Shimon Whiteson

BA Rice, PhD UT-Austin
Fellow and Tutor in Computer Science
Professor of Computer Science


I teach a range of subjects, but with a particular emphasis on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

About me

I studied English and Computer Science at Rice University before completing my doctorate in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007.  I then spent eight years as an Assistant and then an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam before joining Oxford as an Associate Professor and a Fellow in Computer Science at St. Catz in 2015. In 2018, I was awarded the title Professor of Computer Science.


My research focuses on artificial intelligence.  My goal is to design, analyse, and evaluate the algorithms that enable computational systems to acquire and execute intelligent behaviour.  

I’m particularly interested in machine learning, with which computers can learn from experience, and decision-theoretic planning, with which they can reason about their goals and deduce behavioural strategies that maximise their utility.

In addition to theoretical work on these topics, I have in recent years also focused on applying them to practical problems in robotics and search engine optimisation.