Academic

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Science in Computing Science
2014 – 2018 (exp), Supervised by Dr. Patrick Pilarski and Dr. Richard Sutton
Department of Computing Science, Faculty of Science, University of Alberta
Areas of Research: Reinforcement Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Bionic Limbs, Shared Control

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
2011 – 2014, Co-supervised by Dr. Richard B. Thompson, Dr. Mark Haykowsky
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta
Thesis: Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Blood Flow and Blood Oxygenation during Exercise

Bachelor of Science in Electrical (Biomedical) Engineering
2005 – 2010, Supervised by Dr. Roger Zemp
Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Alberta
Research topic: Combined Photoacoustic and Ultrasound Biomicroscopy

Work Experience

Software Engineering (AI/ML) Intern – Apple – Summer 2017
Software Engineering Intern –
Google Brain – Summer 2017
Machine Learning Software Engineer Intern
Twitter Cortex – Summer 2016
Robotics Engineer in Training – Canadian Biosample Repository – 2010–11
President – Students’ Union University of Alberta – 2009-10
Business Analyst – Information Services & Technology, UAlberta – 2008

Publications

Mathewson KW, Mirwoski P. (2017, Submitted) Artificial Improvisation: Improvisational Theatre with Deep Neural Networks and Robots. Under review for the 2017 Multi-disciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making. Ann Arbor, MI, United States, 2017.

Mathewson KW, Pilarski PM. (2017, Submitted) Concurrent Human Control and Feedback Shaping for Robot Training with Actor-Critic Reinforcement Learning. Under review for the 2017 Multi-disciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making. Ann Arbor, MI, United States, 2017.

Mathewson KW, Pilarski PM. (2017, Submitted) Actor-Critic Reinforcement Learning with Simultaneous Human Control and Feedback. Under review for the 34th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), Sydney, Australia, 2017.

Mathewson KW, Pilarski PM. (2017) Reinforcement Learning based Embodied Agents Modelling Human Users Through Interaction and Multi-Sensory Perception. AAAI Spring Symposium March 2017. California, USA. [bibtex]

Pilarski PM, Sutton R, Mathewson KW, Sherstan C, Parker ASR and Edwards, AL. (2016, Under Review) Communicative Capital for Prosthetic Agents. Submitted to Frontiers in Neurorobotics.

Vega R, Sajed T, Mathewson KW, Khare K, Pilarski PM, Greiner R, Sanchez-Ante G, Antelis JM. (2017) Assessment of feature selection and classification methods for recognizing motor imagery tasks from electroencephalographic signals. Artificial Intelligence Research, Vol 6, No 1.

Mathewson KW, Pilarski PM. (2016) Simultaneous Control and Human Feedback in the Training of a Robotic Agent with Actor-Critic Reinforcement Learning. 25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Interactive Machine Learning Workshop. July 2016. New York, USA.

Thompson RB, Pagano JJ, Mathewson KW, Paterson I, Dyck JR, Kitzman DW, Haykowsky MJ. (2016). Differential Responses of Post-Exercise Recovery of Leg Blood Flow and Oxygen Uptake Kinetics in HFpEF versus HFrEF. PLOS ONE. Feb 29, 2016.

Pilarski PM, Sutton R, Mathewson KW (2015) Prosthetic Devices as Goal-Seeking Agents. Peripheral-Nervous-System-Machine Interface Workshop at 2015 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics. Singapore, Aug. 11, 2015.

Mathewson KW, Haykowsky MJ, Thompson RB. Feasibility and reproducibility of measurement of whole muscle blood flow, oxygen extraction, and VO2 with dynamic exercise using MRI. Magnetic resonance in medicine. 2015 Dec 1;74(6):1640-51.

Harrison T, Ranasinghesagara JC, Lu H, Mathewson KW, Walsh A, Zemp RJ. (2009). Combined photoacoustic and ultrasound biomicroscopy. Optics Express, 17(24), 22041-22046.

Ranasinghesagara, J. C., Jian, Y., Chen, X., Mathewson, KW, & Zemp, R. J. (2009). Photoacoustic technique for assessing optical scattering properties of turbid media. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 14(4), 040504.

