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Reinforcement Learning for Efficient Cars and Tracks Design in Racing Games

Minggao Wei  (Senior AI Engineer, NetEase Games AI Lab)

Location: Room 2005, West Hall

Date: Thursday, March 24

Time: 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Programming

Format: Session

Viewing Experience: In-Person

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: No

Traditionally in a racing game, it is time-consuming for the game designers to manually verify and adjust the performance of cars on every track. This presentation introduces an AI-driven approach based on deep reinforcement learning to free the designers from boring repetitions. With this technique, the optimal racing trace for all cars can be figured out in less than an hour, making it possible to do a thorough evaluation. Besides that, the drift area, which is highly related to the track difficulty, can be visualized to help the assessment. Even without the game designers' prior knowledge, this AI system considerably reduces the game development lifetime and provides a more accurate and balanced analysis.

Takeaway

Attendees will leave with the experience of training AI in racing games through reinforcement learning and will also learn how to use such an AI to help design games.

Intended Audience

Game designers who are interested in AI techniques and care about the efficiency of game design, and developers who are interested in building such AIs.