Professor & Dean of Science, Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta

Member of the Advisory Board, AMII

Co-Founder, Onlea


Short Bio

Jonathan Schaeffer is the University of Alberta’s Dean of Science and a professor in the Department of Computing Science. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Most of his research is in the area of search algorithms. His checkers-playing program Chinook was the first computer to win a human world championship (1994); in 2017 he announced that he had solved checkers — perfect play leads to a draw. He has helped develop superhuman programs for numerous games including poker. He is co-founder of the University of Alberta not-for-profit spin-off company Onlea ( that creates engaging online learning experiences.