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Time Management in Computer Go

Date: 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT April 16 Location: John Howard 132

John Howard 132

Honors Thesis presentation by Sam Kelly ’14, CSMT major


Some people think the purpose of life is to do as much good as possible in our limited time on this planet. But what is the best way to use this time? Should we only spend time on the important things or balance it over different activities? Okay—this talk is not really about life, but it’s the same idea! It is about how computers playing the ancient Asian board game called Go should spend their time in order to win as many games as possible. Go is a simple yet profoundly rich game that is considered a grand challenge problem of artificial intelligence. I will discuss the breakthrough algorithm that has helped computers compete with humans at Go, and introduce the research I worked on in time management that helped our program win more games.

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