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AI based approaches for games design and development

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, December 31, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The game environments, storylines, and character behaviours are carefully crafted, requiring graphics artists, storytellers, and software engineers to collaborate. Often, games end up with a mix of hard-wired behaviour in the form of traditional code and a large collection of rules, which is often rigid and less dynamic. Moreover, the rules have restricted the non-player characters (NPCs)’s capability or cleverness/smart on responding the player’s actions (such as the speed and pattern of moving and the habits of using weapons), which makes game less competitive/exciting and may eventually get players losing their interest.

This project aims to address the issues above mentioned using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, particularly with deep learning and reinforcement learning. The overall approaches include the development of AI-assisted game design tools which could automatically generate game levels (from textures to maps), the development of deep-learning based approaches to train an AI player to play an existing game against (or alongside) human players and the development of reinforcement-based methods to help build the game dynamically for players including the enhancement of NPC’s level of smart (or intelligence).

How to apply:

Applications are made via our website using the Apply Online button below. If you have an enquiry about this project please contact us via the Email NOW button below, however your application will only be processed once you have submitted an application form as opposed to emailing your CV to us.

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and international students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years and must demonstrate:

• A 1st class honours degree and/or a relevant Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent. If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).

Funding Notes

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

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