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Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
478 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Seth Cooper, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

  • Scientific discovery games
  • Serious games
  • Crowdsourcing games
  • Citizen science
  • Novel interfaces for problem solving
  • Automated tools for assisting game design and development
  • Computational structural biochemistry


  • PhD in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
  • MS in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
  • BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California Berkeley


Seth Cooper is an assistant professor at the Khoury College of Computer Sciences and a member of the Playable Innovative Technologies Lab. Prior to joining Northeastern, he was creative director of the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington. Cooper previously worked in industry at Square Enix, Electronic Arts, and Pixar Animation Studios.

A pioneer in the field of scientific discovery games, Cooper’s PhD dissertation, “A Framework for Scientific Discovery through Video Games”, won the 2011 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. His work has shown video game players are able to outperform purely computational methods for certain types of structural biochemistry problems, effectively codify their strategies, and integrate with the lab to help design real synthetic proteins. In addition to developing video games to solve problems and involve the public in science, he has published research in character animation and crowd simulation.