Jonathan Schaeffer Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer

Jonathan Schaeffer is a professor in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta and the former Dean of Science. His research is in the area of artificial intelligence. His checkers-playing program Chinook was the first computer to win a human world championship (1994), a feat recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records. He is co-founder of the University of Alberta not-for-profit spin-off company Onlea ( that creates engaging online learning experiences.

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