Amii has been a key partner in establishing
Alberta as a global centre of excellence
for Machine Intelligence research.

Amii has been a key partner in establishing
Alberta as a global centre of excellence
for Machine Intelligence research.

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Amii founded as AICML (2002)

Amii is founded by Randy Goebel, Russ Greiner, Robert Holte and Jonathan Schaeffer as the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Machine Learning with the goal of building a world-class artificial intelligence and machine learning research centre at the University of Alberta.

Richard Sutton joins Amii & the University of Alberta (2003)

One of the pioneers of the field of reinforcement learning, Richard Sutton joins the Department of Computing Science thanks to a strong history of AI research and chair funding provided to the informatics Circle of Research Excellence (iCORE) by the Government of Alberta.

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Reinforcement Learning & Artificial Intelligence (RLAI) Lab launches (2003)

With funding from the Government of Alberta, Richard Sutton launches the RLAI Lab, helping to bring two more researchers to Amii and the University of Alberta: Michael Bowling and Dale Schuurmans.

Amii’s team of primary researchers continues to grow (2003-2010)

Organic growth in AI and a shift in Amii’s focus to include commercialization of AI technologies brings several new researchers to the team: Csaba Szepesvári, Osmar Zaïane, Yutaka Yasui and Patrick Pilarski.

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Csaba Szepesvári co-develops the UCT algorithm (2006)

Amii's Csaba Szepesvári co-develops the UCT algorithm, a foundational machine learning algorithm at the heart of many recent advancements in games research.

Jonathan Schaeffer solves Checkers (2007)

Named one of Science magazine’s top discoveries of 2007, a team led by Amii’s Jonathan Schaeffer produces Chinook, a Checkers-playing AI that can only ever being played to a loss or draw.

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Researchers from Amii launch the Arcade Learning Environment (2013)

A team of researchers led by Michael Bowling launch the Arcade Learning Environment (ALE), a software platform for evaluating the general competence of AI algorithms. It was instrumental in establishing the subfield of Deep Reinforcement Learning.

Yutaka Yasui wins National Thailand Innovation Award (2013)

Working as part of an interdisciplinary team, Amii's Yutaka Yasui wins the National Thailand Innovation Award for improving tuberculosis diagnosis through AI.

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First Competition on Legal Information Extraction/Entailment (COLIEE) (2014)

Supported by Amii and hosted in association with the Japanese National Institute for Informatics and the Japanese Society for AI JURISIN legal reasoning workshop, COLIEE is co-founded by Randy Goebel as a way of promoting the development of AI for applications in legal reasoning.

BLINCdev community established (2016)

A team led by Patrick Pilarski launches BLINCdev, an open source community centred around robotic technologies developed in the BLINC Lab at the University of Alberta.

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Amii welcomes four new primary researchers (2016-2018)

Amii’s team of principal investigators continues to expand, bringing on Or Sheffet, Martha White, Alona Fyshe and James Wright.

DeepStack achieves expert-level play at Heads-Up No-Limit Poker (2016)

In a study completed in December 2016 and published in Science in March 2017, a team led by Michael Bowling develop DeepStack, the first AI capable of beating professional poker players at heads-up no-limit Texas hold'em poker.

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Launch of the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy (2017)

The Government of Canada launches the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy to enhance research and recruit talent at Canada’s top sites for AI research. Amii is named one of three centres of AI excellence in Canada.

DeepMind opens 1st international lab (2017)

DeepMind opens their first-ever international research lab in Edmonton in close collaboration with the University of Alberta and led by Amii’s Richard Sutton, Michael Bowling and Patrick Pilarski.