Dr. Staffan Björk is a full professor at the department of Applied IT at Chalmers and Gothenburg University. He has a PhD in Informatics from Gothenburg University and conducts research within the areas of gameplay design, pervasive games, and interaction design. Exploring novel gameplay possibility through information technology has been a primary strand in his research, which often has been conducted within EU-funded projects such as IPerG and TA2.
A common theme in his research is to develop a design language for gameplay design. A primary result of this work is the gameplay design patterns concept and the book “Patterns in Game Design” co-written with Jussi Holopainen and published by Charles River Media. He has been active in promoting game research as a research discipline, being one of the founders of the Digital Games Research Association.