Eric Butler


I’m Eric Butler, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. I work in the Center for Game Science, where my research advisor is Zoran Popović. I received my M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. I work on applying computer science to education and game design. My research interests lie somewhere in the intersection of artificial intelligence, learning sciences, game design, and programming languages, which I apply to educational technology, game design tools and automation, and computational creativity. I am currently working on automatically analyzing and generating educational content and content for puzzle games. I enjoy creating digital computer-things like games and making tools to create those things. You can check out some stuff I’ve made on my projects page.


Eric Butler, Erik Andersen, Adam M. Smith, Sumit Gulwani, Zoran Popović, Automatic Game Progression Design through Analysis of Solution Features, To Appear in Proceedings of the 2015 annual conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI 2015), 2015. [pdf] [source code]

Yun-En Liu, Christy Ballweber, Eleanor O’Rourke, Eric Butler, Phonraphee Thummaphan, Zoran Popović, Large-Scale Educational Campaigns, To Appear in ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interactions (TOCHI), 2015. [pdf]

Eric Butler, Adam M. Smith, Yun-En Liu, Zoran Popović, A Mixed-Initiative Tool for Designing Level Progressions in Games, In Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology 2013 (UIST 2013), 2013. [pdf] [online video] [raw video] [source code]

Yun-En Liu, Travis Mandel, Eric Butler, Erik Andersen, Eleanor O’Rourke, Emma Brunskill, Zoran Popović, Predicting Player Moves in an Educational Game: A Hybrid Approach, In Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Educational Data Mining (EDM 2013), 2013.
Best paper nomination. [pdf]

Adam M. Smith, Eric Butler, Zoran Popović, Quantifying over Play: Constraining Undesirable Solutions in Puzzle Design, In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games (FDG 2013), 2013. [pdf]

Eleanor O’Rourke, Eric Butler, Yun-En Liu, Christy Ballweber, Zoran Popović, The Effects of Age on Player Behavior in Educational Games, In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games (FDG 2013), 2013. [pdf]

(This page last updated February 2015)