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March 5, 2006
Associate Professor Ashwin Ram and Assistant Professors Charles Isbell and Michael Mateas have won $2.8 million in research funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Integrated Learning Program. Current learning systems are brittle, the learned knowledge is situation-specific, and does not readily apply to new problems and changing situations. Their project, one of only two projects chosen for funding, will create technologies that integrate multiple reasoning, planning, learning, and meta-reasoning techniques to accomplish human-plus performance in realistic domains involving both computer and human agents.
The four-year contract will support research in Game AI. This funding is part of a $25 million project on Generalized Integrated Learning Architectures (GILA), led by Lockheed Martin and involving several leading universities.