Mar 05, 2018 7:30 PM
Prof. Georgios Yannakakis
"Artificial Intelligence and Games:Science meets play and art."

Recent years have seen artificial intelligence (AI) software outperforming us in tasks we believed we had mastered through millennia of evolution. How did games help in that direction? In turn, how can AI help us make better games? In this talk I will address such questions by focusing on the importance of the relationship between games and AI. I will also showcase a plethora of projects in the area of game artificial intelligence which run currently at the Institute of Digital Games.

Georgios N. Yannakakis ( is an Associate Professor and Director of the Institute of Digital Games, University of Malta. He is a leading expert of the game artificial intelligence (AI) research field with core theoretical contributions in machine learning, player modelling, and computational creativity. Georgios has published more than 200 papers and his work has been cited broadly. He has attracted funding through several EU and national research frameworks and received multiple awards for published work in top-tier journals and conferences. His work has been featured in New Scientist, Science Magazine, The Guardian, Le Monde and other venues. He is the co-author of the AI and Games Textbook.