Risto Miikkulainen

GDC 3.826
(512) 471-9571
risto [at] cs [dot] utexas [dot] edu

Miikkulainen's research focuses on biologically-inspired computation such as neural networks and evolutionary computation.

Selected Awards & Honors: 
  • Best Paper Award at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) in 2008, 2007, 2005, 2005, 2003, and 2002 (with V. Valsalam, J. Reisinger, V. Valsalam, Y. F. Sit, F. Gomez, and K. O. Stanley); at the IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Games (CIG) in 2009, 2006 and 2005 (with B. Bryant, K. O. Stanley, and Jacob Schrum).
Selected Publications: 
  • Hoffman, R.E., Grasemann, U., Gueorguieva, R., Quinlan, D., Lane, D., and Miikkulainen, R.  (2011).  Using Computational Patients to Evaluate Illness Mechanisms in Schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry 69:997-1005.
  • Kohl, N. and Miikkulainen, R. (2009). Evolving Neural Networks for Strategic Decision-Making Problems. Neural Networks 22:326-337.
  • Sit, Y. F. and Miikkulainen, R. (2009). Computational Predictions on the Receptive Fields and Organization of V2 for Shape Processing. Neural Computation 21:762-785.
  • Gomez, F., Schmidhuber, J., and Miikkulainen, R. (2008) Accelerated Neural Evolution through Cooperatively Coevolved Synapses. Journal of Machine Learning Research, 9:937-965.
  • Silberman, Y., Bentin, S., and Miikkulainen, R. (2007). Semantic Boost on Episodic Associations: An Empirically Based Computational Model. Cognitive Science, 31:645-671.
  • Stanley, K., Bryant, B., and Miikkulainen, R. (2005). The NERO Real-time Video Game. IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 9:653-668.. 
  • Stanley, K. and Miikkulainen, R. (2004). Competitive Coevolution through Evolutionary Complexification. Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, 21:63-100.
  • Principe, J. P. and Miikkulainen, R. (editors) (2009). Proceedings of the Seventh Workshop on Self-Organizing Maps. Berlin: Springer.
  • Miikkulainen, R., Bednar, J. A., Choe, Y., and Sirosh, J. (2005). Computational Maps in the Visual Cortex, New York: Springer.
  • Sirosh, J., Miikkulainen, R., and Choe, Y. (editors) (1996). Lateral Interactions in the Cortex: Structure and Function. The UTCS Neural Networks Research Group, Austin, TX. Electronic book, ISBN 0-9647060-0-8.
  • Miikkulainen, R. (1993).  Subsymbolic Natural Language Processing: An Integrated Model of Scripts, Lexicon, and Memory.  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Sherony, R., Miikkulainen, R., Stanley, K. O., and Kohl, N. (2009). Crash Prediction Network with Visual Input for Vehicle. United States Patent 7,613,569.
  • Sherony, R., Miikkulainen, R., Stanley, K. O., and Kohl, N. (2009). Crash Prediction Network With Graded Warning for Vehicle.  United States Patent 7,565,231.
  • Stanley, K. O. and Miikkulainen R. (2009).  Method and Apparatus for Providing Real-Time Machine Learning to Computer-Controlled Agents Used in Video Games. United States Patent 7,559,843.
  • Miikkulainen, R., Dahlin, M. D., and Lipscher, R. P. (2006). Systems and methods for adaptive medical decision support. United States Patent 6,988,088.
Professional Activities: 
  • Board of Governors, International Neural Network Society.
  • Member of IEEE Technical Committees on Computational Intelligence in Games; Autonomous Mental Development; Neural Networks. 
  • Consultant, 21st Century Technologies, Inc., Austin; Lange Fund Management, LLC, Los Angeles; Catalis Healthcare / Recare Inc., Austin; Center of Excellence in Adaptive Informatics Research, Helsinki University of Technology.
  • Program (Co-) Chair, Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC-2011); the sixth IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games (CIG-2010; Workshop on Self-Organizing Maps (WSOM-2009); The Fourth IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Games (CIG-2008).
  • Action Editor, IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games; IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development; Cognitive Systems Research.