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This paper describes the educational game, TopOpt Game, which invites the player to solve various optimization challenges. The main purpose of gamifying topology optimization is to create a supplemental educational tool which can be used to introduce concepts of topology optimization to newcomers as well asto train human intuition of topology optimization. The players are challenged to solve the standard minimum compliance problem in 2D by distributing material in a design domain given a number of loads and supports with a material constraint. A statistical analysis of the gameplay data shows that players achieve higher scores the more they play the game. The game is freely available for the iOS platform at Apple's App Store and at http://www.topopt.dtu.dk/?q=node/909 for Win-dows and OSX.
Original languageEnglish
JournalStructural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)775–781
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Interactive
  • Topology optimization
  • Gamification
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • PDE constrained optimization

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