Scott Sanner


Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering

Tel: 416-978-4871
Office: BA8104
Research Group: Data-Driven Decision Making Lab (D3M)

Research Areas

Information Engineering
Applied Machine Learning

Research Interests

Machine Learning and Large-scale Data Analysis, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Information Retrieval, Social Media, Recommender Systems, Sequential Decision Optimization, Operations Research, Smart Cities Applications.


Scott Sanner is an Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering, Cross-appointed in Computer Science, and a faculty affiliate of the Vector Institute. He also held a Dean’s Spark Professorship in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (2018-2021). Previously Scott was an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University and before that he was a Principal Researcher at National ICT Australia (NICTA) and Adjunct Faculty at the Australian National University. Scott earned a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto (2008), an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University (2002), and a double BS in Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (1999).

Scott’s research spans a broad range of topics from the data-driven fields of Machine Learning and Information Retrieval to the decision-driven fields of Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research. Scott has applied the analytic and algorithmic tools from these fields to diverse application areas such as conversational recommender systems, adaptive user interfaces, and Smart Cities applications including predictive health analytics, transport optimization, power systems security, and residential HVAC control.

Scott has served as Program Co-chair for the 26th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS) and is currently an Associate Editor for the Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ), the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), and the Machine Learning Journal (MLJ). Scott was a co-recipient of paper awards from the AI Journal (2014), Transport Research Board (2016), and CPAIOR (2018) and a recipient of a Google Faculty Research Award (2020).

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