I am an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University. Previously I was an Applied Research Scientist at Element AI.  I am interested in artificial intelligence, particularly in the areas of automated planning, heuristic search, knowledge representation, reinforcement learning, and game-playing agents. See the links to the left for a list of publications.

Contact me at x@ryerson.ca where x=rick.valenzano (ie. replace "x" with "rick.valenzano" without the quotation marks). Try and grab that email address, you meddling spambots.

You can also find me on LinkedIn.


January 1, 2021 - Starting as an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University

February 10, 2020 - Teaching a course on Reinforcement Learning for the Queen's Master of Management in AI Program.

December 11, 2019 - Paper appearing at NeurIPS on learning and exploiting reward machines.

October 7, 2019 - Presented the DeepStack paper to the AI Socratic Circles meetup.

August 19, 2019 - Giving a talk at Amii on our project at Element AI, and work with colleagues at UofT.

August 13, 2019 - Paper appearing at IJCAI on using formal languages for RL task specification.