Jeff Orkin is a game developer, AI researcher, and PhD candidate in the Cognitive Machines Group at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on Collective Artificial Intelligence – a combination of crowd-sourcing, data-mining, and case-based planning designed to empower non-experts to author socially rich digital actors who can play roles in games, simulations, and virtual worlds. These socially intelligent characters are capable of communication and co-operation with humans and other characters. Prior to enrolling at the Media Lab, Jeff developed several generations of AI systems in the game industry. As a Senior Engineer at Monolith Productions, Jeff focused on goal-oriented autonomous character behavior and planning, while developing AI systems for No One Lives Forever 2 (NOLF2) and F.E.A.R. For more info, see: