Risto Miikkulainen is vice president of research at Sentient Technologies and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. He received an M.S. in Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA in 1990. His recent research focuses on methods and applications of neuroevolution, as well as neural network models of natural language processing and vision; he is an author of over 370 articles in these research areas, and has 16 patents pending. He is an IEEE Fellow and a recipient of the 2017 Gabor Award of the International Neural Network Society.