Artwork for Videojogos 2019. A non-realistic computer-generated image featuring the title of the conference above a representation of the venue, located in University of Aveiro

11th International Conference on Videogame Sciences and Arts

27-29 November 2019, Aveiro, Portugal

Book of Abstracts

Ten years, and ten years more

The 11th International Conference on Videogame Sciences and Arts will be held on November 27-29, organized by the Department of Communication and Art of the University of Aveiro, DigiMedia research centre and the Society of Video Games Sciences (SPCV). The annual conferences of the SPCV promote the scientific gathering of researchers in Portugal. These conferences are attended by researchers and professionals in the expanded field of videogames — Multimedia, Communication, Technology, Education, Psychology and Arts — to disseminate work and exchange experiences between the academic community and with the industry.

In 2009 the conference was held at University of Aveiro. 2019 will mark the coming back after 10 years. We intend then to show a thorough roadmap of the evolution of the national and international game research during these 10 years, as also ideas and speculations for the next 10 years.

Also, this time we plan going full international, using as working language English, for the CFP, the website, as the Proceedings. Therefore, if you've never participated in one Videojogos, this may be the best time to do it. We are calling for papers on games research from all over the world.


We welcome research proposals, long and short papers, and demos. All presenting new scientific results, innovative technologies, best practices, or improvements to existing techniques and approaches in the multidisciplinary research field of Games Research.

Suggested research topics for contributions include, but are not limited to:

  • Tabletop Games
  • Hybrid Games
  • Gamification
  • Technology
  • Aesthetics
  • Culture
  • Development
  • Learning
  • Methodology
  • Design
  • Criticism
  • Transmedia
  • Narrative
  • Serious Games


Papers (short and full) must be in English. Only submissions that receive high ratings in the review process will be selected for publication by the Program Committee.

All submissions should follow the Springer Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) format (see "Information for Authors of Springer Computer Science Proceedings"). Use the Microsoft Word template for Mac or for PC. Add to your final submission the Consent to Publish.

Paper submission

We welcome the submission of innovative Demos within the areas of interest covered by the conference.

Proposals are made online via a Google form and should provide a clear description of the work and a URL (e.g. WeTransfer, Google Drive, etc...) for access to relevant media assets.

Demo submission

Important dates

Full and short papers

Submission deadline: July 31, 2019 August 20, 2019

Author notification of the review: September 20, 2019 September 26, 2019

Submission of the print-ready version: October 5, 2019

VJ2019 conference: November 27-29, 2019


Demo Registration: September 30, 2019 October 8, 2019

Demo Communication of Acceptance: October 15, 2019


Full papers: 12 - 15 pages

Short papers: < 12 pages

Proceedings will be published by Springer in their Communications in Computer and Information Science series as a Post-conference volume with the Number: 1164.

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CCIS (Communications in Computer and Information Science) logo Springer logo

Poster Guidelines

Posters will be displayed throughout the conference duration in large windows, for which we advise you to produce (bring it with you or print it at our city previous to the conference) an A0 format size. We'll make available sticky tapes.

Keynote Speakers

Ernest Adams

"Planning and Processes for Game Development"

When commercial game development goes wrong, it usually goes wrong due to process failures. Developers make avoidable mistakes in planning and organizing their projects that lead to delays and cancellations. In this talk, Ernest Adams will explain how to plan your development and how to avoid the pitfalls that cause games to fail before they are even released.

Ernest W. Adams is a game designer and professor at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, with an extensive professional activity in the field of digital games, having published "Fundamentals of Game Design" (2014) and "Game Mechanics: Advanced Game Design" (2012).

Portrait of Ernest Adams, keynote speaker

Diogo Gomes

“Teaching AI through retrogaming”

Computer Science is in high demand, yet students do not have the necessary motivation and drive to go through theoretic AI concepts. Book examples are outdated, students struggle to understand the use cases. On the other hand students love computer games, and feel a natural drive to grasp the algorithms behind them. Stateof- the-art computer games are nonetheless too complex for beginner students to grasp. Diogo Gomes will explain how he uses classic computer games to teach AI algorithms and keep his students fully motivated.

