UTCS Colloquia/AI - Prof. Michael Bowling/University of Alberta, "Abstraction with an Adversary," ACES 2.302

Contact Name: 
Jenna Whitney
Aug 13, 2012 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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Type o f Talk: UTCS Colloquia/AI Speaker/Affiliation: Prof. Michael Bowling/University of Alberta

Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students

Date/Time: Monday, August 13, 2012, 2:00 pm

Location: ACES 2.402

Host: Peter Stone

Talk Title: Abstraction with an Adversary

Talk Abstract:

The Computer Poker Research Group at the University of Alberta has for well over a decade developed the strongest poker playing programs in the world. We have tested them in competit ion against other programs,winning 20 of 33 events since the inauguration of the AAAI Computer Poker Competition in 2006. We have also tested them a gainst top professional players, becoming the first to beat professional poker players in a meaningful competition in 2008. This success all originates from our key approach: when facing an intractably large game, abstract the game to a smaller one and reason in that game. Recently, this approach has been shown to be on shaky ground, or rather on no ground at all. In this talk, I'll be looking down to see what, if anything, the poker success is standing on and what this line of research means for real-world applications which don't involve an apparent adversary.