Cybera board member Jonathan Schaeffer featured in The Economist

A July 8th special report on gambling in The Economist examined one of the most up and coming poker players of the century, and advised readers to '€œbet on the bot.'€ This player, named Polaris, is in fact a computer program designed by the University of Alberta'€™s Computer Poker Research Group (CPRG), of which Computing Sciences professor and Cybera Board Member Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer is a contributor.
 
Dr. Schaeffer'€™s research into how to crack games of chance, made a huge breakthrough in 2007, when his research team published an article in Science magazine with the bold title '€œCheckers Is Solved.'€ Using a computer program to crunch through the 500 billion possible positions on a checkerboard, Dr. Schaeffer and his colleagues proved that computer programs could indeed beat their human opponents in games of strategy and chance.
 
Read The Economist article Bet on the Bot.