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Tech Hosts Artificial Intelligence Competition

By Daily Mining Gazette

April 18, 2013

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More than 50 teams recently competed in an artificial intelligence (AI) competition at Michigan Technological University. The participants, including students from Northern Michigan University (NMU), spent eight hours during the all-day event programming AI systems to respond to challenges in a game developed by the organizers.

The students, mostly computer science and computer network and system administration majors, received information on the game design and mechanics during an orientation the morning of BonzAI Brawl. For the farm-themed game, the teams had to devise the most efficient way to move ducks from point A to point B, based on factors such as the location of the ducks, the terrain, and the number of available farmhands. The competing teams' programs were then pitted against each other.

Michigan Tech's Team Hawkward took first place, followed by its Lazor Bears and NMU's NeptunAI. The Tech Husky Game Development Enterprise and Women in Computing Science student organizations hosted the teams.

"Artificial intelligence is basically a series of decision making, is what it boils down to, and the best strategies and best implementations of those strategies will usually come out on top," says Husky Game Development president Ryan George.

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