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Marcus Hutter (born April 14, 1967) is a German computer scientist. He is a professor at the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science of the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.[1] Hutter studied physics and computer science at the Technical University of Munich. In 2000 he joined Jürgen Schmidhuber's group at the Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull'Intelligenza Artificiale (Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence Research) in Manno, Switzerland.[citation needed] With others, he developed a mathematical theory of artificial general intelligence. His book Universal Artificial Intelligence: Sequential Decisions Based on Algorithmic Probability was published by Springer in 2005.[2]

Marcus Hutter
Nationality German
Known for Universal artificial intelligence
Awards IJCAI-JAIR[citation needed]
Lindley[citation needed]
Scientific career
Institutions IDSIA, ANU
Thesis Instantons in QCD (1996)
Notable students Shane Legg



In 2002 Hutter, with Jürgen Schmidhuber and Shane Legg, developed and published a mathematical theory of artificial general intelligence based on idealised intelligent agents and reward-motivated reinforcement learning.[3][4]:399

In 2005 Hutter and Legg published an intelligence test for artificial intelligence devices.[5]

Hutter PrizeEdit

In 2006, Hutter announced the Hutter Prize for Lossless Compression of Human Knowledge, with a total of €50,000 in prize money.[6]

Published worksEdit


  1. ^ Dr Marcus Hutter. The Australian National University, Canberra. Accessed December 2016.
  2. ^ Marcus Hutter (2005). Universal Artificial Intelligence: Sequential Decisions Based on Algorithmic Probability. Berlin; Heidelberg; New York: Springer. ISBN 9783540221395.
  3. ^ Marcus Hutter (2002). "The Fastest and Shortest Algorithm for All Well-Defined Problems". International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science. 13 (3): 431–443. arXiv:cs/0206022 . doi:10.1142/S0129054102001199. 
  4. ^ Bill Hibbard (2008). Adversarial Sequence Prediction. In: Pei Wang (editor) (2008). Artificial General Intelligence, 2008: Proceedings of the First AGI Conference. IOS Press. ISBN 9781586038335. Pages 399–403
  5. ^ Duncan Graham-Rowe (12 August 2005). IQ test for AI devices gets experts thinking. New Scientist.
  6. ^ Marcus Hutter. "50'000€ Prize for Compressing Human Knowledge". Retrieved 29 November 2016.