Get a Life: How AI in Video Games Makes Characters Come Alive
CEO and Founder
Time and Place
Auditorium (NSH 1305)
Refreshments 3:15 pm
Talk 3:30 pm
the insatiable appetite of today’s savvy audience pushing developers and
publishers to create characters with increasingly sophisticated levels of
interactivity, we find ourselves at the forefront of AI advancement in games
wondering: what’s next? Listen in,
Dr. Ian Lane Davis, CEO and Founder of Mad Doc® Software, Creative Director on Vivendi Universal Games’ Empire Earth® 2, and former Technical Director at Activision Publishing’s Santa Monica studio, is widely acknowledged as one of the top artificial intelligence experts in the games industry. His direct credits include the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Computer Role Playing Game of the Year Finalist: Dungeon Siege®: Legends of Aranna™; Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest™ ; and Jane’s® Attack Squadron, as well as Star Trek®: Armada II™, Call to Power II, Star Trek®: Armada™, Civilization®: Call to Power™, Battlezone®, Dark Reign: Rise of the Shadowhand™, and Dark Reign: The Future of War™ for Activision.
Currently co-authoring the definitive AI and games textbook for academic and industry training, Dr. Davis is a trusted advisor to some of the most important publishers in the industry (including Vivendi Universal Games, Midway, Microsoft, EA Games and Activision), serves as a Peer Panel Leader for the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Peer Panel for Gameplay Engineering, and recently was appointed to the Journal of Game Development’s Editorial Board. Dr. Davis is a highly sought speaker who presents in academic and game-focused venues, and has been interviewed for online, print and television media.
Davis earned his doctorate in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, applying his talents in AI to autonomous cross-country navigation in the Highly Mobile Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) for the Department of Defense, researching the inspection of aging aircraft via the Autonomous NonDestructive Inspector (ANDI) for the FAA, and analyzing and designing systems for the Lunar and Earthbound Lava Tube Explorer.
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