Academic

I am currently a Research Scientist at DeepMind in Montreal, Canada.

Education

2014 – 2019 - Doctor of Philosophy in Science in Computing Science

Supervised by Dr. Patrick Pilarski
Department of Computing Science, Faculty of Science, University of Alberta
Doctoral Thesis: Humour-in-the-loop: Improvised Theatre with Humans and Machines

Affiliations:

2011 – 2014 - Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

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

2005 – 2010 - Bachelor of Science in Electrical (Biomedical) Engineering

Supervised by Dr. Roger Zemp
Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Alberta
Undergraduate research topic: Combined Photoacoustic and Ultrasound Biomicroscopy

Work Experience

Publications

  1. Abramson J, Ahuja A, Brussee A, Carnevale F, Cassin M, Clark S, Dudzik A, Georgiev P, Guy A, Harley T, Hill F, Hung A, Kenton Z, Landon J, Lillicrap T, Mathewson KW, Muldal A, Santoro A, Savinov N, Varma V, Wayne G, Wong N, Yan C, Zhu R (2020) Imitating Interactive Intelligence. arXiv preprint arXiv:2012.05672. (pdf, DeepMind Blog Post)
  2. Camarena D, Gagliano P, Bakogeorge A, Counter N, Patel A, Blustein C, Ray E, Oppenheim D, Mingail L, Mathewson KW, Castro PS (2020) Agence: a dynamic film exploring multi-agent systems and human agency. NeurIPS 2020 Workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity and Design. (pdf)
  3. Chen S, Pietrzak B, Mathewson KW, Kipnis A, Hoffman-John E(2020) Text to Dialog: Using Semantic Similarity to Extend Narrative Immersion in Virtual Worlds. NeurIPS 2020 Workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity and Design. (pdf)
  4. Chen S, Kipnis A, Mathewson KW, Ysebert S, Pietrzak B, Cary D, Hoffman-John E (2020) Semantic Chat: Enabling Greater Believability through Voice Avatars in Multiplayer and Story-Driven Games. NeurIPS 2020 Workshop: WORDPLAY: When Language Meets Games. (pdf)
  5. Prakash N, Mathewson KW (2020) Conceptualization and Framework of Hybrid Intelligence Systems. arXiv preprint arXiv:2012.06161. NeurIPS 2020 Workshop: Human And Machine in-the-Loop Evaluation and Learning Strategies (HAMLETS). (pdf)
  6. Guo S, Ren Y, Słowik A, Mathewson KW (2020) Inductive Bias and Language Expressivity in Emergent Communication. arXiv preprint arXiv:2012.02875. NeurIPS 2020 Workshop: Talking to Strangers: Zero-Shot Emergent Communication. (pdf)
  7. Mirowski P, Mathewson KW, Branch B, Winters T, Verhoeven B, Elfving J (2020) Rosetta Code: Improv in Any Language. 2020 International Conference on Computational Creativity. (pdf)
  8. Lösel G, Mirowski P, Mathewson KW,  (2020) Do Digital Agents Do Dada?. 2020 International Conference on Computational Creativity. (pdf)
  9. Mathewson KW, Castro PS, Cherry C, Foster G, Bellemare MG (2020) Shaping the Narrative Arc: An Information-Theoretic Approach to Collaborative Dialogue. 2020 International Conference on Computational Creativity. (pdf)
  10. Mirowski P, Mathewson KW. Art2: Artificial Intelligence in Artistic Performance. 2020 Anthropocenes Conference.  European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts.
  11. Cuthbertson L, Kearney A, Dawson R, Zawaduk A, Cuthbertson E, Gordon-Tighe A, Mathewson KW (2019) Women, politics and Twitter: Using machine learning to change the discourse. NeurIPS Joint Workshop on AI for Social Good 2019. (pdf)
  12. Winters T, Farrugia S, Mathewson KW (2019) “TEDRIC: a Talk Exercise Designer for Realising Improvisational Comedy” in “Playable Experiences at the 15th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE’19).” Vol. 15. No. 1. 2019. (pdf)
  13. Mirowski P and Mathewson KW (2019) Human Improvised Theatre Augmented with Artificial Intelligence. Association for Computing Machinery 12th conference on Creativity & Cognition (ACM C&C). San Diego, USA. (pdf)
  14. Mathewson KW (2019) A Human-Centered Approach to Interactive Machine Learning. 2019 Multidisciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making (RLDM). Montreal, Canada. (pdf)
  15. Dziri N, Kamalloo E, Mathewson KW, Zaiane O (2019) Evaluating Coherence in Dialogue Systems using Entailment. Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguists (NAACL-HLT). Minneapolis, USA. (pdf)
  16. Dziri N, Kamalloo E, Mathewson KW, Zaiane O (2018) Augmenting Neural Response Generation with Context-Aware Topical Attention. arXiv preprint arXiv:1811.01063. (pdf)
  17. Winters T and Mathewson KW (2019) Automatically Generating Engaging Presentation Slide Decks. 8th International Conference on Computational Intelligence in Music, Sound, Art and Design (EvoMUSART). Leipzig, Germany. (pdf)
  18. Eger M and Mathewson KW (2018) dAIrector: Automatic Story Beat Generation through Knowledge Synthesis. Joint Workshop on Intelligent Narrative Technologies and Intelligent Cinematography and Editing at AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE). Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (pdf)
  19. Mathewson KW and Mirowski P (2018) Improbotics: Exploring the Imitation Game using Machine Intelligence in Improvised Theatre. 14th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE'18). Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. November 2018. (pdf)
  20. Travnik J, Mathewson KW, Sutton RS, and Pilarski PM (2018) Reactive Reinforcement Learning in Asynchronous Environments. Frontiers in Robotics and AI. Vol 5-79. (pdf)
  21. Mathewson KW and Mirowski P (2017) Improvised Theatre as a Turing Test. NeurIPS 2017 Workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity and Design. (pdf)
  22. Pilarski PM, Sutton R, Mathewson KW, Sherstan C, Parker ASR, Edwards AL (2017) Communicative Capital for Prosthetic Agents. arXiv preprint arXiv:1711.03676. (pdf)
  23. Mathewson KW and Mirowski P (2017) Improvised Theatre Alongside Artificial Intelligences. 13th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE). Snowbird, USA. October 2017. (pdf)
  24. Mathewson KW and Mirwoski P (2017) Artificial Improvisation: Improvisational Theatre with Deep Neural Networks and Robots. 2017 Multidisciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making. Ann Arbor, USA, 2017.
  25. Mathewson KW and Pilarski PM (2017) Concurrent Human Control and Feedback Shaping for Robot Training with Actor-Critic Reinforcement Learning. 2017 Multidisciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making. Ann Arbor, USA, 2017.
  26. Mathewson KW and Pilarski PM (2017) Reinforcement Learning based Embodied Agents Modelling Human Users Through Interaction and Multi-Sensory Perception. AAAI Spring Symposium March 2017. California, USA. (1701.02369)
  27. 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. (pdf)
  28. 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. (pdf)
  29. 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. (pdf)
  30. 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. (pdf)
  31. Mathewson KW, Haykowsky MJ, Thompson RB (2015) Feasibility and reproducibility of measurement of whole muscle blood flow, oxygen extraction, and VO2 with dynamic exercise using MRI. Magnetic resonance in medicine, 74(6):1640-51. (pdf)
  32. Harrison T, Ranasinghesagara JC, Lu H, Mathewson KW, Walsh A, Zemp RJ (2009). Combined photoacoustic and ultrasound biomicroscopy. Optics Express, 17(24), 22041-22046. (pdf)
  33. Ranasinghesagara JC, Jian Y, Chen X, Mathewson KW, Zemp RJ (2009) Photoacoustic technique for assessing optical scattering properties of turbid media. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 14(4), 040504. (pdf)
  34. Zemp RJ, Ranasinghesagara JC, Jian Y, Chen X, Mathewson KW (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. (pdf)
  35. Zemp RJ, Lu H, Mathewson KW, Ranasinghesagara J, Jiang Y, Walsh A, Chen X (2009) Development of a fast-scanning combined ultrasound-photoacoustic biomicroscope. Paper presented at the Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE, 7177. (pdf)
  36. Zemp RJ, 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. (pdf)

