Foaad Khosmood (he/him Persian: فواد خوشمود) is Forbes Endowed Professor of Computer Engineering at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) and research director at Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy. Foaad holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California Santa Cruz. His dissertation work was on "Computational Style Processing". A distinguished scholar, Foaad's research interests include natural language processing (NLP), artificial intelligence, digital government, interactive entertainment, game AI and game jams. He is co-founder and past president of Global Game Jam, Inc. where he was responsible for organizing the world's largest game creation activity (120+ countries). Foaad served as general chair for FDG 2019.
At Cal Poly, Professor Khosmood usually teaches AI, Interactive Entertainment, Computational Linguistics, Data Mining and Operating Systems. Foaad has served as the faculty advisor for the Cal Poly Game Development (CPGD), SLO Hacks and Color Coded student clubs.