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- 1Asadi Atui, Kavosh
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- 1Davis, Trevor
- 1Erickson, Graham KS
- 1Faghih Dinevari, Amir Hossein
- 1Hauer, Bradley
Displaying believable emotional reactions in virtual characters is required in applications ranging from virtual-reality trainers to video games. Manual scripting is the most frequently used method and enables an arbitrarily high fidelity of the emotions displayed. However, scripting is labor...
An agent in an adversarial, imperfect information environment must sometimes decide whether or not to take an action and, if they take the action, must choose a parameter value associated with that action. Examples include choosing to buy or sell some amount of resources or choosing whether or...
Automated sports commentary is a form of automated narrative and human-computer interaction. Sports commentary exists to keep the viewer informed and entertained. One way to entertain the viewer is by telling brief stories relevant to the game in progress. We introduce a system called the...
Answer typing is an important aspect of the question answering process. Most commonly addressed with the use of a fixed set of possible answer classes via question classification, answer typing influences which answers will ultimately be selected as correct. Answer typing introduces the concept...
Many important problems can be cast as state-space problems. In this dissertation we study a general paradigm for solving state-space problems which we name Cluster-and-Conquer (C&C). Algorithms that follow the C&C paradigm use the concept of equivalent states to reduce the number of states...
Algorithmic decipherment is a prime example of a truly unsupervised problem. This thesis presents several algorithms developed for the purpose of decrypting unknown alphabetic scripts representing unknown languages. We assume that symbols in scripts which contain no more than a few dozen unique...
Heuristic search has been shown to be an effective way to solve state-space problems. While many heuristic search techniques are guaranteed to find the best solution, these are often not feasible given practical resource requirements. In such cases, it is necessary to sacrifice solution...
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) measures the dynamic activity of each voxel of a brain. This dissertation addresses the challenge of learning a diagnostic classifier that uses a subject’s fMRI data to distinguish subjects with neuropsychiatric disorders from healthy controls. fMRI...
This thesis proposes, analyzes and tests different exploration-based techniques in Greedy Best-First Search (GBFS) for satisficing planning. First, we show the potential of exploration-based techniques by combining GBFS and random walk exploration locally. We then conduct deep analysis on how...
This research focuses on developing AI agents that play arbitrary Atari 2600 console games without having any game-specific assumptions or prior knowledge. Two main approaches are considered: reinforcement learning based methods and search based methods. The RL-based methods use feature vectors...