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Tank Wars invites computer science students to demonstrate their skill by writing an A.I. program that pits one military tank against another in a battle for supremacy.
EA provides the software code free of charge to participating students and all entrants retain ownership of their intellectual property. The concept is a 100m x 100m world, with two tanks locked in an arena where only one will survive. The challenge is to program the tank which will exit victorious. The finalists will present their completed A.I. designs to the EA judging panel and the winning entries will be chosen based on technical ability, originality and creative merit.
John Buchanan, university research liaison at EA said, "As we move into the next-generation, the task of rendering stunning graphics in games is slowly being handed over to specialized hardware. We have reached the point where we can easily produce highly realistic and incredibly impressive visuals with relative ease. In this competition, we have deliberately downgraded the graphics to emphasize the importance of A.I. Over the next five to 10 years, A.I. is going to differentiate great games from the rest. With this competition, we hope to find people with a passion for A.I. and understanding of the magic that makes a game truly fun to play."
The by-invitation-only competition is open to the following schools: Carnegie Mellon University, Florida Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, Morehouse College Georgia, San Jose State University, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, University of California Davis, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Illinois Urbana-Champlain, University of Michigan and University of Southern California.