Stuart J. Russell is the founder of the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence and professor of computer science at the University of California at Berkeley, adjunct professor of neurological surgery at the University of California at San Francisco and computer scientist. He earned a B.A. in physics from Wadham College at Oxford and a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University.
He is best known as the co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, which is the most popular textbook on the subject. He is an active researcher in the field, exploring the history and future of artificial intelligence, machine learning, knowledge representation, probabilistic reasoning, inverse reinforcement learning and multitarget tracking.
A vocal opponent of the creation and use of autonomous weapons such as unmanned drones, he worked with the Future of Life Institute to produce a video about drones carrying out assassinations in order to get the attention of the United Nations’ governing bodies on conventional weapons.
He has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator Award, the World Technology Award, the AAAI/EAAI Outstanding Educator Award and the Mitchell Prize. His most recent published work is Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control, which was published in 2019.
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