Risto Miikkulainen is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin and a Fellow at Sentient Technologies, Inc. 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 self-organization of the visual cortex. Miikkulainen is author of over 370 articles in these research areas. He is on the Board of Governors of the International Neural Network Society, an action editor of Cognitive Systems Research, and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games.