Contact Info

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

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 (Research Associate)
Kirby Banman (MSc)
Shivam Garg (MSc, co-supervised Rupam Mahmood)
Dhawal Gupta (MSc)
Maryam Hashemzadeh (MSc, co-supervised Alona Fyshe)
Ehsan Imani (PhD)
Andrew Jacobsen (PhD, co-supervised Adam White)
Khurram Javed (MSc)
Raksha Kumaraswamy (PhD)
Vincent Liu (PhD)
Yangchen Pan (PhD, co-supervised Amir massoud Farahmand)
Andrew Patterson (MSc)
Matthew Schlegel (PhD)
Han Wang (PhD, co-supervised with Adam White)


Zaheer Abbas (MSc 2018-2020, now a Research Engineer at DeepMind)
Farzane Aminmansour (MSc, 2019, now Research Associate at UofA)
James Bell (MSc, 2019, now Research Associate at UofA)
Alan Chan (MSc 2018-2020, now PhD at McGill)
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 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.