I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, having previously completed my PhD in Computing Science at the University of Alberta.  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@cs.toronto.edu where x=rvalenzano (ie. replace "x" with "rvalenzano" without the quotation marks). Try and grab that email address, you meddling spambots.

You can also find me on LinkedIn.


May 17, 2017 - Paper on understanding and solving the pancake sorting problem to appear at SoCS. 

April 11, 2017 - Extended abstract on using temporal logic to provide advice to an RL agent to appear at RLDM. 

February 8, 2017 - I have been given an award for being an Outstanding Program Committee Member at AAAI 2017.

February 6, 2017 - ArvandHerd 2014 is now on GitHub. See the Software page for more detail.

September 1, 2016 - I am co-teaching a graduate course on heuristic search and reinforcement learning with Professor Sheila McIlraith.