The AAAI-13 Workshop on Computer Poker and Imperfect Information is designed to be a forum where researchers studying Computer Poker and other games of imperfect information can share current research and gather ideas about how to improve the state of the art and advance AI research in these areas. The 2013 workshop is a continuation of the 2012 Computer Poker Symposium, held at AAAI 2012 in Toronto.

In recent years, poker has emerged as an important, visible challenge problem for the field of AI. Just as the development of world-class chess-playing programs was considered an important milestone in the development of intelligent computing, poker is increasingly being seen in the same way. Several important features differentiate poker from other games: the presence of imperfect information (due to hidden cards), stochastic events, and the desire to maximize utility instead of simply winning. Hence, traditional AI game-playing techniques do not apply and novel methods are required.

Topics of interest include anything related to the computer version of poker or other games of imperfect information. This includes descriptions of novel competitors or components of competitors from recent or future AAAI Annual Computer Poker Competitions, as well as research on any topics related to games of imperfect information.


The AAAI-13 Workshop on Computer Poker and Imperfect Information will take place on Sunday July 14, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Washington, USA. It will be in the Maple Room, on the third floor of the Hyatt. It will run from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm, with two coffee breaks and a lunch break. Here is a pdf of the full schedule.


The AAAI-13 Workshop on Computer Poker and Imperfect Information will consist of a series of oral presentations, followed by a poster session and discussion. The results of the 2013 AAAI Annual Computer Poker Competition will also be announced during the workshop.


Submissions will be in the form of a 2-8 page paper. Oral presentations and poster session participants will be selected from among the submissions. Submissions will go through a light review process. Accepted papers will be collected and released as a AAAI technical report. Papers should be submitted as pdfs to one of the Workshop organizers listed below. The deadline for submissions is April 12, 2013.

Discussion Session

A portion of the workshop will be dedicated to a discussion amongst participants about topics related to the AAAI Annual Computer Poker Competition. Topics discussed will include those suggested by the community. If you have a topic that you would like addressed and discussed, please email the workshop organizers. At a later date, once we have a list of topics, we will solicit position statements from workshop participants that will be shared at the workshop to help facilitate efficient and productive discussion.


If you have any questions or comments, please contact the workshop organizers:

Christopher Archibald [chris.archibald@ualberta.ca].

Michael Johanson [johanson@ualberta.ca].