Professor at the Dep. Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, University of Aveiro, Portugal. In the last 15 years has participated in more then 10 EU funded projects in the area of Telecommunication Services & Application Development. He has recently been teaching Artificial Intelligence to Graduate students through the development of AI-Agents capable of playing classic games such as Poker, Snakes, Pacman and Bomberman.

Portrait of Diogo Gomes, keynote speaker


The conference will be held at the CCCI building of the University of Aveiro.

Early Bird Registration: Ends October 25th

Full registration: 150€ (early) / 200€ (late) *

One author per paper

Associate members of the SPCV: 100€ (early) / 150€ (late) *

Authors, or presenting members of the SPCV association

Poster registration: 75€ (early) / 90€ (late) *

One author per poster

Reduced registration: 50€ (early) / 75€ (late)

Regular participant (non-authors and co-authors)

Demo registration: 25€ (early) / 50€ (late)

One author per demo

Workshop registration: 20€ (one) / 30€ (two) / 45€ (three)

Minimum of 6 and maximum of 20 participants

Dinner registration: 20€

* Registration includes the conference dinner and social events.

Registration Form


Workshop Registration


OpeningWelcoming remarks

Thumbnail of the keynote

KeynoteErnest Adams

Session Chair: Nelson Zagalo


Poster Sessions




SPCV Assembly



Thumbnail of the keynote

KeynoteDiogo Gomes

Session Chair: Ana Isabel Veloso


Awards & Closing Session

Best Paper
Best Poster
Best Demo

Event Venue

Departamento de Comunicação e Arte, Universidade de Aveiro


A selection of some nearby hotels

Hotel Imperial

42€ per night

walk:20min. car:8min.

R. Dr. Nascimento Leitão 1, 3800-108 Aveiro

234 380 150

Aveiro City Lodge

45€ per night

walk:23min. car:11min.

R. dos Mercadores 24, 3800-225 Aveiro

234 383 130

Cale do Oiro - Suites Residence

40€ per night

walk:26min. car:10min.

Rua Engenheiro Silvério Pereira da Silva 2-4-6, 3800-175 Aveiro

234 096 107

Hotel Aveiro Palace

61€ per night

walk:23min. car:8min.

Rua de Viana do Castelo 4, 3800-275 Aveiro

234 421 885

Hostel Welcome In

55€ per night

walk:27min. car:9min.

Av. Dr. Lourenço Peixinho 119, 3800-166 Aveiro

234 346 030

Hotel Afonso V

55€ per night

walk:23min. car:8min.

R. de Dr. Manuel das Neves, 3810-101 Aveiro

234 425 191

Suites & Hostel Cidade Aveiro

40€ per night

walk:19min. car:9min.

R. do Principe Perfeito 18, 3810-087 Aveiro

234 376 150

Aveiro Rossio Bed & Breakfast

48€ per night

walk:27min. car:8min.

