Brief Biography

Richard S. Sutton is research scientist at Keen Technologies, professor in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta, chief scientific advisor of the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), and fellow of the Royal Society of London, the Royal Society of Canada, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Amii, and CIFAR. He received a PhD in computer science from the University of Massachusetts in 1984 and a BA in psychology from Stanford University in 1978. Prior to joining the University of Alberta in 2003, he worked in industry at AT&T Labs and GTE Labs, and in academia at the University of Massachusetts. He helped found DeepMind Alberta in 2017 and worked there until its dissolution in 2023. At the University of Alberta, Sutton founded the Reinforcement Learning and Artificial Intelligence Lab, which now consists of ten principal investigators and about 100 people altogether. Sutton is co-author of the textbook Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction, and his scientific publications have been cited more than 140,000 times. He is also a libertarian, a chess player, and a cancer survivor.