Project Title: Increasing the Adaptability of Evolved Neural Networks: Improving the NEAT Algorithm Using Video Games as Performance Metrics
BASIS Advisor: Matthew Linhares
Internship Location: Purple Interactive
Onsite Mentor: Jagdish Bansiya, Co-founder and CEO
Modern computers are millions of times faster and more efficient than the human mind. Unfortunately, their usefulness is limited by the fact that they can't 'learn' in the way that our organic brains can. To overcome this shortcoming, computer scientists are taking leaves out of nature's book, designing algorithms that mimic biological processes and take advantage of their unique strengths. One such algorithm, dubbed NEAT, does so by evolves neural nets (abstractions that mirror biological brain structure), under conditions similar to those in which the human brain evolved.