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Dr. Daniel Brown | 2017 Speakers

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PROFESSOR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

University of Waterloo

Dr. Dan Brown is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, where he has been a faculty member since 2000. Dr. Brown earned his Bachelor's degree in math at MIT and his PhD in computer science from Cornell, and was a post-doctoral researcher on the Human and Mouse Genome Projects at the MIT Center for Genome Research.

In his time at Waterloo, Dr. Brown has had a strikingly broad research agenda, from creating algorithms for analysis of DNA data to analyzing evolutionary trees to studying patterns in rap music rhymes, to using lyrics to predict hit pop songs, to teaching computers to create poetry.

In 2013, Dr. Brown affiliated with the Gambling Research Lab at Waterloo, with an interest in analyzing and minimizing the harms of legalized gambling on vulnerable populations, and has collaborated with colleagues at Waterloo and at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation in support of those projects.

Classification of Slot Machines in Ontario: Providing Relevant Information to Players

This presentation reports on an ongoing collaborative project between the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation’s Social Responsibility team, the University of Waterloo, and Gambling Research Exchange Ontario. Similar to Nutrition Facts labels on food products that provide consumers with information about calories, fats, and sugars, in this project labels are being put on slot machines to provide players with information specific to that slot machine including the play experience, payback percentage, and bonus round hit frequency.

The project is part of a continuous effort to educate slot players and integrate responsible gambling into the playing experience, and will assist players in making informed choices about their game selection. The slot classification labels will be supported by a suite of communication materials and tools to further enhance players’ levels of knowledge. Data is being collected on players’ understanding of the labels and actual play before and after the labels are installed.
Delegates will learn about the complexities and challenges of providing accurate and meaningful information, the extensive consultations and role of the Gaming Industry, and how the implications of classifying slot games may apply to a number of gambling formats including online, lottery, and bingo products.

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