Aske Plaat


Professor & Scientific Director
Department of Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science (LIACS)
Leiden University, Snellius 167
Niels Bohrweg 1, 2333 CA Leiden, The Netherlands

Research Interests
I am professor and scientific director of LIACS, the Leiden institute for artificial intelligence and computer science. I work in machine learning/reinforcement learning; combinatorial search and games are my main fields. Please see our group page. Very exciting things are happening in reinforcement learning with the breakthrough by AlphaZero.

I studied artificial intelligence under the guidance of Jonathan Schaeffer at the University of Alberta, Edmonton and Arie de Bruin at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam where I obtained my PhD in 1996. I worked with Charles Leiserson at the MIT Lab for Computer Science, Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the Cilk parallel computing system. Later I worked with Henri Bal at VU Amsterdam on scalable algorithms. In 2014 I joined Leiden University; in 2016 I was appointed scientific director of LIACS.

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Snellius 167

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Dans les champs de l’observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits prepares – Louis Pasteur
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