Past Events

This page has all of our videos, but we have specific pages with additional commentary for events for video series; other videos are here:

For other videos, see below!

Our system made its debut at HSNCT in 2015.

We then played against Ken Jennings at the University of Washington later that year.

We then took on another team of top quiz bowlers at HSNCT 2016.

Later that year, we organized a community-wide competition and one of the best high school teams faced off against the winner of a computer quiz bowl competition, OUSIA.

We then returned to HSNCT to face off again against a team of top quiz bowlers.

We organized a competition at NIPS 2017 which was again won by OUSIA.

In June of 2018, in collaboration with OUSIA, we created a competition so that people could craft questions specifically designed to stump computers. Writers crafted questions that stumped our system, QANTA, and then played against OUSIA, a different, stronger system. Read the preprint for more information.

At the end of the year, we hosted a competition at the University of Maryland with a bracket full of human and computer teams. The human teams prevailed over their mechanical counterparts in the first round, and Team "Rage Against the Machine" claimed first place after subsequent rounds. Full results can be found here: Human-Computer Question Answering Competition Results, and you can watch a video series below.

While not as high-powered as the other systems here, UMD undergrad students took on Jeopardy! All-Stars May 2019.

In 2020, we created a competition that evaluated how efficiently computer systems could answer questions and pit them against top trivia experts.

In 2021, students from my CMSC 470 class again took on top trivia whizzes, this time with a GPT-based system.