Contact Info

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

About My Research

My primary research goal is to develop techniques for adaptive autonomous agents learning on streams of data. My research focus to acheive 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.

My Group

My group

Farzane Aminmansour (MSc)
James Bell (MSc)
Wesley Chung (MSc)
Ehsan Imani (MSc)
Andrew Jacobsen (MSc)
Taher Jaferjee (MSc)
Raksha Kumaraswamy (PhD)
Lei Le (PhD)
Sungsu Lim (MSc)
Vincent Liu (MSc)
Somjit Nath (MSc)
Yangchen Pan (PhD)
Andrew Patterson (MSc)
Matthew Schlegel (PhD)
Han Wang (MSc)
Niko Yasui (MSc)
Muhammad Zaheer (MSc)
Ajin George Joseph (Post Doc)
Omid Namaki (Research Associate)

About Me

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