Professional Service

  1. Reviewer for 2021 International Conference on Learning Representations, 3 articles.
  2. Reviewer for 2021 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2 articles.
  3. Co-organizer for 2020 Wordplay: When Language Meets Games, NeurIPS Workshop.
  4. Program Committee Reviewer Cooperative AI Workshop, NeurIPS 2020, 3 articles.
  5. Reviewer for 2020 Thirty-fourth Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, Vancouver, Canada.
  6. Reviewer for 2020 International Conference on Computational Creativity, Coimbra, Portugal, 1 article.
  7. Reviewer for 2020 International Conference on Machine Learning, Vienna, Austria, 6 articles.
  8. Reviewer for 2019 Thirty-third Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, Vancouver, Canada, 7 articles.
  9. Reviewer for 2019 15th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE'19), Atlanta, USA, 2 articles.
  10. Reviewer for 2019 Experimental AI in Games workshop at 15th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE'19), Atlanta, USA, 2 articles.
  11. Chair; 2019 Playable Experience Track, 15th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE'19), Atlanta, USA.
  12. Reviewer for 2019 Multidisciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making (RLDM), 7 extended abstracts.
  13. Reviewer for 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).
  14. Reviewer for 2017 Multidisciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making (RLDM). Ann Arbor, USA, 4 extended abstracts.
  15. Reviewer for 2017 Adaptive Learning Agents Workshop at International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, 2 articles.
  16. Reviewer for 2016 Thirtieth Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, Barcelona, Spain, 4 articles.
  17. Co-Chair, 2016 Future of Interactive Learning Machines Workshop at Thirtieth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems.
  18. Reviewer for 2016 Future of Interactive Learning Machines Workshop at Thirtieth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, 5 articles.
  19. Reviewer for 2016 IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering, 1 article.

