Video Games to Teach Security

Date of Presentation: 
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
2017 Spring
Research Focus: 

Abstract - This presentation will describe the benefits of using Video Games in Education, How Video Games fit with multiple disciplines, the market of video games, products used to develop Video Games, how video Games fit with Security.  In Security, there is less opportunity for Active Learning than other areas of IT such as Programming, System Analysis or Databases. There is not a clear final product.  A Professor can’t come in and create viruses. Video games offer the possibility to create simulations that bridge the gap between theory and practice.
Bio - Dr. Mario Guimaraes is professor and chair of Saint Martin’s Computer Science Department. Dr. Guimaraes has over 100 publications/presentations at international, national and regional conferences. He has been the Principle Investigator of multiple National Science Foundation (NSF), Eisenhower and RTA grants and served on 13 National Science Foundation panels. Dr. Guimaraes has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from PUC-RJ and an NSF Sponsored Post-Doctorate in Cybersecurity from the University of Maryland.  His Research Areas include Database Security, Data Warehouse, Geographical Information Systems, Instructional Software and Video Games. He was the recipient of the first place award at the 1995 International ACM Student Research Competition. Dr. Guimaraes has developed instructional software that is used throughout Brazil in the areas of introductory programming and trigonometry. He has over 20 years of experience teaching Databases, Database Security, Videogame Design, System Analysis, Programming, Software Engineering and Project Management at in the USA (Texas A&M-CC and Kennesaw State University), Brazil and UAE (Zayed University).  Dr. Guimaraes also has an extensive industry experience which includes DBA for the Brazilian Navy, Developing Stock Market Analysis software for a Brokerage Company, and Developing Instructional Software for SENAC.

Dr. Mario Guimaraes
Speaker affiliation: 
Saint Martin’s University