Maciej Świechowski
Silver Bullet Labs

Designing Unpredictability: managing truly complex AI in games

Speaker’s bio:

 

Multilingual programmer with both commercial and scientific background, doctor of Computer Science who specialized in games and game AI. Currently in Silver Bullet Labs company. Prior to Silver Bullet Labs, he worked as a software engineer at CareIT in many interesting commercial projects (e.g. in Medicine or Transportation). He was an assistant professor in Systems Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences and academic teacher at Warsaw University of Technology.

M.Sc. in computer science from the Faculty of Mathematics and Information Science, Warsaw University of Technology. Ph.D. with distinctions, in the Systems Research Institute of Polish Academy of Sciences (SRI PAS). Ph.D. thesis title: “Adaptive simulation-based meta-heuristic methods in synchronous multiplayer games”. He is a proper geek, who loves computer science, fast cars and playing electric guitar after hours.

 

Speech description:

 

Why is video game AI still mostly hand-crafted despite such amazing progress in AI as a computer science field? Why do we still rely on boorish hacks or easily exploitable heuristics when creating AI? What are good examples of games that showcase interesting AI? In the game development industry, we have a lot of great tools for graphics, animation and game logic. The question is – why don’t we ever hear about such amazing solutions to help us create next-gen AI?

 

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