R. das Velas 20, 3800-246 Aveiro

234 043 859


Conference chair: Ana Isabel Veloso

Scientific chair: Nelson Zagalo

Organizing chair: José Nunes

Program Committee

    • Aaron Rodríguez Universitat Jaume I, Spain
    • Abel Gomes University of Beira Interior, Portugal
    • Adérito Fernandes Marcos Open University, Portugal
    • Alex Mitchell National University of Singapore, Singapore
    • Alexis Blanchet Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France
    • Ana Amélia Carvalho University of Coimbra
    • Ana Torres University of Aveiro, Portugal
    • André Neves Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
    • António Coelho University of Porto, Portugal
    • Antonio José Planells Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
    • Beatriz Legerén Universidad de Vigo, Spain
    • Beatriz Pérez Zapata Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain
    • Carla Ganito Catholic University, Portugal
    • Carlos Martinho University of Lisbon, Portugal
    • Carlos Santos University of Aveiro, Portugal
    • Cátia Ferreira Catholic University, Portugal
    • Christian Roth University of Utrecht, Netherlands
    • Ciro Martins ESTG de Águeda, Portugal
    • Conceição Costa Lusófona University, Portugal
    • Cristiano Max Universidade Feevale, Brazil
    • Daniela Karine Ramos UFSC, Brazil
    • Diogo Gomes University of Aveiro, Portugal
    • Duarte Duque IPCA, Portugal
    • Emmanoel Ferreira Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
    • Esteban Clua Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
    • Eva Oliveira ESTG IPCA, Portugal
    • Fanny Barnabé Université de Liège, Belgium
    • Filipe Luz Lusófona University, Portugal
    • Filipe Penicheiro University of Coimbra, Portugal
    • Fotis Liarokapis Masaryk University, Czech Republic
    • Frutuoso Silva University of Beira Interior, Portugal
    • Ido Iurgel Hochschule Rhein-Waal, Germany
    • Joao Jacob University of Porto, Portugal
    • João Mattar PUC São Paulo, Brazil
    • João Sousa Lusophone University, Portugal
    • Jorge Martins Rosa New University of Lisbon, Portugal
    • Jorge Palinhos Escola Superior Artística Porto, Portugal
    • Jose Zagal University of Utah, US
    • Leonel Morgado Open University, Portugal
    • Liliana Costa University of Aveiro, Portugal
    • Lynn Alves UFBA, Brazil
    • Maite Soto-Sanfiel University Autonoma Barcelona, Spain
    • Marçal Mora Cantallops University of Alcalá, Spain
    • Mário Vairinhos University of Aveiro, Portugal
    • Marta Núñez Universitat Jaume I de Castellón, Spain
    • Micael Sousa University of Coimbra, Portugal
    • Miguel Carvalhais University of Porto, Portugal
    • Miguel Sicart IT-University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Óscar Mealha University of Aveiro, Portugal
    • Patrícia Gouveia Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
    • Paulo Dias University of Aveiro, Portugal
    • Pedro A. Santos University of Lisbon, Portugal
    • Pedro Amado University of Porto, Portugal
    • Pedro Beça University of Aveiro, Portugal
    • Pedro Branco University of Minho, Portugal
    • Pedro Pinto Neves Universidade Lusófona, Portugal
    • Pilar Lacasa University of Alcalá, Spain
    • Renira Gambarato Jönköping University, Sweden
    • Riccardo Fassone University of Torino, Italy
    • Roger Tavares Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
    • Rui Prada University of Lisbon, Portugal
    • Ruth Contreras Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
    • Susana Tosca IT-University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Teresa Piñeiro Otero Universidade da Coruña, Spain
    • Thiago Falcao Universidade Federal do Maranhão, Brazil
    • Valter Alves ESTG de Viseu, Portugal
    • Victor Navarro-Remesal Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Spain
    • Wolfgang Mueller University of Education Weingarten, Germany

Organizing Committee:

  • José Nunes (Organizing chair)
  • Ana Isabel Veloso (Conference chair)
  • Nelson Zagalo (Scientific chair)
  • Oscar Mealha (Co-organizing chair)
  • Tânia Ribeiro (Branding and design)
  • Sofia Ribeiro (Branding and design)
  • Silvino Almeida (Web design)
  • Liliana Costa (Registration staff)
  • Mónica Aresta (Registration staff)
  • Claudia Ortet (Registration staff)
  • Pedro Beça (Workshop chair)
  • Patrícia Oliveira (Workshop co-chair)
  • Mário Vairinhos (Demo chair)
  • Jesse Nery Filho (Posters chair)

Contact Us


Departamento de Comunicação e Arte, Campus Universitário de Santiago, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal

Phone Number

(+351) 234 370 389


Ana Veloso Conference chair

Nelson Zagalo Scientific chair