Icelanders world champions in artificial intelligence

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Icelanders world champions in artificial intelligence

Dr. Yngvi Björnsson (right) and student Hilmar Finnsson (left) from Reykjavík University (RU) won the international General Game-Playing (GGP) Competition at the AAAI Conference in Vancouver, Canada, this week.

The conference is one of the largest and most prestigious artificial intelligence (AI) conferences in the world and the GGP Competition, held for the third time this year, is one of several side events at the conference.

Björnsson’s and Finnsson’s entry, the CADIA Player, fought for the first place against an entry from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The university placed second last year and won the competition in 2005. RU has never competed before.

The CADIA Player was developed by Björnsson and Finnsson at the Center for Analysis and Design of Intelligent Agents (CADIA) at RU, the only laboratory in Iceland dedicated to the research and development of artificial intelligence.

The AAAI GGP Competition was founded by Stanford University with the purpose of encouraging research in the field of artificial intelligence. Software entered in the competition is designed to play nearly all games, unlike conventional gaming software.

Click here to read more about the competition.