Why is it harder to build a tic-tac-toe playing robot than a tic-tac-toe playing program?

Friday, April 14, 2017, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDTiCal
11th Flr Conf Room-CR #1135
This event is open to the public.
NL Seminar
Kevin Knight (USC/ISI)

Abstract: I wanted to understand why it's so hard to build working robots, so I programmed one to play tic-tac-toe. Now I understand a lot better! I thought I'd relate my experience right now, just in case I later become more knowledgeable and impossible to understand.

Bio: Kevin Knight is a Research Director at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) of the University of Southern California (USC), and a Professor in the USC Computer Science Department. He received a PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor's degree from Harvard University. Dr. Knight’s research interests include statistical machine translation, natural language generation, automata theory, and decipherment of historical manuscripts.

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