Cris’ research project title is “Beyond Playing to Win: Broadening the Study and Use of General Agents”.
A significant part of Game AI research actively explores and advances the play strength of general agents, which are able to play video games without having specific knowledge about them, leading to the existence of a wide range of general algorithms. My work proposes to take advantage of the progress in this area and broaden the research of GVGP beyond playing games with the objective of winning at them. I am focusing on three approaches: 1) diversifying their goals and heuristics; 2) taking advantage of the distinct behaviours given by them so they can be used to facilitate the automatization of testing techniques; and 3) analysing their strengths from a Player Experience perspective instead of their performance.
Cris is a Spaniard in love with London, where she’s been living since 2013. She studied a BE in Computer and Software Engineering at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) and worked as a web developer for a couple of years before taking the decision of changing to the world of AI and games. During the PhD she has done a six months internship at Google. She is based at Queen Mary University of London and her research interests include AI, heuristics and agents (and user/player) behaviour.
She tries to keep active outside the sedentary PhD life, mostly walking around the city and attempting different sports. Random facts are that one of her favourite games is Portal and her chosen superpower would be teleportation.