Human-Computer Quiz Bowl Match

NAQT is pleased that its 2015 High School National Championship Tournament will showcase the first quiz bowl match in which a computer goes thumb-to-thumb against a team of humans.

On Saturday evening, a team of researchers will debut its computerized question-answering system (QANTA) in a tossup-only competition against four NAQT staffers. Unlike other question answering systems that are allowed to see the entire question at once (e.g., IBM Watson of Jeopardy! fame), this system decides when it has enough information to answer a question and is thus able to handle quiz bowl-style tossup questions.

Prior to the exhibition game, Jordan Boyd-Graber and his colleagues from the University of Colorado and the University of Maryland will describe the state-of-the-art machine learning research that went into the system and how interested students can get involved by using and improving the open-source system. Jordan is himself a former quiz bowl player for Caltech and Princeton.

The talk will start at 8:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom sections D–H with the exhibition game to follow. Admission is free.

Humanity's champions will be Colby Burnett, Ben Ingram, Alex Jacob, and Kristin Sausville.

Some technical papers on the system: