Co-Principal Investigators

The MACI Project is strategically led by two co-principal investigators:

Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer, Professor of Computing Science, University of Alberta

Dr. Schaeffer earned his B.Sc. at the University of Toronto and M.Math and Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo. His pioneering work in high performance artificial intelligence systems and parallel programming tools led to authorship of the checkers program Chinook, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the first computer to win a human world championship in any game. He is one of the co-founders of the company BioTools Inc., and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of the International Computer Chess Association. He is also on the board of directors of C3.ca Inc., a national consortium of over 42 universities, corporations and government agencies building Canada's infrastructure in advanced computation.

Dr. Brian Unger, Professor of Computer Science, University of Calgary

Dr. Brian W. Unger received his Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California at San Diego in 1972. He is currently the President and CEO of iCORE Inc., a not-for-profit corporation aimed at attracting outstanding researchers in information technology to Alberta universities. Dr. Unger was also the founding president of Netera Alliance (formerly called WurcNet), a research consortium that facilitates the development of advanced computing and networking infrastructure in Alberta. He was the founding Board Chair of C3.ca Inc., a national consortium of over 42 universities, corporations and government agencies building Canada's infrastructure in advanced computation.

At the University of Calgary, Dr. Unger leads an international research team focused on the parallel simulation of advanced Internet architectures and protocols. He received the 1993 ASTech award for "Innovation in Alberta Technology" for his research in parallel modeling and simulation.