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From: Marcus Hutter <marcus.hutter@gmx.net>
Date: Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Subject: [AGI-group] Fwd: IJCAI 2013 Angry Birds AI Competition -- Call for Participation
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                             Call for Participation
              IJCAI 2013 Angry Birds AI Competition
                             http://www.aibirds.org

                      Beijing, China, 6-9 August 2013
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Angry Birds is a popular video game where players shoot birds in order
to destroy pigs protected by complicated structures. The task of this
competition is to develop an intelligent Angry Birds playing agent that
is able to successfully play the game autonomously and without human
intervention. The long term goal is to build AI agents that can play new
levels better than the best human players. In order to successfully
solve this challenge, participants can benefit from combining different
areas of AI such as computer vision, knowledge representation and
reasoning, planning, heuristic search, and machine learning.
Successfully integrating methods from these areas is one of the great
challenges of AI.

Game Playing Software
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The organizers have provided a basic game playing software and a sample
agent. Participants are free to adapt this software. The software can be
downloaded at http://www.aibirds.org. On this website, we also offer a
discussion forum for participants, benchmarks and other relevant
information.

Prizes
=====

The teams of the three best agents will receive a prize as well as a
certificate.

     * First prize: USD 1500
     * Second prize: USD 1000
     * Third prize: USD 500

All participants of the finals will also receive a certificate.

Symposium on AI in Angry Birds
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During the competition, there will be an opportunity to present original
scientific work related to the problems of developing an Angry Birds
playing agent. Please refer to the Call for Papers at http://www.aibirds.org

Man vs Machine Challenge
====================

On 9 August 2013, everyone is invited to compete against the best AI
agents.
The winner of this challenge, man or machine, will receive USD 500 and
a certificate.

Important Dates
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 * Early registration: 30 June 2013
 * Agent submissions (qualification round): 5 August 2013
 * Final agent submission: 8 August 2013
 * Competition: 6-7 August (qualification), 8 August (finals)

 * Paper submissions: 30 June 2013
 * Acceptance notification: 14 July 2013
 * Camera ready deadline: 28 July 2013

Organizers
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     * Jochen Renz, Australian National University
     * Stephen Gould, Australian National University
     * XiaoYu (Gary) Ge, Australian National University

All enquiries should be made by email to
angrybirdscompetition@gmail.com.


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