Yusuf Pisan

Yusuf Pisan


Yusuf Pisan is a Senior Lecturer in the Computing & Software Systems Division at the University of Washington Bothell. Previously he was an Associate Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney where he formed and led the UTS Games Studio. He was a visiting professor at Harvey Mudd College, University of Southern California, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and IT University of Copenhagen (ITU).

His research interests include enabling technologies for computer games, the design of virtual environments that support collaborative work, and computer science education. He founded the Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment conference series and helped foster the Australian games community. His list of publications can be found at Google Scholar.

Yusuf has a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from Northwestern University. Before moving to Seattle in 2017, Yusuf lived in Chicago area for 10 years and in Sydney for 20 years.

My somewhat outdated CV has additional details.

Happy to accept connection requests on LinkedIn as long as we have met in-person. I sporadically use Twitter.



CSS 497 Capstone guidelines, advice and project ideas. Past students I have supervised.


I have taught small classes, large (700-person) classes, first-year classes, graduate level classes, supervised masters and PhD students, experimented with hybrid and online classes, used traditional lecturing, active learning, flipped classrooms, collaborative meaning making and gamified classrooms. I received the UTS Teaching Award in 2006.

I have decided to make all my evaluations public to help future students make more informed choices, or at least know what they are getting into when they decide to take a course from me. It also is an interesting and fun historical record! Happy spelunking into my teaching evaluations going back for many many years.


Visit my resources wiki for all sorts of information from C++ style to UWB Resources


Email: pisan@uw.edu
Phone: 425.352.3741 (email is better)

Yusuf Pisan Computing & Software Systems (CSS) University of Washington Bothell