The EphemeCH team has the pleasure to congratulate Dr. Mariela Nogueira Collazo for successfully completing her doctoral examination process, under the supervision of Antonio J. Fernández and Carlos Cotta. The Phd Viva was held on 7 July 2017 in the premises of the ETSI Informática of the University of Málaga, and the PhD Committe was composed by Prof. Pedro González Calero (Chair), Dr. Antonio Nebro Urbaneja (Secretary), and Dr. Antonio Mora García. After an 1-hour presentation by the doctoral candidate and a full round of questions from all members of the committee, these decided to award the maximum grade to Mariela’s doctoral dissertation.
The PhD Thesis (in Spanish) was entitled “Competitive Coevolutionary Algorithms for Artificial Intelligence Programming in Videogames” and provides an approach for self-learning AI behaviors in RTS games by alternating evolution phases for the two opposing players in the game. Even more so, the thesis also tackles the simultaneous optimization of both game contents (i.e., maps) and the AI behavior, in order to attain robust bots capable of performing in an ample variety of scenarios.