Published: April 14, 2021
Oriol Vinyals, Research Scientist, Google DeepMind

AlphaStar: Grandmaster level in StarCraft II using multi-agent reinforcement learning

 Games have been used for decades as an important way to test and evaluate the performance of artificial intelligence systems. As capabilities have increased, the research community has sought games with increasing complexity that capture different elements of intelligence required to solve scientific and real-world problems. In recent years, StarCraft, considered to be one of the most challenging Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games and one of the longest-played esports of all time, has emerged by consensus as a “grand challenge” for AI research.

In this talk, I will introduce our StarCraft II program AlphaStar, the first Artificial Intelligence to reach Grandmaster status without any game restrictions. The focus will be on the technical contributions which made possible this milestone in AI.