1:30-2:15 pm: Technical Talk
The Evolving Role of Games in AI
— Murray Campbell, Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
From the earliest days of the computer era, games have been considered important vehicles for research in artificial intelligence. Over the first few decades, progress was slow and steady, and, for the most part, narrowly focused. But in recent years there has been an explosion of interest in games in a much wider variety of research contexts. In this talk I will examine the evolving role of games in AI research, and explore the characteristics of games that have made them so useful to present-day researchers.
Murray Campbell is a Distinguished Research Staff Member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, where he is a manager in the AI Foundations Lab. He was a member of the team that developed Deep Blue, which was the first computer to defeat the human world chess champion in a match. Campbell received numerous awards for Deep Blue, including the Allen Newell Medal for Research Excellence and the Fredkin Prize. He has applied his expertise in artificial intelligence to a number of areas, including finance, public health, and workforce. Campbell received his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University, and is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).
2:15-3:00 pm: Panel Discussion
Topic: AI and Cloud Research at IBM
Moderator: Hillery Hunter, IBM Fellow and Director, Accelerated Cognitive Infrastructure
Panelists: IBM Fellow, T.J. Watson Research Center
Tamar Eilam, IBM Fellow, T.J. Watson Research Center
Aleksandra Mojsilovic, IBM Fellow, T.J. Watson Research Center
Michael Witbrock, DRSM Senior Manager - Cognitive Systems: Learning to Reason, T.J. Watson Research Center
Nicole A. Saulnier, Manager, Semiconductor Materials and Process Technology Research, Albany