Zemp, R. J., Ranasinghesagara, J., Jiang, Y., Chen, X., & Mathewson, K. (2009). A photoacoustic method for optical scattering measurements in turbid media. Paper presented at the Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging – Proceedings of SPIE, 7177.

Zemp, R. J., Lu, H., Mathewson, KW, Ranasinghesagara, J., Jiang, Y., Walsh, A., et al. (2009). Development of a fast-scanning combined ultrasound-photoacoustic biomicroscope. Paper presented at the Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging – Proceedings of SPIE, 7177.

Zemp, R. J., Xuhui, C., Huihong, L., Yan, J., & Mathewson, KW. (2008). A new photoacoustic method for measuring optical transport green’s functions in turbid media. Paper presented at the Proceedings – IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, 1246-1249.

Teaching Experience

Guest Lecture (1 class, Feb. 2016)
Title: Don’t Shoot the Robot (training robots like we train dogs)
Primary instructor: Dr. Matt Taylor
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University

Teaching Assistant (1 semester, 2015)
CMPUT 250 – Computers and Games
Primary instructor: Dr. Vadim Bulitko
Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta

Guest Lecturer (4 classes, 2009 – 2010)
Primary instructor: Dr. Lisa Guirguis
Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta

Invited Talks

Applying Interactive Machine Learning to Next-generation Prosthetics. Prairie Perception Action and Cognition Team (P-PACT), Canmore, Alberta, Canada. November 5, 2016.

Advances in Machine Learning for Control of Bionic Limbs. Forum for Artificial Intelligence. University of Texas at Austin. Austin, Texas, USA. Sep 3, 2016.

Robots learning from human control and feedback. 10th Barbados Workshop on Reinforcement Learning. McGill’s Bellairs Institute. Holetown, Barbados.  Apr 27, 2016.

Developing Machine Intelligence to Improve Bionic Limb Control. Smart Environments Research Center Distinguished Speaker Series. Washington State University, Feb 23 2016.

Invited Keynote: Improv(e) your creativity – Creative Idea Generation. The 23rd Annual International Conference on Academic Integrity: Integrity in the Real World., Edmonton, Canada, 2015.

Feasibility and Reproducibility of Measurement of Skeletal Muscle Blood Flow, Oxygen Extraction and VO2 with Dynamic Exercise Using MRI. 2014 International Society for Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine Joint Annual Meeting. May 15, 2014. Milan, Lombardy, Italy.

Feasibility and Reproducibility of Measurement of Skeletal Muscle Blood Flow, Oxygen Extraction and VO2 with Dynamic Exercise Using MRI. 2014 Faculty of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium. June 19, 2014. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Simultaneously Measuring Blood Flow and Oxygen Consumption Immediately Pre- and Post-Exercise with MRI. 2013 Alberta Imaging Symposium. June 26, 2013. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

A Wireless Sensor Network to Monitor Brace Biomechanics in Scoliosis Treatment. 8th Annual Alberta Biomedical Engineering Conference. October 20, 2007. Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Professional Service

Event Organization

Co-Chair, Future of Interactive Learning Machines Workshop at Thirtieth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems. 2016.

Reviewer

Reviewer for 2017 MultidisciplinaryConference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making (RLDM), 2017.

Reviewer for Adaptive Learning Agents Workshop at 2017 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, two articles, 2017.

Reviewer for Future of Interactive Learning Machines Workshop at Thirtieth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, five articles, 2016.

Review for IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering, one article, 2016

Presentations

Top 40 Under 40 Profile on Kory Mathewson. Kory Mathewson stood on a stage with one of his improv partners, Pyggy. But when the audience roared with laughter, his partner messed up. Or rather, she faltered because she was actually a robot, which Mathewson had designed to use artificial intelligence (AI). Avenue Magazine. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Nov 2016.

Prosthetic Limbs as Goal Seeking Agents. Bionic Limbs for Improved Natural Control Research Day, Edmonton, Canada, 2015.

Don’t Shoot the Robot – Reaching for New Levels of Human/Machine Learning. Tea Time Talks – University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2015.

