AI Seminar

AI After Dark: Computers Playing Poker

Michael Bowling

University of Alberta
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
4:00pm - 5:30pm
1670 Beyster Bldg.

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About the Event

The game of poker presents a serious challenge for artificial intelligence. The game is essentially about dealing with many forms of uncertainty: unobservable opponent cards, undetermined future cards, and unknown opponent strategies. Coping with these uncertainties is critical to playing at a high-level. In July 2008, the University of Alberta's poker playing program, Polaris, became the first to defeat top professional players at any variant of poker in a meaningful competition. In this talk, I'll tell the story of this match interleaved with the science that enabled Polaris's accomplishment. Whatever your interests, you are almost certain to be entertained, and almost certain to learn something.

Additional Information

Sponsor(s): Toyota AI Seminar

Open to: Public