Anne Ogborn: Game AI

Game AI is an often undervalued application area of AI, with some special techniques.

Besides being an important part of a global $65 billion business, Game AI is a practical application of AI with lessons for other AI areas, as well as a-life applications.

We will examine one area of Game AI in particular, NPC behavior in third person shooters, including examining NPC behavior in a published game.  While nontechnical, a general understanding of common AI techniques and vector math is assumed.

Warning:

Presentation contains gratuitous graphic violence, explicit language, depictions of prostitution, smoking, torture, Nazi symbols, Nazis, sexism, racial stereotypes, alcoholism, historical inaccuracies, explosions, gunfire, models, reductionism, weak AI, littering, and really bad accents.

Bio:

Anne Ogborn is the virtual worlds support specialist for the University of Houston Dept. of Health and Human Performance and the principal of Anne Ogborn Engineering, a design firm that creates immersive virtual learning experiences for education, industry, and government.

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  • Annie

    The slides are available in pptx (powerpoint) at http://www.pathwayslms.com/gameai.pptx

    March 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    AI discussionoo high-level to help me (I'd like code or even pseudocode); more shorter video clips illustrating how AI helps might be good. The robot demo was awesome.

    March 12, 2012

  • Annie

    Whoo doggies, them robots were neato. Thanks for the great reception you all gave my game ai talk!

    March 12, 2012

  • Monica

    Webcast recording is available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ai-meetup .

    March 12, 2012

  • john s.

    great talk

    March 12, 2012

  • Annie

    Thanks everybody!

    March 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, this was an instructive talk, and the appearance of Aldebaran/Nao-folks was a nice bonus!

    March 11, 2012

  • Monica

    The webcast video recording is up and you can watch it at your leisure at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/21046659 . Note that we missed the sound the first seven or so minutes of the video. The NAO robot and the people from Aldebaran Robotics arrive at 2:00:00 or so in the video. It was a challenge to suddenly re-organize the camera setup for a live demo.

    March 11, 2012

  • Monica

    Two things: Note that the meeting room only seats 70 and we have allowed 80 RSVPs (because experience tells us that's how many that RSVP "yes" and then don't show up) but we'll have to turn away anyone that arrives after we're full. So arrive early if you want to make sure to get in.

    Also, we may get a visit and demo by Aldebaran Robotics, the makers of the NAO robot from. We're figuring out the details but one likely possibility is to demo the robot after 2 PM in an extended meetup.

    March 6, 2012

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