Ozan Vardal is a research student currently completing a PhD programme with Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI) at the University of York.
Ozan obtained a BSc in Psychology at the University of Groningen and an MSc in Performance Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, during which time he gained experience in programming and laboratory research and devoted a considerable amount of time studying the literature on skill acquisition
Using data visualisation and modelling techniques, Ozan’s PhD project aims to leverage big data from eSports to test extant theories of skill acquisition and develop accurate representations of player skill development. His previous research experiences have focused on performance and expert skill, including work on expert decision-making in sport psychology and open-source analytics on skill acquisition in chess.
Behaviour analytics, Player modelling, Big data, Competitive gaming