and the other consortium participants (i.e., what will you contribute as well as gain).

Workshop 1

Title: 2nd Workshop on Entertainment Computing – a key for improving inclusion and reducing gender gap?

Abstract: Entertainment Computing application areas are increasing day after day. The same way serious games become part of the teaching materials as schools, they can be useful tools to improve inclusion of people with special needs and reduce the gender gap. With this workshop we want to set a discussion space for researchers, designers and practitioners on Entertainment Computing interesting in its application to solve social issues, such as reducing the gender gap, preventing social exclusion of people in risk and promoting the inclusion of people with special needs.

Workshop 2

Title: Towards Inclusive Co-Creation of Inclusive Games

Abstract: Game creation precedes game play. In this workshop, we describe our efforts towards enabling people with different (dis)abilities to co-create and play digital games. We focus on abilities, skills and knowledge to enable collaborative and inclusive co-creation of inclusive games.

Workshop 3

Title: Designing Serious Mobile Location-based Augmented Reality Games

Abstract: This workshop explores technical foundations, game design features, requirements for domain content, and didactic scenarios of serious mobile location-based augmented reality games. In particular, reference will be made to relevant design features of the commercial games Ingress and Pokémon GO, which are recognized as benchmarks in achieving outstanding engagements.

Workshop 4

Title: Workshop on Developments in Analog Games

Abstract: Analog games have seen a surge of interest, board game cafes, new titles, and a more accepting culture to role playing games as a pass-time has fueled a boom in sales. However, academic research is relatively stagnate upon the analog domain as an object of design, due to both the interdisciplinary nature taking cues from computer science, narrative creation, psychology, and due to a lack of good publication venues for such works. Although being integrated to achieve crucial and serious outcomes such as brain health diagnosis, industrial training, recruitment process , analog games have been facing the lack of serious attempts for human factors consideration and design improvisation. The workshop endeavours to highlight such issues with discussion upon existing solutions and potential areas of improvement. Furthermore, the aim of this workshop is to address the gap, looking at the ways in which academics can apply their tools to the discussion of analog games, including but not limited to board games, war games, and tabletop roll playing. New computer based technologies such as player agents, 3D printing and rapid prototyping, crowd-funding, etc. will revolutionize the industry.

Please prepare paper submissions in the Springer LNCS format.

All submitted papers will undergo a thorough peer-review process by the ICEC and JCSG program committee. Accepted papers will be published by Springer in their LNCS series. At least one author of accepted submissions has to register and present at ICEC-JCSG 2019.

Best papers will be invited to send an extended version for a special issue of the Elsevier Entertainment Computing Journal.

The submission system is now open, please follow this link.

  • General Chairs:
    • Alex Cuadros-Vargas, San Pablo Catholic Univ., PERU
    • Esteban Clua, Fluminense Federal Univ., BRAZIL
    • Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge, KTH, SWEDEN; BIBA, GERMANY
  • Program Chairs:
    • Erik van der Spek, TU Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS
    • Stefan Göbel, TU Darmstadt, GERMANY
    • Ellen Yi-Luen Do, Univ. of Colorado Boulder, UNITED STATES
  • Workshop Chair:
    • Paolo Ciancarini, Univ. of Bologna, ITALY
    • Erick Gomez-Nieto, San Pablo Catholic Univ., PERU
  • Tutorial Chair:
    • Artur Lugmayr, Curtin Univ., AUSTRALIA
    • Johan Baldeon, Pontifical Catholic Univ. of Peru, PERU
  • Doctoral Consortium Chair:
    • Helmut Hlavacs, Univ. of Vienna, AUSTRIA
  • Exhibition and Demo Chair:
    • Javier Gomez Escribano, Autonomous Univ. of Madrid, SPAIN
    • Marc-Antoine Le Guen, San Pablo Catholic Univ., PERU
  • Publicity Chair:
    • Letizia Jaccheri, NTNU, NORWAY
    • Minhua Eunice Ma, Staffordshire Univ. UNITED KINGDOM


fee Until August 10th fee Until October 31st fee until conference date
Professional IFIP member $ 300 $ 350 $ 380
Professional non member $ 400 $ 450 $ 490
Student IFIP Member $ 100 $ 125 $ 140
Student non member $ 120 $ 135 $ 150
Professional from Peru $ 100 $ 120 $ 130
Student form Peru $ 55 $ 65 $ 75




  • Workshop and tutorial proposals:
    April 22, 2019
  • New date for: Full and short papers:
    June 10, 2019 June 23, 2019 (Submission Link)