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Game playing styles

Posted: Friday, 8 May 2009 12:34

Research carried out by Prof. Mark Levene and Dr. Trevor Fenner on A Methodology for Learning Players' Styles from Game Records recently featured in Wired and Technology Review.
The research was focused on a preliminary investigation into learning a Chess player's style from game records. The method used attempts to learn features that make up a player's evaluation function using the method of temporal differences, with the aid of a conventional Chess engine architecture. Some encouraging results were obtained in learning the styles of two recent Chess world champions, and an attempt to use the learnt styles to discriminate between the players from game records by trying to detect who was playing white and who was playing black was carried out. The method used may also be applicable to other strategic games, and may even be generalisable to other domains where sequences of agents' actions are recorded.

Intel Research WISP challenge award

Posted: Tuesday, 28 April 2009 17:34

George Roussos and the DeTaLe project team have won an Intel Research WISP challenge award to investigate the suitability of the platform for tangible interfaces. WISP = Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform. WISPs have the capabilities of RFID tags, but also support sensing and computing. Like any passive RFID tag, they are powered and read by a standard off-the-shelf RFID reader, harvesting the power it uses from the reader's emitted radio signals and thus requiring no battery.

Computer spellchecking for dyslexics

Posted: Thursday, 2 April 2009 08:04

Jenny Pedler, whose research area is computer spellchecking for dyslexics, has recently been interviewed by Michael Rosen for a forthcoming edition of BBC Radio 4 Word of Mouth series. The programme will be broadcast on Tue 7 April 4-4.30pm and repeated on Mon 13 April at 11pm. Details of the programme can be found here.

Bringing Programming Languages up to Date

Posted: Wednesday, 18 February 2009 09:04

John Florentin, Professor Emeritus, and Geoff Sharman, Visiting Professor, in the Department will present a seminar entitled "Bringing Programming Languages up to Date" to the BCS Advanced Programming Specialist Group meeting at 6pm on Thursday 12th March.

Venue: BCS HQ, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2 7HA. The nearest underground stations are Covent Garden and Charing Cross. Further details

Web mining series

Posted: Wednesday, 18 February 2009 08:58

Professors Mark Levene and George Magoulas have been appointed as consulting editors for a forthcoming series on Web Data mining.

Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems Conference

Posted: Wednesday, 18 February 2009 08:50

Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo has been awarded a Conference Grant of £660 by the Royal Society for her paper "Designing Self-Organization for Evolvable Assembly Systems" presented at the IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO08) in Venice, October 2008.

Weather Disruption: College Closing Early, Evening Teaching Cancelled - Feb 2nd 2009

Posted: Monday, 2 February 2009 11:50

A message from the College Secretary - Given the impact of the severe weather conditions teaching this evening is being cancelled. There is an obvious concern, given the current transport situation and the forecast of worse weather, for students and staff being in central London later this evening. The intention is to close College buildings at 5pm this evening. NB in addition the Week II of Maintaining Personal Web Pages Course has been re-scheduled - see below

Weather - Mon 2nd Feb 2009

Posted: Monday, 2 February 2009 08:25

The Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network: Week II of Maintaining Personal Web Pages Course has been moved to Monday Feb. 9th, 15:30- 17:30 to be held in lab 131 (same place as Week I).

RAE 2008 outcome

Posted: Thursday, 18 December 2008 00:00

Almost all of the department's research has been judged as being of international significance, with 15% being world-leading, 50% internationally excellent, and 30% internationally recognised. RAE 2008 Computer Science and Informatics Quality Profiles

Associate Editor of Artificial Intelligence Journal

Posted: Thursday, 18 December 2008 00:00

Prof M Zakharyaschev has been appointed as Associate Editor of Artificial Intelligence Journal, Elsevier effective January 1, 2009.