Dr Damien Anderson

Research Associate

Computer and Information Sciences

Personal statement

I have been a student at the University of Strathclyde's CIS department since 2011 as an Undergraduate and during my PhD. I am now working as a full-time researcher with the CIS department on Autonomous Systems, in collaboration with Rakuten and other partners.

My research interests lie in the areas of Video Games, AI, Autonomous Systems, Gamification, General Video Game Playing and many more. 

Video Games offer a fantastic research platform from which innovations in other fields can be implemented. The wide variety of environments and perspectives available provides AI researchers with a plethora of options for experimentation. It is my hope that the research that I conduct can be used to make the lives of people easier, freeing up their time to do more of what they want.

I am an advocate for improving education through the use of games, and game like mechanisms, through a process known as Gamification where education takes on many common aspects of games. The goal of this process is to make education less of a chore and more of a rewarding and enrichening experience that can be taken on by anyone. The guiding philosophy is to focus and reward the process of building up a person's knowledge, and building up more of a resistance to failure. Video Games offer the ability to restart any challenge, which may be helpful in teaching people to be more resilient in their day to day lives. Failure is often the first step to success.



Towards evolution-based autonomy in large-scale systems
Anderson Damien, Harvey Paul, Kaneta Yusaku, Papadopoulos Petros, Rodgers Philip, Roper Marc
GECCO 2022 Companion - Proceedings of the 2022 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference GECCO 2022 GECCO 2022 Companion - Proceedings of the 2022 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, pp. 1924–1925 (2022)
A continuous information gain measure to find the most discriminatory problems for AI benchmarking
Stephenson Matthew, Anderson Damien, Khalifa Ahmed, Levine John, Renz Jochen, Togelius Julian, Salge Christoph
2020 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2020 - Conference Proceedings 2020 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2020 (2020)
Conversational strategies : impact on search performance in a goal-oriented task
Dubiel Mateusz, Halvey Martin, Azzopardi Leif, Anderson Damien, Daronnat Sylvain
The Third International Workshop on Conversational Approaches to Information Retrieval (2020)
"Superstition" in the network : Deep reinforcement learning plays deceptive games
Bontrager Philip, Khalifa Ahmed, Anderson Damien, Stephenson Matthew, Salge Christoph, Togelius Julian
15th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment, AIIDE 2019, pp. 10-16 (2019)
Ensemble Decision Systems for general video game playing
Anderson Damien, Rodgers Philip, Levine John, Guerrero-Romero Cristina, Perez-Liebana Diego
IEEE Conference on Games (COG) 2019 (2019)
Ensemble decision making in real-time games
Rodgers Philip, Levine John, Anderson Damien
2018 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games (CIG) 2018 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games (2018)

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