Robert Holte, PhD

Contact

Faculty of Science - Deans Office
Email
robert.holte@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

Education

  • B.Sc., Computer Science, University of Manitoba, 1977
  • M.Sc., Computer Science, University of Manitoba, 1980
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Brunel University (UK), 1988

Research

Areas

Artificial Intelligence
Computer Games

Interests

Artificial intelligence for the game of curling, heuristic (single-agent) search.

Summary

My research on heuristic search investigates automatic techniques for speeding up search, such as the automatic creation of search heuristics and the compilation of search problem definitions into highly efficient C code. My research on A.I. for curling focuses primarily on the strategic aspect of the game. As in any game, A.I. should be able to make shot selections that maximize the probability of winning the game. Technically, the main challenge in curling is that its state and action spaces are continuous.