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Colloquium - Howe

How the Agent Got Its Design: Case Studies in Agent Evaluation
Colorado State University

Many AI researchers view evaluation as a burden; it takes too long, gets in the way of rapid prototyping and is not well supported by methods and tools. This talk will present two projects focused on developing agents and show how the evaluation process influenced their designs.

The first project is SavvySearch, a WWW meta-search engine, which was designed based on a series of experiments in which we actively and passively solicited user feedback. In the second project, we are implementing a multi-layer control system for two simulated robot environments; evaluation has helped us alleviate the practical problem of getting other people's algorithms to work in our application.

In conjunction with the University of Massachusetts, the lessons, methods and tools discovered through these projects and others are being made available at a web repository.

Refreshments will be served immediately before the talk at 3:30pm.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)