Bio - Stefan Göbel (engl)


Name: Stefan Göbel
Date and place of birth: 28. Mai 1971 in Jugenheim
Nationality: deutsch
Family status: married, 2 childs
Living place: Darmstadt-Arheilgen





Short CV

Dr. Stefan Göbel is an assistant professor with a permanent position as academic councilor, lecturer and head of the Serious Games group at the Multimedia Communications Lab at Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD). Research topics cover the development (authoring, creation), (personalized, adaptive) control and (technology-enhanced) evaluation (and effect measurement) of Serious Games. Dr. Göbel is also driving the interdisciplinary key research area on “Serious Games” at TUD level ( )and provides lectures and practical courses in Serious Games and Game Technologies. Dr. Göbel has extensive experience in initiating, managing and coordinating projects – both publicly funded and industrial – on regional and (inter)national level. Examples include the EU projects INVISIP (personal role: initiator and S/T coordinator), art-E-fact (coordinator), INSCAPE, U-CREATE, 80Days and ALFRED (both management board and WP lead); currently he is coordinating the ADVENTURE approach. Application fields cover Storytelling-based Edutainment appliances and Serious Games for training, education and health (e.g. in the field of Ambient Assisted Living). Stefan Göbel holds a PhD in computer science from TUD and has long-term experience in Graphic Information Systems (GIS; topic of the dissertation is ‘Graphic-Interactive Access to Geodata Archives’, being prepared at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics), Interactive Digital Storytelling, Edutainment and Serious Games. Dr. Göbel is the author of 100+ peer reviewed publications and serves as PC member and reviewer at different conferences (e.g. ACM Multimedia, CHI, ICME, Edutainment, EC-GBL, ICEC or FDG) and organizations (e.g. European Commission, Austrian Science Found and Swiss National Science Foundation). 2003 Dr. Göbel initiated and hosted (as well as 2004 and 2006) the International Conference on Technologies in Interactive Digital Storytelling and Entertainment (TIDSE), which merged with the International Conference on Virtual Storytelling (ICVS) to form the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS) late 2008. In 2005 Dr. Göbel initiated the GameDays as national ‘science meets business’ workshop for Serious Games. Since that time he is permanently hosting the GameDays on an annual basis in cooperation with Hessen-IT, TU Darmstadt and other institutions from academia and industry. Since 2010, major parts of the GameDays have been implemented as International Conference (fully dedicated) on Serious Games.


Since 2005 (initiation) host and (co-)chair of the GameDays. The GameDays take place on an annual basis providing a science meets business event with talks, demos (exhibition) and workshops. Since 2010 the academic part is implemented as International Conference on Serious Games, since 2015 as Joint Conference on Serious Games, see

Since 2013 a Serious Games (Team) Challenge invites the public to test/play numerous Serious Games presented at different stations of TUD and the city center of Darmstadt. See also

2003, 2004 and 2006: Conference Chair of TIDSE - Int'l Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling and Entertainment.


1991 - 1997: Study of Computer Science at Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD). Supplementary courses in economy and applied pedagogics. Degree: Diploma in Computer Science (Dipl.-Inform.).

2002: Graduation at TUD. Topic of the dissertation: Intelligent graphic-interactive access to geodata archives. Degree: Phd in Computer Science (Dr.-Ing.).

2017: Habilitation at TUD, Computer Science. Title (German): Autorenumgebung für Serious Games - StoryTec: Eine Autorenumgebung und narrative Objekte für personalisierte Serious Games.

Job, professional experience

2008 - now: Head of Serious Games at the Multimedia Communications Lab - KOM at TUD. Since 2012 also Academic Councilor of KOM at TU Darmstadt.

WS 2007/08: Associate professorship at the Darmstadt University of Applied Science, faculty of Media.

2002 - 2008: Head of department "Digital Storytelling" at the Computer Graphics Center e.V. in Darmstadt.

1997 - 2002: Scientist at the department "Graphic Information Systems" at the Fraunhofer IGD in Darmstadt; since 2002 acting manager of the department.

1994 - 1997: Supplementary staff at the Computer Science faculty at TUD (tutor) and at the department of "Visualisation and Virtual Reality" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (programmer).