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Thursday, October 1 • 4:30pm - 4:45pm
Keynote: AlphaStar: How Google Infrastructure Made it Possible - Oriol Vinyals, Principal Scientist, Google DeepMind

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Games have been used for decades as an important way to test and evaluate the performance of artificial intelligence systems. As capabilities have increased, the research community has sought games with increasing complexity that capture different elements of intelligence required to solve scientific and real-world problems. In recent years, StarCraft, considered to be one of the most challenging Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games and one of the longest-played esports of all time, has emerged by consensus as a “grand challenge” for AI research.

In this talk, I will introduce our StarCraft II program AlphaStar, the first Artificial Intelligence to reach Grandmaster status without any game restrictions. The focus of the talk will be on the scale and infrastructure that made it possible, highlighting not only the research but also engineering challenges behind the project.

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Oriol Vinyals

Principal Scientist, Google DeepMind
Oriol Vinyals is a Principal Scientist at Google DeepMind, and a team lead of the Deep Learning group. His work focuses on Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Prior to joining DeepMind, Oriol was part of the Google Brain team. He holds a Ph.D. in EECS from the University of... Read More →

Thursday October 1, 2020 4:30pm - 4:45pm PDT