3 Days in Vancouver

The Neural Information Processing Systems conference has just finished. There were a lot of interesting talks and posters (we spare you the entire list of talks and posters, they can be found here). The most hands-on research could be seen in the demonstration track; a number of interesting demos included: The Vocal Joystick MoGo, one of…

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Reward Driven Racing in Cambridge

I just completed my 12 week internship in the Applied Games Group. I was working with Ralf, Thore and Phil on applying model-based reinforcement learning to race car driving. This is one of the most interesting projects I’ve worked on. Next to my workstation I had an XBox 360 development kit hooked up to a…

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First Halo 3 Multiplayer Details Emerge!

I am a big fan of Halo and Halo 2 so I was very pleased to see several gaming pages starting to report details of the Halo 3 multiplayer (originally printed in a Swedish gaming magazine). The “man-cannon” and the “Moongoose” sound like amazing fun! And, the Assault Rifle of Halo CE seems to be back:…

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Meeting the Press: Gaming with Katie Ledger and Steve Clayton

Yesterday, we had some prominent visitors: Katie Ledger and Steve Clayton of PTS-TV. PTS-TV is a UK project to connect with the tens of thousands of Microsoft Partners in a new way (inspired by Channel 9). Katie and Steve interviewed both Thore and me about our work on TrueSkill for almost an hour – in…

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All the Hot News Directly from Microsoft Research Cambridge

Welcome to our blog! We are the Applied Games group at Microsoft Research Ltd, Cambridge, UK, and this place will be used by all our team members to post about our day-to-day work. Posts will range from machine learning, video gaming to software development, including news about our favourite programming language F#. Some of us already have…

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