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Deep Reinforcement Learning for Games

With over two billion players in the world, AI is poised to transform the landscape of gaming experiences and the games industry itself. Microsoft’s vision for gaming is a world where players are empowered to play the games they want, with the people they want, whenever they want, where-ever they are, and on any device. As part of the Machine Intelligence theme, and in close collaboration with the Xbox Gaming division, we drive towards this transformation through world-leading deep reinforcement learning research.

Projects

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Project Malmo

Our research on multi-agent learning aims to develop intelligent agents that can collaborate with people, in applications ranging from video games to assistive technology. As we endeavour to unravel the principles of multi-agent learning and collaboration, our research is facilitated by the Project Malmo, our open-source experimentation platform built on the game Minecraft.

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Project Paidia

The focus of Project Paidia is to drive state of the art research in reinforcement learning to enable novel applications in modern video games, in particular: agents that learn to collaborate with human players.

People

People

Team

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Richard Banks

Principal Design Manager

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Dave Bignell

RSDE II

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Micah Carroll

Research Intern

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Sam Devlin

Principal Researcher

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Raluca Georgescu

Research Software Engineer II

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Katja Hofmann

Senior Principal Researcher

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Guy Leroy

Associate Researcher

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Stephanie Milani

Research Intern

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Tom Minka

Senior Principal Researcher

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Jaroslaw Rzepecki

Senior Research Software Engineer

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Mingfei Sun

Researcher

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Panagiotis Tigkas

Research Intern

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Jonathan Tims

Engineer

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Yordan Zaykov

Principal Research Engineering Manager

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Evelyn Zuniga

Associate Researcher/Technical Program Manager

Alumni

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Ron Amit

Research Intern

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Batu Aytemiz

PhD Student

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Jacob Beck

Research Intern

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Vincent Fortuin

Research Intern

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Raluca Gaina

Research Intern

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Christian Guckelsberger

Research Intern

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Jayesh Gupta

Research Intern

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Maximilian Igl

Research Intern

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Oliver Kilian

Research Engineer

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Andre Kramer

Research Engineer

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Nate Kushman

Senior Researcher

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Xiaoyu Lu

Research Intern

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Yuxiang Li

Research Intern

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Robyn McMillan

Research Intern

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Ben Nicholson

Research Engineer

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Adrian O'Grady

Principal Research Engineer

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Nadzeya Paleyes

Research Program Manager

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Roberta Raileanu

Research Intern

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Tabish Rashid

Research Intern

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Dino Ratcliffe

Research Intern

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Caroline Rizzi Raymundo

Research Intern

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David Robertson

Research Intern

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David Sweeney

Senior Designer

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Aristide Tossou

Research Intern

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Sebastian Tschiatschek

Senior Researcher

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Quan Vuong

Research Intern

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Haiyan Zhang

Chief of Staff, Xbox

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Luisa Zintgraf

Research Intern