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    Taiwan Open 2009

    Introduction to Taiwan Open 2009 *Chang-Shing Lee, *Mei-Hui Wang, **Tzung-Pei Hong, ***Guillaume Chaslot, ***Jean-Baptiste Hoock, ***Arpad Rimmel, and ***Olivier Teytaud *Dept. of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National University of Tainan, Taiwan **Dept. of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan ***TAO, Lri, Univ. P aris-Sud, Inria Saclay-IDF, UMR Cnrs 8623, Bât 490, Université Paris-Sud F91405 Orsay, France Computer Go has been developing for the past several years. In 1998, Martin Muller won despite 29 handicap stones against the computer Go "Many Faces of Go". In August 2008, the computer Go "MoGo" has won with an advantage of "only" 9 handicap stones against top-level human players in 19 9 Go-Myung-Wan Kim, won the 2008 US Open; Korean 8th Dan Pro (8P). Additionally, another computer Go "CrazyStone" won with handicaps of 8 and 7 stones against Kaori Aoba, a Japanese 4th Dan Pro (4P) in December 2008. Due to the development of the Computational Intelligence, computer Go has made considerable progress for the past 10 years. Programs are currently competitive at the professional level in 9 9 Go. To strengthen computer Go programs and advocate research, development and application of computer games' related fields, Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU), National University of Tainan (NUTN), and the Taiwanese Association for Artificial Intelligence (TAAI) hosted the "2008 Computational Intelligence Forum and World 9 9 Computer Go Championship (http://go.nutn.edu.tw/)" on September 25-27, 2008. Dr. Olivier Teytaud, one of the MoGo developers, attended this event to operate the "MoGo vs. Taiwanese Go players" games. The Go players against MoGo contained one 9-Dan professional Go player (Jun-Xun Zhou) and eight amateur Go players. Additionally, the 2008 events were widely reported by the several international mass media such as Germany, France, Korea, and China. After the 2008 World 9 9 Computer Go Championship in Taiwan, the MoGo teams enhance the opening book and the weakness in corners to further improve the performance of MoGo in 9 9 and 19 19 games. Therefore, National University of Tainan (NUTN), National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwanese Association for Artificial Intelligence (TAAI), and Institute for Information Industry (III) will host the "2009 Invited Games for MoGo vs. Taiwan Professional Go Players (Taiwan Open 2009, http://go.nutn.edu.tw/2009/) on February 10-13, 2009. The computer center of NUTN, the CREDIT center of NCKU, and the IDEAS institute of III are responsible of organizing the Taiwan Open 2009. Three professional Go players, including Jun-Xun Zhou (9P), Shih Chin (1P), and Li-Chen Chien (1P), are invited by the organizers to compete with MoGo in the Taiwan Open 2009. Additionally, several international experts on Computational Intelligence and games are also invited to serve as the International Advisory Board Members, including President of the 2009 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS), Dr. David B. Fogel (http://ieee-cis.org/about_cis/). The chair of the 2009 IEEE CIS ETTC (Emergent Technologies Technical Committee), Professor Chang-Shing Lee, plans the Taiwan Open 2009 as one of the important academic activities in 2009. Moreover, the results of the Taiwan Open 2009 will be presented at the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE 2009, http://www.fuzz-ieee2009.org/), held in Korea on August 20-24, 2009. It is hoped that the Taiwan Open 2009 will fulfill the purpose of "Digital Life and Intelligent Entertainment through playing computer Go" and make a historic milestone in development of the computer Go. Additionally, we appreciate the College of Information and Engineering of CJCU, Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering of National University of Kaohsiung, Department of Electronic Engineering of National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Information & Computer Machinery, Min-Sheng Chess Association of Tainan, and Taiwanese Association for Consumer Electronics to co-organize the Taiwan Open 2009. We also thank the Taiwan HP and Stark Technology Inc. to co-sponser the Taiwan Open 2009. Last but not least, we must deeply appreciate and thank all members of the computer center of NUTN and IDEAS of III for their carefully planning and executing all activities of the Taiwan Open 2009.
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