Extended Abstracts, Posters, and Presentations

  1. The Best Career Advice I Ever Got: “Say Yes”. University of Alberta Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research Invest in Your Future Career Symposium. November 16, 2018.
  2. Improbotics: Exploring the Imitation Game using Machine Intelligence in Improvised Theatre. AIIDE18. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. November 17, 2018.
  3. dAIrector: Automatic Story Beat Generation through Knowledge Synthesis. INT/WICED18 at AIIDE18. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. November 13, 2018.
  4. Improvised Comedy as a Turing Test. NeurIPS 2017 Workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity and Design. Long Beach, California, USA. December 9, 2017.
  5. Improvised Theatre Alongside Artificial Intelligences. 13th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE'17). Snowbird, Utah, USA. October 8 2017
  6. Applying Interactive Machine Learning to Next-generation Prosthetics. Prairie Perception Action and Cognition Team (P-PACT), Canmore, Alberta, Canada. November 5, 2016.
  7. Pilarski PM, Sutton RS, Edwards AL, Sherstan C, Mathewson KW, Parker ASR, Hebert JS. Towards strong prosthetic machine intelligence. Cybathlon Symposium 2016, Zurich, Switzerland, October 6, 2016. (Poster and abstract.)
  8. Advances in Machine Learning for Control of Bionic Limbs. Forum for Artificial Intelligence. University of Texas at Austin. Austin, Texas, USA. Sep 3, 2016.
  9. 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.
  10. Robots learning from human control and feedback. 10th Barbados Workshop on Reinforcement Learning. McGill’s Bellairs Institute. Holetown, Barbados.  Apr 27, 2016.
  11. Developing Machine Intelligence to Improve Bionic Limb Control. Smart Environments Research Center Distinguished Speaker Series. Washington State University, Feb 23 2016.
  12. 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.
  13. Prosthetic Limbs as Goal Seeking Agents. Bionic Limbs for Improved Natural Control Research Day, Edmonton, Canada, 2015.
  14. Don’t Shoot the Robot - Reaching for New Levels of Human/Machine Learning. Tea Time Talks - University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2015.
  15. Stereovision and augmented reality for closed-loop control of grasping in hand prosthesis. Bionic Limbs for Improved Natural Control Journal Club, Edmonton, Canada, 2015.
  16. Interactive Reinforcement Learning - Human Generated Reward. Biomedical Engineering Summer Research Day, Edmonton, Canada, 2015.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Investigating Changes in Femoral Hemodynamics Immediately Post Exercise using MRI. 2013. Re:Engineering Leadership Conference. October 8, 2013. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  20. Simultaneously Measuring Blood Flow and Oxygen Consumption Immediately Pre- and Post-Exercise with MRI. 2013 Alberta Imaging Symposium. June 26, 2013. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. A Wireless Sensor Network to Monitor Brace Biomechanics in Scoliosis Treatment. 8th Annual Alberta Biomedical Engineering Conference. October 20, 2007. Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Press

