R100,000 for winning Battle City AI

Entelect has announced its second R100k AI challenge

July 5, 2013
Entelect R100k 2013 Battle City challenge

Entelect has announced its second R100K artificial intelligence (AI) programming challenge in a press statement dated Wednesday, 3 July 2013, and revealed that their high-stakes competition has gone annual.

Last year the company offered a R100,000 prize to the programmer that built the winning AI for a modified version of the classic Tron game.

Jaco Cronje, an Image Processing Researcher in the Optronic Sensor Systems group at CSIR, walked away with the winner’s purse after the finals were held at rAge 2012.

The competition is run in association with NAG Magazine and as before, the finals will be played at this year’s rAge, which will be held at the Coca-Cola dome on 4–6 October 2013.

Entelect said they decided to go for something different this year and have selected the Nintendo classic, Battle City, as a model for the competition.

“Last year was quite a familiar AI problem for coders to deal with,” said Tim Kroon, general manager of Entelect Software. Kroon said that the core problem that coders will have to solve this year is similar, but with a few more quirks and a lot more opportunity for unique strategy.

“As we saw with last year’s challenge, the finalists were all individuals who went to great lengths for that extra 10% intelligence,” Kroon said. “We hope this year to see an even wider array of clever strategies as the tanks fight it out for superiority on the battlefield.”

While last year’s competition saw hackers writing their moves to a shared text file, this year’s competition will require them to log into a web service and issue commands using the SOAP standard.

As before, entrants may choose to develop in either Java or .NET, and the rules may be found on the Entelect R100k challenge website.

An interview with last year’s winner is embedded below:

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Thanks to Joseph for sending this in

Tags: Battle City, Entelect, Headline, Jaco Cronje, NAG, Tim Kroon

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