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The 2008 Math and Computer Science Department Awards Ceremony

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Featuring Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer, Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta.

What
  • Colloquium
  • Math/CS Club
When Thu, May 01, 2008
from 04:10 PM to 05:45 PM
Where Kelley Auditorium
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Computer (and Human) Perfection at Checkers

Jonathan Schaeffer In 1989 the Chinook project began with the goal of winning the human World Checkers Championship. There was an imposing obstacle to success -- the human champion, Marion Tinsley. Tinsley was as close to perfection at the game as was humanly possible. To be better than Tinsley meant that the computer had to be perfect. In effect, one had to solve checkers. Little did we know that our quest would take 18 years to complete. What started out as a research project quickly became a personal quest and an emotional roller coaster. In this talk, the creator of Chinook tells the story of man versus machine for supremacy at checkers.

The presentation of awards will follow the talk at approximately 5:15.

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