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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 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

Farzane Aminmansour (MSc)
Kirby Banman(MSc)
Alan Chan (MSc)
Maryam Hashemzadeh (MSc)
Ehsan Imani (PhD)
Andrew Jacobsen (PhD)
Khurram Javed (MSc)
Raksha Kumaraswamy (PhD)
Sungsu Lim (PhD)
Vincent Liu (PhD)
Yangchen Pan (PhD)
Andrew Patterson (MSc)
Matthew Schlegel (PhD)
Sam Sokota (MSc)
Han Wang (MSc)
Niko Yasui (MSc)
Muhammad Zaheer (MSc)
Yash Satsangi (Post Doc)


James Bell (MSc, 2019)
Wesley Chung (MSc, 2019, now PhD at McGill)
Ehsan Imani (MSc, 2019, now PhD at UofA)
Andrew Jacobsen (MSc, 2019, now PhD at UofA)
Taher Jaferjee (MSc, 2019)
Lei Le (PhD, now an Applied Scientist at Amazon)
Sungsu Lim (MSc, 2019, now PhD at UofA)
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, Assistant Professor at IIT Tirupati)
Omid Namaki (Research Associate, 2017-2019, Researcher at Amii)

About Me

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