Stereovision and augmented reality for closed-loop control of grasping in hand prosthesis. Bionic Limbs for Improved Natural Control Journal Club, Edmonton, Canada, 2015.

Interactive Reinforcement Learning – Human Generated Reward. Biomedical Engineering Summer Research Day, Edmonton, Canada, 2015.

Invited Poster Presentations

Mathewson, KW, Pilarski, P.M. (2016) Simultaneous Control and Human Feedback in the Training of a Robotic Agent with Actor-Critic Reinforcement Learning. 25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Interactive Machine Learning Workshop. July 2016. New York, USA.

Investigating Changes in Femoral Hemodynamics Immediately Post Exercise using MRI. 2013. Re:Engineering Leadership Conference. October 8, 2013. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Investigating the Impact of Heart Failure on Cerebral Blood Flow During Exercise using MRI. 2012 Faculty of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium. June 21, 2012. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Imaging microvasculature with a fast-scanning combined ultrasound-photoacoustic biomicroscope and real-time display. 9th Annual Alberta Biomedical Engineering Conference. October 25, 2008. Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Media Interviews

The Man in the Machine. PhD researcher Kory Mathewson looks at the good and bad sides of artificial intelligence. Edmonton Examiner. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Oct 19 2016.

Prosthetic Artificial Intelligence. PhD student Kory Mathewson is teaching computers to learn from their interactions with people in much the same way you might teach your dog to sit, stay. CBC Radio Active, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Oct 16 2016.

Artificial intelligence bridges the gap between human and machine. “Whether we’re developing open-source machine learning for Twitter or creating a smart robotic limb, it is all artificial intelligence,” says Kory Mathewson, PhD student with the Faculty of Science. University of Alberta, Faculty of Science. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Oct 12 2016.

Biomedical engineering PhD graduate’s studies hit close to home. University of Alberta, Faculty of Engineering. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Nov 19 2014.

Awards and Honours

Name of Recognition -- Organizing Body$CADDate
UofA Science Graduate Scholarship20002016/11
President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction - UAB100002016/09
Graduate Student Scholarship - Alberta Innovates Technology Futures630002016/09
Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-D) - NSERC1050002016/09
GRA Rice Graduate Scholarship in Communications220002015/12
Department of Computing Science Early Achievement Award-2015/9
Graduate Student Scholarship - Alberta Innovates Technology Futures265002015/9
Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship - UAB57002015/9
Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-M) - NSERC175002015/9
Oral Presentation Winner, 2014 Engineering Graduate Research Symposium - UAB3002014/6
Graduate Students' Association for Professional Development Award - UAB5002014/4
Intl. Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Travel Award - ISMRM-2014/4
Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research Graduate Travel Award10002014
Graduate Program Scholarship - Dept. of Biomedical Engineering65002012/1
75th Anniversary Graduate Student Award - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry70002012/9
Jason Lang Scholarship for Academic Excellence - Government of Alberta10002009/9
Undergraduate Student Award - Alberta Ingenuity Fund-2008/9
Undergraduate Research Award - NSERC45002008/9
Peter Lougheed Leadership Scholarship - UAB100002008
Jason Lang Scholarship for Academic Excellence - Government of Alberta10002008/9
William S Ziegler Leadership Award - UAB27502007/9
Pat Heron Commemorative Bursary - Faculty of Engineering35002007/9
Jason Lang Scholarship for Academic Excellence - Government of Alberta10002007/9
William & Mary Hawrysh Memorial Leadership Entrance Scholarship - UAB30002006/9
Academic Excellence Scholarship - Faculty of Engineering50002006/9
Academic Excellence Scholarship - UAB50002006/9

Volunteer History

Instructor/Performer – Rapid Fire Theatre 2005 – Present
Co-ChairFaculty of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium 2012
PresidentUniversity of Alberta Students’ Union 2009-10
GovernorUniversity of Alberta Board of Governors 2009-10
Vice-President ExternalUAlberta Engineering Students’ Society 2006-07

Memberships

Reinforcement Learning and Artificial Intelligence (U. of Alberta)
Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (U. of Alberta)
Bionic Limbs for Improved Natural Control (U. of Alberta)
Sensory Motor Adaptive Rehabilitation Technology Network (U. of Alberta)