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KIAST to Hold World’s First ‘AI World Cup’
  • By Youn Won-chang
  • August 16, 2018, 11:36
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The 2018 International AI World Cup Match” will be held for four days from August 20 to 22 at the KAIST main campus in Daejeon.
"The 2018 International AI World Cup Match” will be held for four days from August 20 to 22 at the KAIST main campus in Daejeon.

The world’s first “AI World Cup,” where players use AI technology to utilize their soccer skills and compete with each other, will be held Aug. 20-22 in South Korea.

On August 15, KAIST announced that it is holding the “2018 International AI World Cup Match” for three days from August 20 at the KAIST main campus in Daejeon.

A total of 29 teams from 12 countries around the world are participating, including Google, MIT, Northwestern University, Seoul National University, and KAIST, who each owns the latest AI technology. Game events consist of AI soccer (23 teams), AI game commentary (four teams) and AI reporter (two teams).

In the AI soccer game, 5 AI players who have learned soccer tactics play the first and second half of the game, which are five minutes each, without human control, and try to score a goal.

The qualifying round is run in a tournament format and the final winning team is rewarded ten thousand dollars, while the second and third place team each takes 500 and 2000 dollars.

In the AI game commentary event, AI players analyze and explain an AI soccer game, and the winning team is selected based on the use of accurate expressions for players’ movements, game forecasting comments using the number of shooting of each player, etc.

In the AI reporter event, AI players write news reports based on the AI soccer game play and the AI game commentaries, and the team that wrote an honest and informative article based on truth will win.

On August 22, KAIST plans to have a time to introduce methods used by developers to create this AI game, developmental procedures, and game strategies.

Also during the match, “International AI Workshop” will open, where world-renowned AI experts, like Oliver Mitchell, CEO of a Swiss robot simulator maker, Cyberbotics, and Professor Eric Matson from Purdue University, will give lectures and hold panel discussion.