Short Bio

risi_pic_smallSebastian Risi  is an Assistant Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. He received a diploma in computer science from the Philipps University of Marburg, Germany in 2007 and received a PhD in 2012 from the University of Central Florida. Before joining the IT University he was a postdoctoral DAAD fellow at Cornell University working with Hod Lipson. He has won several best paper awards at GECCO and IJCNN for his work on adaptive systems and the HyperNEAT algorithm for evolving complex artificial neural networks. He is the current co-chair of the Generative and Developmental Systems (GDS) track at GECCO and in 2013 he co-organized a high-profile AAI symposium about how intelligence can or should be abstracted in artificial intelligence research. He is also a co-founder of FinchBeak LLC, a company that creates casual and educational social games enabled by next generation AI technology.

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Selected Publications

  • Sebastian Risi, Daniel Cellucci, Hod Lipson (2013). Ribosomal Robots: Evolved Designs Inspired by Protein Folding.In: Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO- 2013). New York, NY: ACM.
  • Sebastian Risi and Kenneth Stanley (2013): Confronting the Challenge of Learning a Flexible Neural Controller for a Diversity of Morphologies. In: Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2013).
  • Sebastian Risi and Kenneth O. Stanley (2012): An Enhanced Hypercube-Based Encoding for Evolving the Placement, Density, and Connectivity of Neurons. In: Artificial Life, 18: 1-33, Cambridge, MA: MIT
  • Sebastian Risi and Kenneth O. Stanley (2012): A Unified Approach to Evolving Plasticity and Neural Geometry. In: Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN-2012). New York, NY: IEEE. Winner of the Best Student Paper Award.
  • Sebastian Risi and Kenneth O. Stanley (2010): Indirectly Encoding Neural Plasticity as a Pattern of Local Rules. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB 2010). 533-543, New York, NY: Springer.

Current Projects

Flora-Robotica –  2015-2019


email: sebr (at) itu (dot) dk


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