The Battlecode Programming Competition

Screen showing soldiers from competing sides, red and blue, fighting.

Battlecode teams compete against one another by programming a variety of tactics into their players on the field. (Image courtesy of the Battlecode developers. Used with permission.)


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January IAP 2013


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This course is conducted as an artificial intelligence programming contest in Java. Students work in teams to program virtual robots to play Battlecode, a real-time strategy game. Optional lectures are provided on topics and programming practices relevant to the game, and students learn and improve their programming skills experientially. The competition culminates in a live Battlecode tournament.

This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

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Maxwell Mann. 6.370 The Battlecode Programming Competition. January IAP 2013. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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