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Associate Professor
Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta
Member of RLAI and PI of AMII
Office: ATH 3-05
Email: whitem at
Curriculum Vitae
Bio and Photo

About My Research

My primary research goal is to develop techniques for adaptive autonomous agents learning on streams of data. My research focus to achieve this goal is on reinforcement learning and representation learning. In particular, I care about efficient, practical algorithms that enable learning from large amounts of data.

So far, I have focused on principled optimization approaches for representation learning, particularly looking at sparse representations and recurrent architectures for partially observable domains. I have also been working on off-policy reinforcement learning, which enables learning about many different policies in parallel from a single stream of interaction with the environment. My life goal is to make advances in representation learning for reinforcement learning, which I believe is the one of the biggest scientific hurdles for AI and autonomous agents.

See here for a list of relevant presentations.

My Group

My group 2019 My group 2020

Farzane Aminmansour (PhD)
Kirby Banman (Research Associate)
Shivam Garg (MSc, co-supervised Rupam Mahmood)
Gabor Mihucz (MSc)
Ehsan Imani (PhD)
Andrew Jacobsen (PhD, co-supervised Adam White)
Khurram Javed (MSc)
Raksha Kumaraswamy (PhD)
Vincent Liu (PhD)
Chunlok Lo (MSc)
Erfan Miahi (MSc, cosupervised with Marlos Machado)
Prabhat Nagarajan (PhD)
Yangchen Pan (PhD, co-supervised Amir massoud Farahmand)
Andrew Patterson (MSc)
Matthew Schlegel (PhD)
Haseeb Shah (MSc)
Hugo Luis Silva (MSc)
Han Wang (PhD, co-supervised with Adam White)


Zaheer Abbas (MSc 2020, now a Research Engineer at DeepMind)
Farzane Aminmansour (MSc 2019, now PhD at UofA)
Kirby Banman (MSc 2021, now Research Associate at UofA)
James Bell (MSc 2019, now Research Associate at UofA and Amii)
Alan Chan (MSc 2020, now PhD at McGill)
Wesley Chung (MSc 2019, now PhD at McGill)
Dhawal Gupta (MSc 2021, now PhD at UMass)
Ehsan Imani (MSc 2019, now PhD at UofA)
Andrew Jacobsen (MSc 2019, now PhD at UofA)
Taher Jaferjee (MSc 2019, now at Huawei Technologies)
Maryam Hashemzadeh (MSc 2021, now Research Associate at UofA) <
Lei Le (PhD, now an Applied Scientist at Amazon)
Sungsu Lim (MSc, 2019, now Senior Data Scientist at Tonal)
Vincent Liu (MSc, 2019, now PhD at UofA)
Somjit Nath (MSc, 2019, now a Researcher at TCS Research and Innovation)
Ajin George Joseph (Post Doc, 2018-2019, now an Assistant Professor at IIT Tirupati)
Omid Namaki (Research Associate, 2017-2019, now a Researcher at Amii)
Yash Satsangi (Post Doc 2020, now an Assistant Professor at Tilburg University)
Sam Sokota (MSc 2018-2020, now PhD at CMU)
Han Wang (MSc 2018-2020, now PhD at UofA)
Niko Yasui (MSc 2018-2020, now PhD at UofA)

About Me

I love soccer, volleyball, snowboarding, snorkelling, outdoor activities, cooking, (board) games and, especially, reading sci-fi.