Hello users of the internet!
Welcome to my new blog about artificial intelligence and programming in general.
I am writing this post to introduce myself and to introduce my blog. In this post I will address four points: who I am, why I am blogging, what I will be blogging about, and how you can leave me feedback.
Who am I?
At the time of writing this post, I am a student who is trying to get a master's degree in technical artificial intelligence. I am busy with my final project and writing my thesis, but I have enough time to do some programming in my spare time. And I hope I can post a blog post at least once a month, but we will see.
My name is Pieterjan van Gastel, I am male, 23 years old, and from the Netherlands. I have a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and minored in game design. And now I am working in the robotics lab of Eindhoven University of Technology.
Activities I enjoy doing when I am not working are: programming, drawing (I also draw comics), playing electric guitar, playing video games, writing, skateboarding, and snowboarding.
I am interested in artificial intelligence, robotics, automation, game design and technology, and augmented reality. And I want to continue to specialize myself in those fields.
Why am I blogging?
I am blogging to showcase my programming work to the world, and also because I think it will be a fun and interesting experience.
I am always searching to innovate, thinking of new ways to use artificial intelligence in a practical way. Maybe some of the work I present here will be very useful to some people, especially those with an interest in artificial intelligence. There are still many possibilities and opportunities in AI, and a lot of it is still undiscovered. It makes working with AI even more exciting, don't you agree?
I will try to document my work as clearly as possible, so that people can also learn more easily from it. I think my work is more useful if I can share it with a wide audience.
What will I be blogging about?
I will blog about whatever code I am developing. I am currently working on a personal project in which I want to make an easy-to-use hierarchical task network (HTN) planner for use in video games, but it is a lot more generic than that and it can be used for just about any planning problem.
So, I will concentrate mostly on code, on programming. My current focus lies on artificial intelligence, but probably not every post will be about that, some will be about (less intelligent, or general) software development. And perhaps not every post will be about programming, I think I might also write some posts in the future that are more theoretical, but we will see.
If you want to know more about planning, I would suggest to get a copy of Automated Planning: Theory & Practice by Ghallab, Traverso and Nau. But there is also a lot of basic information on Wikipedia.
How can you leave me feedback?
Well, for starters, you can leave a comment on my post below. However, there are other ways to contact me, for example, you can also email me (look for the contact button on the right of my blog). And, you can also find me on twitter (see the links box on my blog).
I encourage comments and feedback on my blog and I will try to reply to any email as soon as possible.
I look forward to blogging about the progress on my programming projects.