Dr. Ian Lane Davis, CEO & Founder, Mad Doc

Dr. Ian Lane Davis, CEO and Founder of Mad Doc® Software, Creative Director on the critically acclaimed Empire Earth® II, and former Technical Director at Activision’s Santa Monica studio, is widely acknowledged as one of the top Artificial Intelligence experts in the video game industry. His direct credits include Empire Earth® II (a PC Gamer Editor’s Choice Award winner), the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Computer Role Playing Game of the Year Finalist: Dungeon Siege®: Legends of Aranna™; Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest™; and Star Trek®: Armada II™, among others.

Currently co-authoring the definitive AI and games textbook for academic and industry training, Dr. Davis is a trusted advisor to key industry publishers, serves as a Peer Panel Leader for the AIAS Peer Panel for Gameplay Engineering, was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Game Development, and is a guest professor at MIT. A highly sought speaker who presents in academic and game-focused venues, Davis earned his doctorate in AI and Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.