Dr. Ning Wang, a research associate professor at USC who worked on the “Virtual Human” exhibit, worked on another NSF project that began with a desire to teach AI concepts to younger audiences through a gaming platform. This ended up having more profound impacts than she initially planned. The game, ARIN-561, provides players with the opportunity to explore a strange new planet as a crash-landed astronaut. Through a well-paced tutorial and AI transfer module, players begin the game by learning about common methods used in AI called classical search algorithms by testing different possible routes to save their wayward robot friend.
Read the full story here.