91.350.202 AI for Computer Gaming
Prof. Fred Martin,
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MWF at 10 am, room TBA
Fred was on medical leave for the Spring 2010 semester, and this course was taught by Prof. Haim Levkowitz.
First meeting at UML: Friday Jan 8, 2 pm, OS210A
This is a directed study group to facilitate participation in the MIT BattleCode contest. You will develop code to control virtual characters that compete in the game's simulated world. From the BattleCode web site:
To participate, you will:
- Attend the MIT training lectures, which run the first two weeks of January. They are held on the MIT campus.
- Create three complete Battlecode entries. These will be due at the end of January, February, and March.
- Each successive submission should be more sophisticated than the previous one. Hopefully, it works better too.
- You must work individually for the January code submission. You may work in groups of 2 in each of the subsequent contests.
- Attend 3 group meetings each week during the semester. These will be held MWF at 10 am.
- Document your work. Technical write-ups will be due a week after each contest entry. Final documentation will be due in early April.
This is not a regular class in which you go to lectures, have material explained to you, read about it again in a textbook, and then do problem sets. Instead, this is a directed study group in which you will be required to take initiative. You will be in charge of seeking out and putting into practice the theoretical material that is necessary to carry out the Battlecode challenges. You will also be expected to take on administrative duties as required to facilitate the overall UML group participation in MIT-led Battlecode events. Of course, the core experience will be writing working code to lead your virtual robots into simulated battle! Prof. Martin will facilitate this process, rather than lead it.
Schedule and Credits
You may register for up to 3 units of UML credit (they will count as a CS elective). One third of the work, however, must be completed in January. Here is the schedule:
|Mon-Fri Jan 4 to 8 |
Jan 11 to 15
|Daily lectures at MIT to introduce the entire Battlecode system. 4 pm to 5 pm, room TBA. |
In-person attendance at the lectures is expected.
|Sat Jan 30||Saturday, 7 to 9 PM Final Tournament at Kresge Auditorium, MIT. |
External teams are not allowed to compete in this event, but you should plan to attend.
|Fri Jan 29||Enter your code into UML-only (or other public) demonstration contest|
|Sat Feb 27||09:00 PM MIT-run DRW Open Tournament submission deadline submit your code|
|Sun Mar 28||09:00 PM MIT-run Open Tournament submission deadline submit your code|
|Fri Apr 9||Final documentation of your code due.|
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