Fun and Games
How research in
Mathematics and Computer Science contributed to Hitman game
Research from the Mathematics and
Computer Science Department of the University of Leicester has provided part of
the foundation for a hit BAFTA-nominated computer game.
The BAFTA nominee for Best Computer Game
was based on research from the University of Leicester Centre for Mathematical
Hitman, developed by Thomas Jakobsen, the
Head of Research and Development at the Danish gaming firm IO Interactive in
2001, used techniques developed by Professor Ben Leimkuhler, Director of the MMC,
in its computational schemes for simulating the dynamics of rigid and flexible
While originally aimed at molecular
simulation, these same methods turn out to be important building blocks of
modern computer gaming engines.
The techniques used in Hitman can be used
to study biodynamics (such as the way people walk) for a range of physiological
and artistic applications.
Professor Leimkuhler said: “A lot of the MMC’s research is hard-nosed science and
mathematics, but there is room for some fun, too!”
Professor Leimkuhler and Mr Jacobsen are
currently planning a conference to take place at the University of Leicester in
2003, on the theme of Movement Engines: Realistic Modelling of Complex Multibody
NOTE TO EDITORS:
and images are available from Professor Ben Leimkuhler, University of Leicester
Centre for Mathematical Modelling, telephone +44 (0)116 252 3884, email B.Leimkuhler@mcs.le.ac.uk
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