Document Type



Computer Science

First Advisor's Name

Tao Li

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Ana Pasztor

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Geoffry Smith

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member


General Game Playing

Date of Defense



Computer Game Playing has been an active area of research since Samuel’s first Checkers player (Samuel 1959). Recently interest beyond the classic games of Chess and Checkers has led to competitions such as the General Game Playing competition, in which players have no beforehand knowledge of the games they are to play, and the Computer Poker Competition which force players to reason about imperfect information under conditions of uncertainty. The purpose of this dissertation is to explore the area of General Game Playing both specifically and generally. On the specific side, we describe the design and implementation of our General Game Playing system OGRE. This system includes an innovative method for feature extraction that helped it to achieve second and fourth place in two international General Game Playing competitions. On the more general side, we also introduce the Regular Game Language, which goes beyond current works to provide support for both stochastic and imperfect information games as well as the more traditional games.





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