What we do

AlbaSim is the “Serious Game” research axis at the Media Engineering Institute of the HES-SO.

Our research and development activities are related to the design and development of Serious Games for training purposes. A Serious Game is a computer application that combines a serious intention, of an educational, informative or training nature with playful mechanics from the worlds of video games and computer simulations.

Our research and development activities includes designing authoring tools for serious games, integrating serious games and active pedagogies, using serious games as a basis for resolving real-world problems, analyzing the impact of using serious games.
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Research Projects

Patient’s Rights & Innovative Teaching Strategy

A Serious Game for education on the legal rules of the health field. This game will be used as a driver for pedagogical innovation. Funded by HES-SO, in partnership with Haute Ecole de Santé Vaud

Project Management Game (PM-Game)

Take the role of a project manager and manage a virtual project! A complete educational concept integrating software simulation, teamwork and role-playing. The PM-Game is currently used by thousands of students in Switzerland and abroad.

Programming Game

Learn JavaScript programming in order to control your avatar ! Developed in the frame of the “Programming and Computational Thinking” project funded by the Hasler Foundation.


Development of a collaborative digital platform for the co-design, co-development and co-evaluation of serious games. Project financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and conducted in partnership with the University of Fribourg and the University of Geneva.


Development of a simulation for individual and team training in the management of major medical events. The project is co-funded by the University Hospital of Geneva and InnoSuisse.
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The Wegas platform

The Wegas authoring system developed in our institute, to facilitate access to serious games:

Created by BT Hai from the Noun Project

Costs reduction

Created by Sergey Novosyolov from the Noun Project

Rapid prototyping

Created by LAFS from the Noun Project

Simplified game customization


We conduct AR&D projects in collaboration with academic partners ranging from pedagogical research centers to natural language processing.

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