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Risto Miikkulainen

Risto Miikkulainen

Associate VP of Evolutionary AI at Cognizant

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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, and he is an author of over 400 articles in these research areas.

At Cognizant, he is scaling up these approaches to real-world problems. Prior to Cognizant, he was CTO of Sentient Technologies. Risto is an IEEE Fellow, and 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.

Risto received an MS in engineering from Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) in 1986, and a Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA in 1990. He can be reached at

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