JONATHAN SCHAEFFER| Founding Member @ Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute & Professor/Dean of Science @ University of Alberta | Edmonton, CAN
Jonathan Schaeffer is the University of Alberta’s Dean of Science and a professor in the Department of Computing Science. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). In 2001, Schaeffer and three fellow professors birthed the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), and its four founders still guide it today. U of A has been one of the most productive research groups in the world, second only to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and ahead of places like Stanford and MIT.
Dr. Schaeffer is world-renowned for his work in applying artificial intelligence and parallel computing techniques to computer game playing. He was the author of the checkers-playing program Chinook, which has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the first computer program to win a human world championship in any game. In 2007, it was announced that he and his colleagues had solved the game of checkers, making it the largest game to be solved to date. Dr. Schaeffer received his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and holds both an M.Math. degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo.