Rice Hall 203
P.O. BOX 400740
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Mark Floryan CV Website


I focus on computer science education and the ways in which computing can improve education more generally. I teach core computer science courses (e.g., Data Structures, Algorithms) as well as electives related to my field (e.g., Game Design, Artificial Intelligence, HCI). As a researcher, I strive to get undergraduate students involved in research activities and to continue to investigate the ways in which games, artificial intelligence, and human centered design can create more personalized educational experiences for all.


B.S. ​University of Virginia, 2008

M.S. University of Massachusetts, 2010​

Ph.D. ​University of Massachusetts, 2013

I study the ways in which artificial intelligence, games, and other sub-areas of computing can improve education for all.


Research Interests

Machine Learning

Selected Publications

“The Model of Gamification Principles for Digital Health Interventions: Evaluation of Validity and Potential Utility”. Journal of Medical Internet Research 22.6. https://doi.org/10.2196/1 MARK FLORYAN, PHILIP I. CHOW, LEE M. RITTERBAND, STEPHEN SCHUELLER
“Principles of gamification for Internet interventions”. Translational Behavioral Medicine, ibz041. https://doi.org/10.1093/tbm/ibz041 (2019). MARK FLORYAN, PHILIP I. CHOW, LEE M. RITTERBAND.
"Experience, Experiment, Evaluate: A Framework for Assessing Experiential Games". International Journal of Serious Games 4.1 (2017): 15-30. NICHOLAS LYTLE*, MARK FLORYAN, DAVID AMIN*.
“Achievement Unlocked: Investigating Which Gamification Elements Motivate Students”. 123rd Annual ASEE Conference and Exposition. New Orleans, LA (2015). MARK SHERRIFF, MARK FLORYAN, DAVID WERT*.
“A Design Framework for Experiential Educational Games”. Proceedings of the Games and Learning Alliance (GALA) Conference. Rome, Italy (2015). NICHOLAS LYTLE*, MARK FLORYAN.
“Who Needs Help? Automating Student Assessment within Exploratory Learning Environments”. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. Madrid, Spain (2015). MARK FLORYAN, TOBY DRAGON, NADA BASIT, SUELLEN DRAGON, BEVERLY PARK WOOLF.

Courses Taught

CS 4730 Computer Game Design
CS 4710 Artificial Intelligence
CS 4102 Algorithms
CS 3205 HCI in Software Development
CS 2190 Computer Science Seminar
CS 2150 Program and Data Representation
CS 2501 Introduction to Game Design
CS 1501 Neural Networks in Application *Student Taught Class
CS 1501 Cracking the Coding Interview *Student Taught Class


Hartfield Jefferson Scholars Teaching Prize 2016-2017
ACM Professor of the Year, UVa 2013-2014
Best Paper Award Nomination; ASEE Zone 1 Conference 2014
Best Poster Award; 16th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education 2013