This is the home page of Jonathan Schaeffer, Professor in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta. Currently I am the Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta.

I have a (sporadically updated) blog about my life in academia. Check it out here.

My research area is artificial intelligence (AI). I am
best known for my work applying AI technology to
the problem of building high performance game-playing programs, as well as tackling the challenges
of the commercial computer games industry.

I am the author of the checkers-playing program Chinook, the first computer program to win a human world championship. In 2007 we announced that the game had been solved: perfect play by both sides leads to a draw.

New book coming November 5!

Man vs Machine: Challenging Human Supremacy at Chess