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Computer Science Research Video

Megan Knauss, a computer science and mathematics double major, completed a Mellon Grant research project with her advisor, Associate Professor of Computer Science Todd Neller.

Megan computed end-game strategies for the Ican dice game "dudo," featured in Pirates of the Caribbean II. Professor Neller's own reserch focuses largely on artificial intelligence as it applies to game and puzzle design and analysis.

In a course with Professor Neller her first year at Gettysburg, Megan was inspired to combine her interests in mathematics and computer science. This research project was a great combination of her two interests and allowed her to work one-on-one with Professor Neller during last summer. This summer, Megan had an internship to help her determine whether graduate school or going into industry is the best match.

After playing many rounds of dudo, Megan commented "We actually are pretty equal players. Since it's a bluffing dice game, I have the chance to change the way that I play either in bluffing more or bluffing less or a different kind of bluffing and try to trick him up."

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