Emmett Tomai

Associate Professor, Interim Chair
Department of Computer Science
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
1201 West University Dr.
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999, USA

Office: ENGR 3.2100
E-mail: emmett.tomai at utrgv dot edu
Phone: 956/665.7229
Fax: 956/665.5099


I work in the field of artificial intelligence, on language, narrative and video games. Narrative is a ubiquitous human communication tool for making sense of the world, and I am interested in how we use it to describe, create and share experiences. Video games are not only an exciting, dynamic narrative medium, but a more tractable environment to carry out research on narrative. Games create simplified virtual worlds, where the actions and events are limited by the complexity of the world simulation. Game stories surround those formalized elements with free-form narrative about open-ended topics. I believe that we can leverage that partial constraint to make progress in developing richer computational models of language that can lead to more dynamic forms of storytelling in games.

As an educator, I am interested in how we can better teach analytical problem-solving skills, from K through college, that will prepare students in all disciplines to succeed in an increasingly technical world. I am exploring video games to develop intuitive, fundamental processes that make early problem-solving compelling and satisfying. These gateway experiences are intended to motivate, equip and build confidence for more rigorous study.


Curriculum Vitae


Computer Science Undergrad Program Notes (information on courses, degree plans and the like).

Fall 2017

CSCI/CMPE 3328 Object-Oriented Programming in C# MW, 12:15-1:30am
CSCI/CMPE 3342 Internet Programming (Web Development) TR, 3:05-4:20pm

Courses I Teach at UTRGV

CSCI 1380 Computer Science I
CSCI/CMPE 1370 Engineering Computer Science I
CSCI/CMPE 2380 Computer Science II
CSCI/CMPE 3328 Object-Oriented Programming in C#
CSCI/CMPE 3342 Internet Programming (Web Development)
CSCI/CMPE 3370 Intro to Game Development