Blogs

An introduction to A* pathfinding

An introduction to A* pathfinding

July 26, 2021 . Joy Zhang

This is part 3 of a series on bot programming: Part 1: Getting started with the game environment Part 2: Creating our first agent The A* pathfinding (or A* search) algorithm is a popular technique for finding the shortest path between two points in…

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An introduction to bot programming: building a simple Bomberman bot (part 2)

An introduction to bot programming: building a simple Bomberman bot (part 2)

July 19, 2021 . Joy Zhang

This is part 2 of a tutorial series. We'll build a bot in Python that can play a variation of the classic Bomberman game called Dungeons and Data Structures. Check out Part 1 here: Building an AI game bot for Bomberman. We'll start off simple, and…

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How to build an AI game bot for Bomberman

How to build an AI game bot for Bomberman

June 24, 2021 . Joy Zhang

This is an introductory tutorial for anyone interested in building their own AI to play in a game. All you need to start is some familiarity with programming in Python. We'll be using a custom game environment called Dungeons and Data Structures. It…

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What I learned from speaking to 30+ recruiters and hiring managers in tech.

What I learned from speaking to 30+ recruiters and hiring managers in tech.

June 17, 2021 . Joy Zhang

I recently interviewed 30+ people from the technology industry involved in recruiting software engineers and data scientists about their hiring challenges. This included recruiters, heads of talent, and hiring managers at startups to large corporates…

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A next-generation OpenAI Gym with adversarial environments and active competitions.

A next-generation OpenAI Gym with adversarial environments and active competitions.

June 11, 2021 . Joy Zhang

In March 2016, DeepMind's AlphaGo beat Lee Sedol 4-1 in a televised match viewed by over 200 million people. There was a global shortage in Go boards, and AlphaGo's victory is seen as a landmark moment for artificial intelligence. Shortly after in…

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12 Active AI Game Competitions to Check Out in 2021 (Ongoing & Upcoming)

12 Active AI Game Competitions to Check Out in 2021 (Ongoing & Upcoming)

May 27, 2021 . Joy Zhang

AI game competitions are also known as AI programming competitions or bot programming competitions. They're different from your average data science competition. In an AI game competition, you aren't given a data set. Instead, you get a game or…

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AI Sports Challenge 2021: Meet the top sixteen

AI Sports Challenge 2021: Meet the top sixteen

May 24, 2021 . Ben Ye

Behind the knights and wizards and digging past the cold calculating algorithms, are a group of dedicated and passionate engineers who have spent over 16 days crafting their perfect agent in the AI Sports Challenge. Read on to meet the teams and…

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The AI Sports Challenge 2021 Recap

The AI Sports Challenge 2021 Recap

May 17, 2021 . Ben Ye

The AI Sports Challenge returns! Between April 22nd — May 7th, 24 teams from around the world competed in the second AI Sports Challenge for a slice of $5,000 AUD. After an intense 16 days of coding and two tournament phases, we crowned our AI Sports…

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Architecture of building a tournament for game playing agents

Architecture of building a tournament for game playing agents

May 16, 2021 . Matthew Duong

Context I built a game playing agent tournament. To give some context this wasn't entirely from scratch. I had the benefit of learning from the previous tournament which had a few flaws. December 2020 tournament Design The previous tournament was…

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Tutorial: An Introduction to Reinforcement Learning Using OpenAI Gym

May 05, 2021 . Joy Zhang

In this introductory tutorial, we'll apply reinforcement learning (RL) to train an agent to solve the 'Taxi' environment from OpenAI Gym. We'll cover: A basic introduction to RL Setting up OpenAI Gym & Taxi Step-by-step tutorial on how to train a…

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What to expect at the AI Sports Challenge 2021

What to expect at the AI Sports Challenge 2021

April 11, 2021 . Joy Zhang

The AI Sports Challenge 2021 is an online AI programming competition sponsored by Deputy, Lab17, MongoDB and GitLab. Thank you also to our community partners Hackathons Australia, General Assembly, SitePoint and the Data Science and AI Association of…

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Who joined us for the first-ever AI Sports Challenge?

Who joined us for the first-ever AI Sports Challenge?

February 08, 2021 . Joy Zhang

The AI Sports Challenge is an AI programming tournament for developers of all levels. Teams across the globe participate by programming their own bot to compete in an online multiplayer game — played entirely by other bots. Run as a virtual hackathon…

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The AI Sports Challenge 2020: a week of kamikazi’s, ammo-hogging, and Jigglybluff sweeps.

The AI Sports Challenge 2020: a week of kamikazi’s, ammo-hogging, and Jigglybluff sweeps.

January 16, 2021 . Joy Zhang

Between 11–18 December 2020, over 400 developers across 20 countries competed in the first-ever AI Sports challenge for a chance to win $10,000 AUD in prizes and giveaways. But there could only be one winner: after an intense week of coding…

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