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October News

Posted on 3 November 2016

Award Winning Intelligence

Sam Devlin, Anastasija Anspoka, Nick Sephton and Peter Cowling, from DC Labs and Computer Science, received the Best Paper Prize at AIIDE'16 in San Francisco in October.

Sam said: “Our recent paper, in collaboration with ‘AI Factory’; one of our commercial game partners, won the best paper award at the 12th annual AAAI conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment. In previous work with the company we helped to deploy a novel AI to control the non-player characters in the game.

“After deployment we analysed 27,592 games and noticed significant differences in the play styles of the AI and human players. Based on these observations and the data provided by the company, we developed an alternative agent biased towards human gameplay data that has both an equivalent playing strength to the AI in the game and a more human-like playstyle.”

The paper can be viewed online at:

10 year Most Influential Paper

Posted on 3 November 2016

Congratulations to Dimitris Kolovos, Richard Paige and Fiona Polack.

Congratulations to Dimitris Kolovos, Richard Paige and Fiona Polack, who were awarded the "10 Year Most Influential Paper" Prize at the ACM/IEEE 19th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MoDELS'16). 

The prize was awarded for their work published at MoDELS'06, entitled "Merging Models with the Epsilon Merging Language". This paper was determined to be, by the MoDELS Steering Committee, to have had the greatest impact on the community of all papers published at MoDELS'06, as evidenced by citations and funded projects building on the work.

Quantum PhD Studentship

Posted on 29 November 2016

A PhD studentship, supported by EPSRC funding through York, is available to work on high-rate quantum communications, based at the Department of Computer Science, University of York.

This PhD studentship is aimed at exploring the ultimate limits of quantum communications and quantum cryptography with or without the use of quantum repeaters, which may be trusted or untrusted. Research will be focused on determining the secret key capacity of some of the most relevant quantum channels as well as designing practical high-rate protocols that are able to approximate such ultimate performances. The work may also involve the analysis and numerical simulation of a high-rate secure quantum network. Background in quantum information and/or quantum optics is advised.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 31 August 2017

Further details and online application

Notes to editors:

This PhD project, funded by EPSRC, is available to start no later than October 2017 (sooner start is possible if a suitable candidate is found). Please contact Professor Stefano Pirandola ( for further information about this specific PhD project.