  1. Twitter bot tracks abusive tweets against female politicians. CTV News Edmonton. April 2019.
  2. Artificial intelligence takes over Edmonton improv show at Citadel. Global News Edmonton. January 2019.
  3. Tech talks: Artificial intelligence takes on humans in new improv show. Edmonton Journal. January 2019.
  4. Artificial intelligence put to the test during Edmonton Fringe Festival show. Global News Edmonton. September 2018.
  5. AI Attempts Improv Comedy And It Goes Hilariously Wrong. IFL Science. September 2018.
  6. AI Is Tackling Yet Another Creative Medium: Improv Comedy. Mental Floss. September 2018.
  7. AI tries bad improv comedy to trick people into thinking it is human. New Scientist. September 2018.
  8. So a Computer Walks Into a Bar… Wall Street Journal. September 2018.
  9. Improbotics: Bringing machine intelligence into improvised theatre. TechXplore. September 2018.
  10. Edmonton Fringe Review: HumanMachine: Artificial Intelligence Improvisation. Vue Weekly. August 2018.
  11. A Robot Walks Into a Bar. But Can It Do Comedy? New York Times. August 2018.
  12. Artificial intelligence leads to real comedy for PhD student. UofA Folio. August 2018.
  13. Man and machine meld as robots take stage in Fringe improv show. Edmonton Journal. August 2018.
  14. Siblings in science. UofA Science Contrours. Summer 2018.
  15. Artificial Intelligence is changing the world. Are we ready for it? Globe and Mail. Summer 2018.
  16. make ‘em laugh. Q&A with Kory and Blueberry. New Trail, University of Alberta Alumni Magazine, Spring 2018.
  17. Meet Blueberry: The Robot Designed to Make you Laugh. Bloomberg. May 2018.
  18. Hello World Canada: The Rise of AI (Bloomberg), May 2018.
  19. Teaching Machines to be Funny (TVO), Mar 2018.
  20. Robot’s terrible jokes are a new test of machine intelligence. New Scientist. Dec 2017.
  21. This A.I. Is Learning How to be Human by Doing Improv Comedy.  Inverse. Dec 1 2017.
  22. Music and Artificial Intelligence. Will Artificial Intelligence Elevate Pop Music or Pervert It? (The Answer is Yes). Sept 12 2017.
  23. Meet the smart robots with artificial irreverence. The Times of London. March 2017.
  24. El cerebro artificial que piensa por ti. (Spanish). Will machines end up being smarter than man? Feb 12 2017.
  25. Interview: Comedians to Watch in 2017 - HumanMachine. The Phoenix Remix. December 2016.
  26. Top 40 Under 40 Profile on Kory Mathewson. Avenue Magazine. Nov 2016.
  27. The Man in the Machine - PhD researcher Kory Mathewson looks at the good and bad sides of artificial intelligence). Edmonton Examiner. Oct 2016.
  28. Prosthetic Artificial Intelligence. CBC Radio Active. Oct 2016.
  29. Artificial intelligence bridges the gap between human and machine. University of Alberta, Faculty of Science. Oct 2016.
  30. 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

  1. Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-D) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) ($105000) Sep 2016 – Sep 2019
  2. Graduate Student Scholarship - Alberta Innovates Technology Futures ($63000) Sep 2016 – Sep 2019
  3. Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize ($5000) May 2017
  4. UofA Science Graduate Scholarship ($2000) Nov 2016
  5. President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction, UAlberta ($10000) Sep 2016
  6. Graduate Research Award Rice Graduate Scholarship in Communications ($22000) Dec 2015
  7. Department of Computing Science Early Achievement Award Sep 2015
  8. Graduate Student Scholarship - Alberta Innovates Technology Futures ($26500) Sep 2015
  9. Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship - UAlberta ($5700) Sep 2015
  10. Alexander Graham Bell (CGS-M) - NSERC ($17500) Sep 2015
  11. Oral Presentation Winner, 2014 Engineering Graduate Research Symposium ($300) Jun 2014
  12. Graduate Students’ Association for Professional Development Award ($500) Apr 2014
  13. Intl. Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Travel Award Apr 2014
  14. Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research Graduate Travel Award ($1000) Feb 2014
  15. Graduate Program Scholarship - Dept. of Biomedical Engineering ($6500) Jan 2012
  16. 75th Anniversary Graduate Student Award - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry ($7000) Sep 2012
  17. Jason Lang Scholarship for Academic Excellence - Government of Alberta ($1000) Sep 2009
  18. Undergraduate Student Award - Alberta Ingenuity Fund Sep 2008
  19. Undergraduate Research Award - NSERC ($4500) Sep 2008
  20. Peter Lougheed Leadership Scholarship - UAlberta ($10000) Sep 2008
  21. Jason Lang Scholarship for Academic Excellence – Government of Alberta ($1000) Sep 2008
  22. William S Ziegler Leadership Award - UAlberta ($2750) Sep 2007
  23. Pat Heron Commemorative Bursary - Faculty of Engineering ($3500) Sep 2007
  24. Jason Lang Scholarship for Academic Excellence - Government of Alberta ($1000) Sep 2007
  25. William & Mary Hawrysh Memorial Leadership Entrance Scholarship - UAlberta ($3000) Sep 2006
  26. Academic Excellence Scholarship - Faculty of Engineering ($5000) Sep 2006
  27. Academic Excellence Scholarship - UAlberta ($5000) Sep 2006

Volunteer History