Dean of science resigns from University of Alberta

University of Alberta’s dean of science, synthetic intelligence pioneer Jonathan Schaeffer, has resigned from his position efficient Oct. 1 citing decisions made by the university’s leadership that he “can not support.”

In a resignation letter flowed to staff Wednesday, Schaeffer said it was a “challenging decision.”

“The University of Alberta has changed a lot in the last 3 years,” he wrote.

“The university’s management has decidinged and acted that I can not support. The faculty of science would be much better served by a various leader, one who is more in line with the expectations of the president and provost.”

Schaeffer did not define exactly what the decisions and actions were that caused his resignation. Personnel in his office said Thursday early morning he was not readily available for comment.Provost and vice-president scholastic, Steven Dew, released a declaration on the university’s website Thursday afternoon thanking Schaeffer for his service as dean and highlighted his many achievements at the U of A including his role in helping bring DeepMind, Google’s synthetic intelligence research laboratory, to the city.Schaeffer will resume his research study program as a complete professor in the Department of Computing Science and “continue his advocacy for the development of synthetic intelligence in Edmonton, Alberta, and Canada, “Dew said.An interim dean is yet to be named.Schaeffer, who started his term as dean on July 1, 2012, and who has actually spent almost 35 years with Alberta’s largest university, stated he was proud of the”teaching, research study and administrative projects that I have belonged to. “”I believe we accomplished much in science over the past six years,”

he wrote.Schaeffer has invested his whole professorial career with the U of A department of computing

science after participating in 1984. He is one of a handful of Canadians to be called a fellow of the American Association for Expert System and in 2007 was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.His early career concentrated on the production of a checkers program that ended up being the first computer system program to win a human world champion in any video game. Considering that 1994 the program, named Chinook, has actually remained unbeaten.He likewise developed a chess program that tied for first place in the 1986 World Computer System Chess Champion and was chair in high-performance

expert system systems in between 2001 and 2011. He got a lifetime achievement award in 2008 from the Canadian Society of Computational Research Studies of Intelligence in 2008. Schaeffer also is well-known for his deal with high-performance computing.Between 2005-08 he was vice-provost and associate vice-president(info technology) at the university and chair of computing science.In 2014, Schaeffer founded a not-for-profit business that was a spinoff from the

U of A that concentrates on interactive learning and Huge Open Online Course platforms.Schaeffer’s departure is the current relocation at the university with other members of the Workplace of

the Provost carrying on to other positions outside of the province.Vice-president improvement Heather McCaw is leaving Oct. 31 to return to the University of British Columbia as vice-president, advancement and alumni engagement.Vice provost and university registrar Lisa Collins will leave Oct. 21 after accepting a new function as vice-president students at British Columbia Institute of Innovation and vice-provost and associate vice-president global Britta Baron has already left to take up a position in her house country of Germany.Heather Zwicker, vice-provost and dean of the faculty of graduate research studies and research study

, is relocating to Australia to sign up with the University of Queensland on Oct. 1 as e xecutive dean of humanities and social sciences.jgraney@postmedia.com!.?.!