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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS & AGENT SUBMISSIONS: IJCAI 2013 Angry Birds AI Competition, 6-9 August 2013 , Beijing, CHINA

Angry Birds is a popular video game where players shoot birds in order 
to destroy pigs protected by complicated structures. The task of this 
competition is to develop an intelligent Angry Birds playing agent that 
is able to successfully play the game autonomously and without human 
intervention. The long term goal is to build AI agents that can play new 
levels better than the best human players. In order to successfully 
solve this challenge, participants can benefit from combining different 
areas of AI such as computer vision, knowledge representation and 
reasoning, planning, heuristic search, and machine learning. 
Successfully integrating methods from these areas is one of the great 
challenges of AI. 

Game Playing Software 

The organizers have provided a basic game playing software and a sample 
agent. Participants are free to adapt this software. The software can be 
downloaded at On this website, we also offer a 
discussion forum for participants, benchmarks and other relevant information. 


The teams of the three best agents will receive a prize as well as a 

     * First prize: USD 1500 
     * Second prize: USD 1000 
     * Third prize: USD 500 

All participants of the finals will also receive a certificate. 

Symposium on AI in Angry Birds 

During the competition, there will be an opportunity to present original 
scientific work related to the problems of developing an Angry Birds 
playing agent. Please refer to the Call for Papers at 

Man vs Machine Challenge 

On 9 August 2013, everyone is invited to compete against the best AI agents. 
The winner of this challenge, man or machine, will receive USD 500 and 
a certificate.   

Important Dates 
 * Early registration: 30 June 2013 
 * Agent submissions (qualification round): 5 August 2013 
 * Final agent submission: 8 August 2013 
 * Competition: 6-7 August (qualification), 8 August (finals) 

 * Paper submissions: 30 June 2013 
 * Acceptance notification: 14 July 2013 
 * Camera ready deadline: 28 July 2013 


     * Jochen Renz, Australian National University 
     * Stephen Gould, Australian National University 
     * XiaoYu (Gary) Ge, Australian National University 

All enquiries should be made by email to 
angrybirdscompetition at