Board Game Students Challenge

Each year, since 2014, as part of the course of Foundaments of Artificial Intelligence M, groups of students are invited to design a little prototype of an Artificial Intelligence able to play board games



  • 2019: Tablut
  • 2015-2018: Nine Men's Morris. Information regarding this challenge are available in the specific page.
  • 2014: a part of Nine Men's Morris (first phase)



This experience has led to:

  • New knowledge acquisition: autonomous study of AI techniques not taught during the course (Genetic Algorithms, Neuroevolution, Negamax, NegaScout, BNS)
  • Knowledge consolidation and motivation improvement: students declare themselves as more motivated by the challenge, and that it has helped them to learn the course concepts
  • Course exam performance improvement: at average, better final marks and smaller percentage of exam failure



The results of the research conducted from 2015 to 2017 have been presented at the XVIth International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence: