Dr. Oscar García Pañella
Dr. Oscar García Pañella holds a B.Sc. degree in Telecommunications, besides a M.Sc. and Ph. D degrees in Electronic Engineering, respectively, in 1995, 1998 and 2004. He’s enjoyed several stages abroad, like at the IMSC (Integrated Media Systems Center, University of Southern California – USC, Los Angeles, California, USA, 1998), at the VIS Lab (The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, University of California at Irvine – UCI, 2005) and at the Entertainment Technology Center (Carnegie Mellon University – CMU, 2008-2009). In these, he has worked on the implementation and design of Applied Games, Gamification campaigns and Interactive Installations intended to solve several simulator-related challenges and learning opportunities from the “experiential multimedia” and “learning-by-doing” views.
Oscar directs the first Videogame Degree in Barcelona (at ENTI-UB) besides an online Master in Gamification & Transmedia Storytelling (at IEBS). He acts as a Serious & Applied Games researcher within EU Projects such as Gamewise, gameBIZ, H2R or JamToday, to mention some.
In addition to that, Oscar partners as a senior Gamification consultant in Cookie Box. He also directs the NextGen local Initiative within the TEA (Themed Entertainment Association).