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Stuart Jonathan Russell (born 1962) is a computer scientist known for his contributions to artificial intelligence.[5][6][3] 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.[2][7] He holds the Smith-Zadeh Chair in Engineering at Berkeley University.[8] He founded and leads the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHAI) at UC Berkeley.[9]

Stuart Russell
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Stuart Jonathan Russell

1962 (age 56–57)
Portsmouth, England
Alma materUniversity of Oxford (BA)
Stanford University (PhD)
Known forArtificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (textbook)
Scientific career
FieldsArtificial Intelligence[2][3]
ThesisAnalogical and Inductive Reasoning (1987)
Doctoral advisorMichael Genesereth[4]


Education and early lifeEdit

Stuart Russell was born in Portsmouth, England. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with first-class honours in Physics from the University of Oxford where he was an undergraduate student at 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.[10]

Career and researchEdit

After his PhD, he joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, where since 1996 he is Professor of Computer Science.[11] 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.[2][7] He is also a fellow at Wadham College, Oxford.[8] His research on the history and future of Artificial Intelligence (AI)[12] and its relation to humanity includes machine learning,[13] probabilistic reasoning, knowledge representation, planning, real-time decision making, multitarget tracking, computer vision,[14] inverse reinforcement learning,[9] and the movement to ban the manufacture and use of autonomous weapons.[15][16]

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.[17] Along with Peter Norvig, he is the author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach,[18] a textbook used by over 1300 universities in 116 countries.[19] He is on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Future of Life Institute[20] and the Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk.[21]

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.[22][23]

In 2018 he contributed an interview to the documentary Do You Trust This Computer?.[citation needed]

Awards and honoursEdit

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.[24] In 2003 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery[25] and in 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.[26] In 2005 he was awarded the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award.[27] 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.[28]


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  2. ^ a b c Stuart J. Russell publications indexed by Google Scholar  
  3. ^ a b Russell, Stuart; Hauert, Sabine; Altman, Russ; Veloso, Manuela (2015). "Robotics: Ethics of artificial intelligence". Nature. 521 (7553): 415–418. doi:10.1038/521415a. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 26017428.
  4. ^ Stuart J. Russell at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Russell, Stuart J.; Tegmark, Max; Hawking, Stephen; Wilczek, Frank (2014). "Transcending Complacency on Superintelligent Machines". HuffPost.
  7. ^ a b Stuart Russell's Entry at ORCID
  8. ^ a b "Stuart Russell". Berkeley EECS. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  9. ^ a b "UC Berkeley launches Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence". Berkeley University of California. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  10. ^ Russell, Stuart Jonathan (1987). Analogical and Inductive Reasoning (PhD thesis). Stanford University. OCLC 19777975. (subscription required)
  11. ^ "Stuart Russell's Resumé, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley". Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  12. ^ "Prof. Stuart Russell - The History & Future of Artificial Intelligence". YouTube. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Here's Why AI Can't Solve Everything". Scienceallert. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Stuart J. Russell". Berkeley EECS. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Pentagon Turns to Silicon Valley for Edge in Artificial Intelligence". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Ban on killer robots urgently needed, say scientists". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  17. ^ "UC Berkeley launches Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence".
  18. ^ Russell, Stuart J.; Norvig, Peter (2010). Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall. ISBN 9780136042594. OCLC 1041391921.
  19. ^ Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (Web page), University of California, Berkeley, 2013, retrieved 6 July 2015
  20. ^ Who We Are, Future of Life Institute, 2014, archived from the original on 7 May 2014, retrieved 7 May 2014
  21. ^ Who We Are, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, 2014, archived from the original on 18 July 2014, retrieved 1 August 2014
  22. ^ Ian Sample (13 November 2017), "Ban on killer robots urgently needed, say scientists",, The Guardian
  23. ^ Anon (14 December 2017), "Military robots are getting smaller and more capable",, The Economist
  24. ^ "International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence – Awards".
  25. ^ "ACM Fellows – ACM Award".
  26. ^ Archived 13 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  27. ^ "Professor Stuart J Russell – Award Winner". Archived from the original on 2 October 2012.
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