Stuart Russell received his BA with first-class honours in Physics from Oxford in 1982, his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford in 1986, and then joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Professor (and former Chair) of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and holds the Smith--Zadeh Chair in Engineering. He is a fellow of AAAI, ACM, and AAAS; winner of the Computers and Thought Award and the Outstanding Educator Award from both ACM and AAAI; and holder from 2012 to 2014 of the Chaire Blaise Pascal and ANR senior Chaire d'excellence in Paris. In 2019 he was selected as an Andrew Carnegie Senior Fellow. His book "Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach" (with Peter Norvig) is the standard text in AI; it has been translated into 14 languages and is used in over 1400 universities in 128 countries. His research covers many areas of artificial intelligence, with a particular focus on machine learning, probabilistic modeling and inference, theoretical foundations of rationality, and planning under uncertainty. He also works for the United Nations, developing a new global seismic monitoring system for the nuclear-test-ban treaty. His current concerns include the threat of autonomous weapons and the long-term future of artificial intelligence and its relation to humanity. His book on the latter topic, Human Compatible, was excerpted in the New York Times and listed among Best Books of 2019 by the Guardian, Forbes, the Daily Telegraph, and the Financial Times.
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UC Berkeley artificial intelligence (AI) expert Stuart Russell will lead a new Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence, launched this week.