USC-ICT Wins Award at I/ITSEC Serious Games Showcase

Published: December 2, 2022
Category: News
Ning Wang in front of ARIN-561 Game booth at IITSEC 2022

ARIN-561 teaches students Artificial Intelligence fundamentals through gameplay.

USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies (USC-ICT) received the Students’ Choice Award at the 2022 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), Serious Games Showcase and Challenge for their entry, ARIN-561. I/ITSEC was held November 28th through December 2nd in Orlando, FL and is the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training event with approximately 13,300 attendees.  

ARIN-561 is a role-playing game designed to teach high school students Artificial Intelligence (AI) via visual and interactive tutorials. The game was distributed to students around the United States for feedback in advance of the conference, including Ukrainian refugees who responded positively and relayed an unanticipated result—it aided their English language skills. The game was developed by USC-ICT, Research Associate Professor, Dr. Ning Wang and team, along with collaborators at UC Berkeley, under National Science Foundation (NSF) funding. While the platform is meant for classroom integration, it is available to the general public for free at: