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Sam Ganzfried

Assistant Professor


Sam Ganzfried received a PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015 for his dissertation “Computing Strong Game-Theoretic Strategies and Exploiting Suboptimal Opponents in Large Games'” and holds an A.B. in math from Harvard University. His research interests include artificial intelligence, game theory, multiagent systems, multiagent learning, large-scale optimization, large-scale data analysis and analytics, and knowledge representation. He created two-player no-limit Texas hold ‘em agent Claudico that competed in the inaugural 2015 Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence competition against the strongest human specialists in the world (it lost by an amount that was not statistically significant at the 95% confidence level). He also created two-player no-limit Texas hold ‘em agent Tartanian7 that won the 2014 Annual Computer Poker Competition, beating each opposing agent with statistical significance. He organized the AAAI Workshop on Computer Poker and Imperfect Information in 2014 and 2015, and the first tutorial on Computer Poker at the 2016 Conference on Economics and Computation.

Research and Educational Interests

Artificial Intelligence, Game Theory, Multiagent Systems, Multiagent Learning, Large-scale Optimization, Large-scale Data Analysis and Analytics, Knowledge Representation

Background Education

2015 Ph.D., Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
2005 A.B., Mathematics, Harvard University