Stuart J. Russell

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Stuart Russell
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Born Stuart Jonathan Russell
1962 (age 55–56)
Portsmouth, England
Nationality English
Alma mater Wadham College, Oxford
Stanford University
Known for Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach
Scientific career
Fields Artificial Intelligence[1]
Thesis Analogical and Inductive Reasoning (1987)
Doctoral advisor Michael Genesereth[2]

Stuart Jonathan Russell (born 1962) is a computer scientist known for his contributions to artificial intelligence.[3][4] He is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley and Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.[1][5]

Education and early life[edit]

Stuart Russell was born in Portsmouth, England. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with first-class honours in Physics from Wadham College, Oxford in 1982, and his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1986 for research on inductive reasoning and analogical reasoning supervised by Michael Genesereth.[6]

Career and research[edit]

After his PhD, he joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, where since 1996 he is Professor of Computer Science.[7] He also holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, where he pursues research in computational physiology and intensive-care unit monitoring.[1][5]

In 2016, he founded the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence at UC Berkeley, with co-principal investigators Pieter Abbeel, Anca Dragan, Tom Griffiths, Bart Selman, Joseph Halpern, Michael Wellman and Satinder Singh Baveja.[8] Along with Peter Norvig, he is the author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach,[9] a textbook used by over 1300 universities in 116 countries.[10] He is on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Future of Life Institute[11] and the Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk.[12]

In 2017, he collaborated with the Future of Life Institute to produce a video, Slaughterbots, about swarms of drones assassinating political opponents, and presented this to a United Nations meeting about the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.[13][14]

In 2018 he contributed an interview to the AI documentary Do You Trust This Computer?

Awards and honours[edit]

Stuart Russell was co-winner, in 1995, of the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award at the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence, the premier international award in artificial intelligence for researchers under 35.[15] In 2003 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery[16] and in 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.[17] In 2005 he was awarded the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award.[18] In 2012, he was appointed to the Blaise Pascal Chair in Paris, awarded to "internationally acclaimed foreign scientists in all disciplines," as well as the senior Chaire d'excellence of France's Agence Nationale de la Recherche.[19]


  1. ^ a b c Stuart J. Russell publications indexed by Google Scholar
  2. ^ Stuart J. Russell at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Professor Stuart Russell – The Long-Term Future of (Artificial) Intelligence on YouTube, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge
  4. ^ Russell, Stuart J.; Tegmark, Max; Hawking, Stephen; Wilczek, Frank (2014). "Transcending Complacency on Superintelligent Machines". HuffPost. 
  5. ^ a b Stuart Russell's Entry at ORCID
  6. ^ Russell, Stuart Jonathan (2015). Analogical and Inductive Reasoning (PhD thesis). Stanford University. OCLC 19777975.  (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Stuart Russell's Resumé, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley". Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "UC Berkeley launches Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence". 
  9. ^ Russell, Stuart J.; Norvig, Peter (2010). Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall. ISBN 9780136042594. 
  10. ^ Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (Web page), University of California, Berkeley, 2013, retrieved 6 July 2015 
  11. ^ Who We Are, Future of Life Institute, 2014, archived from the original on 7 May 2014, retrieved 7 May 2014 
  12. ^ Who We Are, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, 2014, archived from the original on 18 July 2014, retrieved 1 August 2014 
  13. ^ Ian Sample (13 November 2017), "Ban on killer robots urgently needed, say scientists", The Guardian 
  14. ^ "Military robots are getting smaller and more capable", The Economist, 14 December 2017 
  15. ^ "International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence – Awards". 
  16. ^ "ACM Fellows – ACM Award". 
  17. ^ Archived 13 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ "Professor Stuart J Russell – Award Winner". Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. 
  19. ^