Dr. Risto Miikkulainen is Associate VP of Evolutionary AI at Cognizant and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. His current research focuses on methods and applications of neuroevolution, as well as neural network models of natural language processing and vision. At Cognizant, he is scaling up these approaches to real-world problems. Prior to that, he was the CTO of Sentient Technologies.
He received a Master of Science in engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) and a doctorate in computer science from UCLA. He has authored over 400 articles in these research areas. Risto is an IEEE Fellow and was honored with the 2020 IEEE CIS Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award. His work on neuroevolution has recently been recognized with the Gabor Award of the International Neural Network Society and Outstanding Paper of the Decade Award of the International Society for Artificial Life.