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Maastricht to test limits of intelligence in gaming industry

A leading conference on computational intelligence will be held in Maastricht next year

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A leading conference on computational intelligence and gaming will be held in Maastricht next year

The Dutch city has secured the IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games, which is expected to attract 150 experts from the world of academia and business.

The event, organised by the Department of Data Science & Knowledge Engineering of Maastricht University, will take place 14-17 August, at the School of Business and Economics.

It will be the first time the annual conference, which began in 2005, has been held in the Netherlands. Other countries to have hosted the event are: UK, USA, Hawaii, Australia, Italy, Denmark, South Korea, Spain, Canada, Germany, Taiwan, and Greece.

IEEE CIG is one of the major international conferences in this field, convening leading researchers and developers to exchange the latest developments and launch future research guidelines.

Computer games can be used as a challenging environment to test and compare methods for artificial intelligence, as they have all kinds of dynamic elements that also occur in decision making in the real world, and this will be the main theme of the event.

Chairman of the organising committee, Mark Winands, associate professor at Maastricht University, said: “Maastricht is a historic city, with a rich cultural heritage. It is a great location for the CIG conference, with excellent conference facilities located in and around the university campus.

“The proposed conference venue is the former Jesuit Monastery and the School of Business and Economics, within walking distance of the train station and close to various hotels. “

John Aarts, alderman for Economic Affairs, Mobility and Finance of the city of Maastricht, is delighted with the coming of the conference: "Leading international congresses such as IEEE are of great importance to Maastricht. The economic benefits for the city are considerable. In addition, the congresses provide knowledge development and contribute significantly to the renown of Maastricht as a university and knowledge city. "



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