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Hardcover. 200 pages. Dimensions: 9.3in. x 6.3in. x 0.9in.The book presents some of the most relevant results from academia in the area of Artificial Intelligence for games. It emphasizes well theoretically supported work supported by developed prototypes, which should lead into integration ofacademic AI techniques into current electronic entertainment games. The book elaborates on the main results produced in Academia within the last 10 years regarding all aspects of Artificial Intelligence for games, including pathfinding, decision making, and learning. A general theme of the book is thecoverage of techniques for facilitating the construction of flexible not prescripted AI for agents in games. Regarding pathfinding, the book includes new techniques for implementing real-time search methods that improve the results obtained through AI, as well as techniques for learning pathfinding behavior by observing actual players. Regarding decision making, the book describes new techniques for authoring tools that facilitate the construction by game designers (typically nonprogrammers) of behavior controlling software, by reusing patterns or actualcases of past behavior. Additionally, the book will cover a number of approaches proposed for extending the essentially pre-scripted nature of current commercial videogames AI into a more interactive form of narrative, where the story emerges from the interaction with the player. Some of those approachesrely on a layered architecture for the character AI, including beliefs, intentions and emotions, taking ideas from research on agent systems. The book also includes chapters on techniques for automatically or semiautomatically learning complex behavior from recorded traces of human or automatic players using different combinations of reinforcement learning, case-based reasoning, neural networks and genetic algorithms. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781441981875

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Title: Artificial Intelligence for Computer Games

Publisher: Springer

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Book Type: Hardcover

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The book presents some of the most relevant results from academia in the area of Artificial Intelligence for games. It emphasizes well theoretically supported work supported by developed prototypes, which should lead into integration of

academic AI techniques into current electronic entertainment games.

The book elaborates on the main results produced in Academia within the last 10 years regarding all aspects of Artificial Intelligence for games, including pathfinding, decision making, and learning. A general theme of the book is the

coverage of techniques for facilitating the construction of flexible not prescripted AI for agents in games.

Regarding pathfinding, the book includes new techniques for implementing real-time search methods that improve the results obtained through AI, as well as techniques for learning pathfinding behavior by observing actual players.

Regarding decision making, the book describes new techniques for authoring tools that facilitate the construction by game designers (typically nonprogrammers) of behavior controlling software, by reusing patterns or actual

cases of past behavior. Additionally, the book will cover a number of approaches proposed for extending the essentially pre-scripted nature of current commercial videogames AI into a more interactive form of narrative, where the story emerges from the interaction with the player. Some of those approaches

rely on a layered architecture for the character AI, including beliefs, intentions and emotions, taking ideas from research on agent systems.

The book also includes chapters on techniques for automatically or semiautomatically learning complex behavior from recorded traces of human or automatic players using different combinations of reinforcement learning, case-based reasoning, neural networks and genetic algorithms.

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Techniques used for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in commercial video games are still far from state-of-the art in Academia, but with graphics in video games coming close to photo realistic quality, and multi-processor architectures getting common in console and PC game platforms, sophisticated AI is getting into the focus of the video game industry as the next big thing for enhancing the player experience. "Artificial Intelligence for Games" collects some of the most relevant results from Academia in the area of Artificial Intelligence for games. The selection of contributions has been biased towards rigorous and theoretically grounded work that is also supported with developed prototypes, which should pave the way for the integration of academic AI techniques into state-of-the-art electronic entertainment games. The chapters in the book cover different areas relevant to AI in commercial games:

  • Real-time heuristic search algorithms that alleviate the scalability problem of A* techniques
  • Authoring tools that facilitate the construction by game designers (typically non-programmers) of behavior controlling software
  • Algorithms for automatically or semi-automatically learning complex behavior from recorded traces of human players
  • Techniques that try to deliver the best possible experience by dynamically adapting the game to the player interaction

"Artificial Intelligence for Games " is a must-read for researchers and practicing engineers in the game industry. Key results from applied research on AI within the last 10 years have been collected here to provide a reference work for both Academia and Industry that will help to close the gap between both worlds.

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