May: looking forward to the upcoming
Future of Go Summit,
including the match AlphaGo against Ke Jie.
Apr 24: Congratulations Chao and Gaojian on your IJCAI papers!!!
Chao's paper, with Ryan Hayward, is titled
"Focused Depth-first Proof Number Search using Convolutional Neural Networks
for the Game of Hex".
Gaojian's paper, with Rob Holte, is
"Additive Merge-and-Shrink Heuristics for Diverse Action Costs".
Apr: the very busy term is finally over!
Mar/Apr: Reviewing for ICAPS and IJCAI.
Feb: Busy teaching 496 and 655.
Feb: Working on some IJCAI submissions.
Jan: Busy teaching 496 and 655.
Jan 26: Gaojian's ICAPS paper accepted! Congratulations!
Jan 2017: AlphaGo, playing under the handles magist and master,
beats all human opponents in fast games on two internet Go servers.
November/December: Still working on Cmput 496 development. Over 90 students registered! Twice as large as any existing 4th year course.
November/December: Guest teaching in 204, 366, and 609.
October: NSERC DG and RTI crunch time. Lots of files to review.
October: We're hiring in
(1) Natural Language Processing, (2) Systems Security, (3) Green and Sustainable Computing, (4) Robotics.
"Excellent candidates in other areas of Computing Science may also be considered."
September: Welcome Md Solimul Chowdhury! Solimul comes back from industry as a PhD student.
I co-supervise him together with
Jia You, who was Solimul's MSc supervisor.
September: Working on Cmput 496 development.
Aug 30: Chenjun passed his MSc exam today. Congratulations! He will stay here as a PhD student.
June/July: visiting DeepMind and attending ICAPS in London, then visiting family in Austria.
Jan 27: Huge Computer Go news today. In a paper
published in Nature,
a group at Google Deepmind led by
our PhD graduate David Silver and our former Postdoc Aja Huang describe
AlphaGo, the first
Professional Level Go Program!!! Congratulations!!!
Jan 4: Winter 2016 term starts. I am teaching Cmput 204 and 325.