For the past 20 years, I have been creating AI systems to simulate human behavior and language.
I recently founded Giant Otter Technologies, a company developing advanced conversational AI for chatbots, simulations, and games.
In 2013, I completed my PhD at the MIT Media Lab, with the dissertation
Collective Artificial Intelligence: Simulated Role-Playing from Crowdsourced Data.
Prior to enrolling at the Media Lab, I developed several generations of AI systems in the game industry.
As a Senior Engineer at Monolith Productions, I focused on
goal-oriented autonomous character behavior and planning, while developing award-winning AI systems for No One Lives Forever 2
(NOLF2) and F.E.A.R.
|07/16 - ||GiantOtter accepted into the Betaworks Botcamp accelerator.|
|03/15 - ||GiantOtter awarded National Science Foundation SBIR Phase II grant.|
|01/14 - ||GiantOtter awarded National Science Foundation SBIR Phase I grant.|
|09/12 - ||Keynote at IEEE Computational Intelligence & Games, Granada, Spain.|
|10/11 - ||Improviso accepted as a finalist at IndieCade 2011.|
|09/11 - ||Invited talk at ENLG 2011, Nancy, France.|
|11/10 - ||Invited talk at the Montreal International Game Summit.|
|07/10 - ||Invited talk at the AI and Fun workshop at AAAI 2010, Atlanta, GA.|
|05/10 - ||Invited talk at the Planning in Games workshop at ICAPS 2010, Toronto.|
|02/10 - ||Grant awarded by the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab for "Collective AI for Social Role-Playing Agents."|
|08/09 - ||NOLF2, F.E.A.R., and The Restaurant Game appear in Expressive Processing (MIT Press).|
|07/09 - ||Invited talk at SARA 2009, Lake Arrowhead, CA.|
|06/08 - ||Keynote at the Interactive Robot Learning workshop at RSS 2008, Zurich.|
|09/07 - ||AIGameDev.com rates F.E.A.R. the #2 Most Influential AI Game.|
|08/07 - ||NPR's Ira Flatow mentions The Restaurant Game on Science Friday.|
|12/05 - ||F.E.A.R. wins Gamespot.com's 2005 Best AI award.|
Video games where people matter? The future of emotional AI - The Guardian (October 12, 2016)
Can we commit to bots with professional benefits? - Fast Company (September 28, 2016)
Watch out - the AI bulls are running again - The Boston Globe (July 7, 2016)
AI, acting and the weird future of open-world games - Eurogamer (November 21, 2015)
Gaming bots learn from how we play - New Scientist (September 24, 2014)
MassChallenge Finalist's computer role-play boosts social skills - The Boston Herald (July 1, 2013)
Crowdsourced Online Learning Gives Robots Human Skills - New Scientist (July 26, 2011)
Collective AI: A Conversation with MITís Jeff Orkin - h+ Magazine (April 5, 2011)
A Video Game Helps Artificial Intelligences Learn to Learn - Popular Science (July 30, 2009)
Games That Design Themselves - h+ Magazine (July 27, 2009)
Bots Get Smart - IEEE Spectrum (December 2008)
Intelligent Design: Where is AI going? (part 1 & part 5) - Three Speech (November 2008)
Turning Dumb Dialogue into Intelligent Conversation - The Guardian (October 30, 2008)
Toward More Human Video Game Characters - IEEE Intelligent Systems (July/August 2008)
Game Designers Test the Limits of Artificial Intelligence - The Boston Globe (June 17, 2007)
Once More with Feeling - New Scientist (March 24, 2007)
Redfining the Power of the Gamer - The New York Times (June 7, 2005)
Super Shooters: Real Enemy AI - PC Gamer (November 2002)
Collective AI - crowdsourcing + pattern-discovery + case-based planning.
The Restaurant Game - collaborative authoring of social behavior.
Goal-Oriented Action Planning (GOAP) - real-time planning in games.
General Exams Reading List - readings about AI, storytelling, and natural language.
The AI Programmer's Bookshelf - a game AI programming book list.
The Entrepreneur's Bookshelf - a book list for founders and entrepreneurs.
| SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS|
Orkin (2013), Collective Artificial Intelligence: Simulated Role-Playing from Crowdsourced Data. PhD Thesis, MIT Media Lab.
Orkin & Roy (2012), Understanding Speech in Interactive Narratives with Crowdsourced Data. Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment Conference (AIIDE).
Orkin, Smith, Reckman & Roy (2010), Semi-Automatic Task Recognition for Interactive Narratives with EAT & RUN. Proceedings of the 3rd Intelligent Narrative Technologies Workshop (INT3).
Orkin & Roy (2009), Automatic Learning and Generation of Social Behavior from Collective Human Gameplay. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS).
Orkin & Roy (2007), The Restaurant Game: Learning Social Behavior and Language from Thousands of Players Online. Journal of Game Development, 3(1), 39-60.
Orkin (2006), Three States and a Plan: The AI of F.E.A.R. Proceedings of the Game Developer's Conference (GDC).
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Orkin (2005), Agent Architecture Considerations for Real-Time Planning in Games. Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment Conference (AIIDE).
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Orkin (2004), Symbolic Representation of Game World State: Toward Real-Time Planning in Games. Proceedings of the AAAI Workshop on Challenges in Game AI.
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F.E.A.R. (X360/PS3/PC) - Monolith Productions/VU Games, 2005
Condemned: Criminal Origins (X360/PC) - Monolith Productions/Sega, 2005
Tron 2.0 (PC) - Monolith Productions/Buena Vista, 2003
No One Lives Forever 2 (PC) - Monolith Productions/Sierra, 2002
King's Quest: Mask of Eternity (PC) - Sierra, 1998