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| Course Description:
|| Advanced software design and programming techniques from artificial
intelligence are key contributors to the experience of modern
computer games and virtual environments, either by directly
controlling a non-player character or through more subtle
manipulation of the environment. This course will cover the
current state of the art in this area, as well as prepare students
for the next generation of AI contributions. We will study the
application of AI techniques such as search, planning, machine
learning, emotion modeling and natural language processing, to game
problems such as navigation, strategy, believability and narrative
control. Students will implement several small AI demonstration
||Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri, 12:00pm - 12:50pm
||Fuller Labs, Room 311
||Mat Buckland, Programming Game AI by Example, Wordware, 2005. (Required)
||Ian Millington, Artificial Intelligence for Games, Morgan Kaufmann, 2006. (Reference)
||Timothy ("TJ") Loughlin (tjloughl), FL A22 Tues/Fri 1-2pm
||Lectures, Reading & Homework (Schedule is subject to change!)
||myWPI (Subscription option recommended)
Download the zip file file containing all the source code that will be discussed in class and used for the homework assignments.
The original source code and precompiled executables distributed with the text book can be downloaded from the publisher. Some small changes have been made to support tournament play (see acknowledgment) and to address compilation problems.
The programming homework assignments are to assess your individual progress. You are encouraged to talk about solutions with classmates, even to help each other debug code. However, cutting and pasting someone else's code or emailing your code to someone else crosses the line. (See Cheating policy below.)
Use Visual Studio Debug mode for all assignments. Verify that the assignment runs correctly using the green "play" button next to the "Debug" drop-down in the Standard Tool Bar.
NB: Add a brief comment starting with '//*' before every change or addition you made to the original downloaded source files (one comment covering multiple lines is fine). Do not modify the files in the Common directory!
Homework assignments are due at midnight every Wednesday and Sunday of the first seven weeks of term, except before and after Thanksgiving break.
See Late Work policy below.
Use Web Turn-In. Upload a single zip file containing:
- only the directory in which the Visual Studio Solution file (extension .sln) for this assignment appears. (Do not include the Common directory or directories containing source code for other assignments!)
- an optional 'README.txt' file in the same directory, which briefly explains any problems or special features to the TA and instructor
55% Programming Homework Assignments
10% Class Preparation/Participation
- everyone will be called on at least once per class
- read assigned chapter (see syllabus) before class to be prepared
- before Thanksgiving break, you will be assigned an AI middleware system ("game brain") to research and evaluate
- you will give a five minute in-class presentation at the end of week 7
- see details for topics to cover in presentation
30% Final Exam
Final grades will reflect the extent to which you have
demonstrated understanding of the material and completed the
assigned work. The base level grade will be a "B" which
indicates that the basic objectives on homework, exams and project have
been met. A grade of an "A" will indicate significant achievement
beyond the basic objectives. A grade of a "C" will indicate not
all basic objectives were met, but work was satisfactory for
credit. No incomplete grades will be assigned unless there exist
exceptional, extenuating circumstances. Similarly, no makeup exams
will be given unless there exist exceptional, extenuating
- Regular class attendance (and active participation) is expected.
- If you have an unavoidable need to be absent from the lecture, you do not need special permission, but you are responsible for the work covered.
- All homework should be submitted via Web Turn-In by midnight on the due date.
- Homework turned in after midnight on the due date will immediately be penalized 1 point of total assignment value. A second 1 point will be deducted after midnight 24 hours later. No credit will be given for homework submitted more than 48 hours after midnight on the due date.
- Taking credit for work you did not do or getting unauthorized help on assigments or exams is cheating. If you are in doubt, ask the instructor first!
- Cheating is a serious offense, punishable by an automatic NR for the course.
- Institute policy on academic honesty will be followed in all cases.
||I would like to thank Robin Burke for his advice and the use of his materials (especially source code for tournament play) in planning and preparing materials for this course.