George Mason University
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George Mason University

Jan Allbeck

Associate Professor, Computer Science

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  • 703-993-1794 (office)
  • Nguyen Engineering Building, 5324
    4400 University Drive, MS 4A5
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Teaching artificial intelligence to learn.

Jan Allbeck has experimented in many aspects of computer graphics, but the opportunity to combine research in animation, artificial intelligence and psychology has brought new light to a crossroads in the simulation of virtual humans. She is the faculty advisor for the undergraduate concentration in Computer Game Design and the director of the Games and Intelligent Animation laboratory. Allbeck’s research posits that if the primary role of virtual agents in a crowd is to behave like real humans, they ought to make human-like decisions prompted by sensory perception, and build “knowledge” from working memory.


PhD, Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania (2009)

BS, Computer Science and Mathematics, Bloomberg University of Pennsylvania (1995)

BA, Computer Science and Mathematics, Bloomberg University (1995)

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Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor


2014 - 2015 : NVESD Virtual Worlds. Funded by CACI Technologies Inc.

2010 - 2013 : UPENNAFOSRSUBTLE: Situation Understanding Bot Through Language and Environment. Funded by 21st Century.

2012 - 2013 : Army NVESD. Funded by Trideum.

Research Interests

Artificial Intelligence, Computer Games Technology, Computer Graphics

Selected Publications

Journal Article