E-Mail Policy and Contact FAQ

I receive many emails every day. Sorry if I did not read yours. If you thought my email to you was too short, too late, or I com­plete­ly ignored you, please note the fol­low­ing:

  • Always try call­ing me first. I’d rather talk than write. My office on main cam­pus is ML 241 and you can reach me at (+1) 519–888-4567 x38251 and my office in Stratford is DMS 2012 and you can reach me at: x23025
  • If your email has more than 300 words in it, I have like­ly only read your first para­graph.
  • If you did not hear back from me, con­sid­er the advice in this email char­ter. It’s not per­son­al.
  • I am strug­gling with work-life bal­ance, maybe you are, too. Read about these hor­ror sto­ries. It’s not ok.
  • I am check­ing email at my firstname.lastname@gmail.com account at least twice a day: 11am and 4pm. Other email accounts may vary. I try not to check email on week­ends.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Answers

When is it best to schedule a meeting with you during the week?

Thursday and Friday between 2pm and 4pm (ET) is my pre­ferred time. Please always sched­ule the meet­ing via email (iCal invite pre­ferred).

Where can I find more information about your group?

We have a research group web­site as well as a Facebook page as well as a YouTube chan­nel (see also the Gamification 2013 hang­outs: playlist). We are try­ing to keep these updat­ed and hope that you will find some more infor­ma­tion there. Here are some recent news arti­cles from the press about my research:

I need to send you snail mail: What is your postal address?

Dr. Lennart Nacke
Director, HCI Games Group
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON
Canada N2L 3G1

FAQ For Students

Are you looking for graduate students?

Yes, I am always seek­ing ambi­tious, tal­ent­ed and moti­vat­ed grad­u­ate stu­dents to join my HCI Games Group. Do not send me unso­licit­ed appli­ca­tion requests, but be pre­cise and inter­est­ing in your appli­ca­tion if you want to hear back from me.

I am an undergraduate student taking one of your classes, what is the best way to get in contact with you?

Twitter only! (Only in emer­gen­cies: phone or email.)

Can you be my job reference?

The answer is very like­ly “no” if you were one of my under­grad­u­ate stu­dents — most­ly because I have no time — but it is “yes” if you worked for me or you are one of my grad­u­ate stu­dents (or you were an excel­lent stu­dent in many of my class­es). Or if you were part of one the Ubisoft cap­stone teams that I super­vise (espe­cial­ly if you won a tro­phy like the guys below):

Can I work for you (as an undergraduate) in the summer?

Same rules apply as for grad­u­ate appli­ca­tions (read the FAQ below). I need to see your work first and need to have fund­ing avail­able. Talk to me ear­ly (i.e., in February) and not just when the semes­ter ends. We accept some unpaid stu­dent vol­un­teers over the sum­mer, but you will have to inter­view with me first since posi­tions are lim­it­ed.

Should I pursue an undergraduate degree in Game Development and Entrepreneurship at UOIT?

UOIT is a very young and inno­v­a­tive uni­ver­si­ty in Canada, which pro­vides many great oppor­tu­ni­ties; for exam­ple, to do HCI-research-relat­ed to gam­ing top­ics, so yes, I would encour­age you to apply. In the Faculty of Business and Information Technology, we have a great mix of inter­dis­ci­pli­nary researchers, so that you could pur­sue a research career in tech­ni­cal game relat­ed top­ics (such as aug­ment­ed real­i­ty games) to more exper­i­men­tal top­ics (such as psy­cho­log­i­cal impact of gam­ing). If you are inter­est­ed in work­ing with me on HCI in games, please see the next ques­tion.

Can I work on one of your research projects?

Generally, yes. I am always seek­ing moti­vat­ed and ambi­tious stu­dents inter­est­ed in my research areas. If you are a Master’s or a PhD stu­dent inter­est­ed in doing research in game sci­ence, human-com­put­er inter­ac­tion, user expe­ri­ence eval­u­a­tion, enter­tain­ment com­put­ing, game design, phys­i­o­log­i­cal or affec­tive com­put­ing, or inter­ac­tion design, I would be glad for you to con­tact me. Undergraduate stu­dents inter­est­ed in doing this type of research can apply for a sum­mer intern­ship or do an hon­ors or senior project on one of these men­tioned top­ics. Degree appli­ca­tions must also meet UOIT’s admis­sion cri­te­ria and will be admin­is­tered under the local Master’s or PhD pro­grams. You can put my name as a poten­tial super­vi­sor if you are inter­est­ed in work­ing with me. See the next ques­tion for details.

Where do I apply for the graduate program at UOIT?

If are you are inter­est­ed in doing a grad­u­ate degree under my super­vi­sion, please apply through the Master’s pro­gram in Computer Science or the PhD pro­gram in Computer Science at UOIT. For a grad­u­ate pro­gram, you should have an under­grad­u­ate degree in com­put­er sci­ence, com­put­er engi­neer­ing, infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy, human com­put­er inter­ac­tion, indus­tri­al design, cog­ni­tive sci­ence, or soft­ware engi­neer­ing from a Canadian uni­ver­si­ty, or its equiv­a­lent from a rec­og­nized insti­tu­tion. Interest (and prefer­ably expe­ri­ence) in two of the three areas of game devel­op­ment, psy­chol­o­gy, or com­put­er sci­ence is impor­tant. Applications must also meet the reg­u­lar admis­sion cri­te­ria (see MSc or PhD), such as a min­i­mum B+ aver­age. More gen­er­al infor­ma­tion about UOIT’s grad­u­ate pro­gram can be found here. Make sure to keep in mind the appli­ca­tion dead­lines, espe­cial­ly if you are apply­ing from abroad. If you are inter­est­ed in apply­ing, make sure to put my name in the appli­ca­tion as poten­tial super­vi­sor.

Do you supervise and accept students from everywhere?

I have worked very suc­cess­ful­ly with Canadian and inter­na­tion­al stu­dents in the past. Regarding inter­na­tion­al stu­dents, I have strong con­nec­tions to Germany, Scandinavia, and New Zealand and have con­stant­ly co-super­vised stu­dents from there in the past. But no mat­ter, where you are from, you need to have a strong demon­strat­ed inter­est in human-com­put­er inter­ac­tion, game design, user expe­ri­ence eval­u­a­tion and/or user-cen­tered design if you want to work with me. I am cur­rent­ly secur­ing fund­ing for stu­dents deeply inter­est­ed in this kind of research. However, if you come from an inter­na­tion­al insti­tu­tion and have your own fund­ing, do not hes­i­tate to ask about research oppor­tu­ni­ties or intern­ships. If you con­sid­er­ing to apply to the grad­u­ate pro­gram at UOIT, make sure you meet the lan­guage require­ments.