May 19, 2021

Alberta Innovates funded researcher named to the Royal Society

Early support of nascent technology pays dividends for researcher and the province

Richard Sutton on the left, beside Michael Bowling, and Patrick Pilarski Credit: John Ulan

We have long believed in the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and have backed this up with nearly two decades of support to Rich Sutton and to the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii).

We have provided substantial long-term funding to support Dr. Sutton’s work – $8.8 million for him to serve as iCORE/AITF Chair in Reinforcement Learning and artificial intelligence from 2003 to 2018. In addition, since 2002, we’ve invested more than $35 million in funding to the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Machine Learning and its successor, Amii.

We believe it’s important for Albertans to have a greater understanding of how public research and innovation dollars are managed on their behalf. And we know this early stage support for what was once considered a nascent technology is now beginning to pay dividends for  Alberta.

We at Alberta Innovates are so pleased to see Rich Sutton named to the Royal Society. It’s the honour of a lifetime and we congratulate him, the University of Alberta and Amii.

Read more about Rich’s induction to the Royal Society.