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NUI Galway Student wins Best Paper Award at CGAMES 2012

Frank Glavin from the College of Engineering and Informatics in NUI Galway has received the Best Student’s Paper award for a paper co-authored with Michael Madden, at CGAMES 2012, the 17th International Conference on Computer Games. The conference was held in Louisville, Kentucky USA in August 2012. The award is sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

The CGAMES conference is one of the leading research conferences devoted to the advancement of the theory and practice of games development. It brings together an international community of experts to discuss the state of the art, new research results, perspectives of future developments and innovative applications relevant to games development and related areas.


Their paper was entitled “DRE-Bot: A Hierarchical First Person Shooter Bot Using Multiple Sarsa(λ) Reinforcement Learners”, and described a hierarchical Danger-Replenish-Explore architecture for controlling non-player characters (NPC) in a first person shooter game. Multiple instances of a reinforcement learning algorithm enabled the NPC to learn through trial and error building up experience over time in an approach inspired by human learning.

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News last updated : Wednesday 5th September 2012