Richard S. Sutton

Richard S. SuttonFRS is a Canadian computer scientist. Currently, he is a distinguished research scientist at DeepMind and a professor of computing science at the University of Alberta. Sutton is considered one of the founders of modern computational reinforcement learning,[1] having several significant contributions to the field, including temporal difference learning and policy gradient methods.

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Richard S. Sutton

Nationality Canadian
Citizenship Canadian
Alma mater University of Massachusetts Amherst
Stanford University
Known for Temporal difference learning, Dyna, Options, GQ(λ)
Awards AAAI Fellow (2001)
President’s Award (INNS)(2003)
Royal Society of Canada Fellow (2016)
Scientific career
Fields Artificial Intelligence
Reinforcement Learning
Institutions University of Alberta
Thesis Temporal credit assignment in reinforcement learning (1984)
Doctoral advisor Andrew Barto
Doctoral students David Silver, Doina Precup

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Richard Sutton was born in Ohio, and grew up in Oak Brook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Sutton received his B.A. in psychology from Stanford University in 1978 before taking an M.S. (1980) and Ph.D. (1984) in computer science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst under the supervision of Andrew Barto. His doctoral dissertation, Temporal Credit Assignment in Reinforcement Learning, introduced actor-critic architectures and temporal credit assignment.[2]

In 1984, Sutton was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Massachusetts.

From 1985 to 1994, he was a principal member of technical staff in the Computer and Intelligent Systems Laboratory at GTE in Waltham, Massachusetts. In 1995, he returned to the University of Massachusetts as a senior research scientist.

From 1998 to 2002, Sutton worked at the AT&T Shannon Laboratory in Florham Park, New Jersey as principal technical staff member in the artificial intelligence department.

Since 2003, he has been a professor of computing science at the University of Alberta. He led the institution’s Reinforcement Learning and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory until 2018.

While retaining his professorship, Sutton joined Deepmind in June 2017 as a distinguished research scientist and co-founder of its new Edmonton office.[2][3]

Sutton became a Canadian citizen in 2015 and renounced his US citizenship in 2017.

Sutton is fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) since 2001.[4] In 2003 he received the President’s Award from the International Neural Network Society[5] and in 2013, the Outstanding Achievement in Research award from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.[6]

Sutton’s nomination as a AAAI fellow reads:[4]

For significant contributions to many topics in machine learning, including reinforcement learning, temporal difference techniques, and neural networks.

In 2021, Sutton was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.[7]

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