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Marc Ponsen(B.Sc.)A thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirementsfor the degree of Master of ScienceDelft, 2004Faculty of Media & Knowledge EngineeringDelft University of TechnologyThesis Committee:Prof. Dr. Drs. L.J.M. RohtkrantzProf. Dr. H. Koppelaar Ir.P.H.M. Spronck
Bless all forms of intelligence 
I have been a ‘gamer’ my whole life. I started playing computer games on an Atariconsole when I was just three years old and I am still playing. If it is true that we don'tstop playing because we grow old, but we grow old because we stop playing, then Ihope I never grow old.The concept of artificial intelligence has fascinated me for quite some time.Movies such as ‘the Matrix’ and ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ have always sparkled myimagination. My interest grew when I was first introduced to ‘academic artificialintelligence’ during my studies at Delft University of Technology.In my search for a graduation assignment, I was very fortunate that I was able tocombine games and artificial intelligence. My thesis is called: “Improving AdaptiveGame AI with Evolutionary Learning”. It addresses the application of both adaptivegame artificial intelligence and evolutionary learning techniques in computer games.I would like to thank all the people at the Institute of Knowledge and AgentTechnology (IKAT) in Maastricht for providing me with the tools and guidance tocomplete my master thesis. I especially would like to thank my supervisor, Pieter Spronck for his support and inspiration. Thank you for sacrificing at least a dozen redpens! I would also like to thank the people at Delft University of Technology. Thankyou for introducing me to ‘academic artificial intelligence’ and paving the way for myfuture career. Special thanks goes to my graduation coordinator Leon Rothkrantz.Furthermore, I would like to thank David Aha for his insightful and lengthilycomments on my thesis. Also, much appreciation goes out to the Stratagusdevelopment team for their programming support. Last but certainly not least, I wouldlike to express my gratitude to my family and friends for their devotion, support andpatience.Marc Ponsen 2004

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