Madden NFL game designer Clint Oldenburg to headline CSU FutureVisions 2025

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Noted electronic game designer Clint Oldenburg will deliver the Holmes keynote presentation for the FutureVisions 2025 Symposium webinar at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.

Oldenburg will present an illustrated talk on “The Evolution of Technology in Madden NFL,” examining how techniques such as digital motion capture and artificially intelligence are used to make video game play more realistic.

Oldenberg will show examples of this dramatic evolution in game design and explain how his experience as a player in the NFL for six seasons has proven invaluable as a game designer. He is a 2006 Journalism and Media Communication graduate of CSU and played four seasons as an offensive lineman for the Rams under legendary coach Sonny Lubick.

In motion capture, actors are recorded executing plays in a video studio and then team uniforms and player’s faces are digitally mapped onto the avatars. Artificial intelligence algorithms are also employed to replicate the complex offensive and defensive strategies used in the NFL to enhance the game experience in Madden NFL.

The FutureVisions 2025 Symposium is a biennial conference on the future of global information and communication technology sponsored by CSU’s Office of the Vice President for Research, CSU Libraries, and the Geoffrey W. Holmes Technology Fund.

The interdisciplinary conference will be held as a Zoom webinar from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The link to the Zoom session is at

Full speaker lineup

“We ask our speakers to look ahead five years from 2020 to 2025 and describe their visions of the future. FutureVisions provides diverse perspectives on the future of information science and technology in brief  20- and 30-minute illustrated talks,” said Pete Seel, a professor emeritus in journalism and media communication at CSU. “This event is designed for university and high school students and it is about their future and how new information and communication technologies will affect their lives.”

Session speakers at this year’s event include former NASA astronaut Tony Antonelli, joined by fellow Lockheed Martin engineer Chip Woods, who will give a presentation at 2 p.m. on the future of human space exploration to the Moon and Mars.

Other speakers include Celeste Stragand from the Ford Motor Company, who will provide her vision of the future of transportation and smart cars at 2:25 p.m. Tyler Svitak, executive director of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, who will examine the future of smart cities in Colorado at 2:45 p.m. David Yu of geoscience company ESRI will provide his analysis of the future of deep learning as applied to geoscience at 1:40 p.m.

A closing panel session at 3:30 p.m. on cyber-security will feature three perspectives on the urgent issue of maintaining personal privacy while increasing the digital security of individuals, organizations, and nations in our digitally connected world. CSU computer science professor Joe Gersch will be joined by security experts Steve Lovaas from CSU and Brian Scriber of CableLabs in Louisville.

“Recent advancements in artificial intelligence and deep learning have expanded our vision of what is possible when we combine human creativity with increasingly powerful digital tools,” Seel added. “However, we should never lose sight of the unintended consequences of the adoption of these tools by societies around the globe.”