Randy Goebel, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Computing Science


Professor, Faculty of Science - Computing Science
(780) 492-2683
3-47 Athabasca Hall
9119 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E8


Area of Study / Keywords

Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning Explanatory AI



  • B.Sc., Computer Science, University of Regina, 1974
  • M.Sc., Computing Science, University of Alberta, 1977
  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of British Columbia, 1985

Chair Positions

  • Chair, University of Alberta - Huawei Joint Innovation Collaboration Steering Committee
  • Former Chair, Department of Computing Science
  • Former Chair, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, Fellows Membership Committee
  • Former Co-Chair, University of Alberta Precision Health Signature Area
  • Former Co-Chair, Alberta Health Services-University of Alberta Alberta Radiopharmaceutical Collaboration
  • Former CEO, infomatics Circle of Research Excellence (iCORE)
  • Former Chief Scientist, Alberta Innovates
  • Former Chair, Alberta Innovates Academy



Artificial Intelligence


Theory and application of artificial intelligence representation and reasoning techniques.


R.G. (Randy) Goebel is currently professor of Computing Science in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta and Fellow and co-founder of the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii). He received the B.Sc. (Computer Science), M.Sc. (Computing Science), and Ph.D. (Computer Science) from the Universities of Regina, Alberta, and British Columbia, respectively.

Professor Goebel's theoretical work on abduction, hypothetical reasoning and belief revision is internationally well known; his recent research is focused on the formalization of visualization and explainable artificial intelligence (XAI), especially in applications in autonomous driving, legal reasoning, and precision health. He has worked on optimization, algorithm complexity, systems biology, natural language processing, and automated reasoning.

Randy has previously held faculty appointments at the University of Waterloo, University of Tokyo, Multimedia University (Kuala Lumpur), Hokkaido University (Sapporo), visiting researcher engagements at National Institute of Informatics (Tokyo), DFKI (Germany), and NICTA (now Data61, Australia); he is actively involved in collaborative research projects in Canada, Japan, Germany, France, the UK, and China.