Curriculum Vitae

Jacob Schrum, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Computer Science
Chair, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Southwestern University
1001 E. University Ave.
Georgetown, TX 78626

Office/Mail: Fondren-Jones Science Hall 308
Off-Campus Phone: (512) 863-1712
On-Campus Extension: x1712

I'm in the middle of my third year as an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Southwestern University. It is also the middle of my third and final year as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Incidentally, Southwestern University is also where I received my undergraduate B.S. with a triple-major in Computer Science, Math, and German. I received my Masters and Ph.D. from the Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at Austin for my dissertation on Evolving Multimodal Behavior Through Modular Multiobjective Neuroevolution.

Classes Taught and Online Instructional Videos

Instructional videos associated with my classes are hosted on this YouTube channel.

Research Movies and Images

Individual videos associated with my research are linked to below, but are all hosted on this YouTube channel. More details about my research are available in my publications, also linked to below:


My research area is Artificial Intelligence, specifically the automatic discovery of intelligent agent behavior and novel content, particularly in the domain of games. I'm interested in all sorts of games: board games, logic puzzles, and video games. Agents in video games and robot agents in the real world often require multiple modes of behavior (multimodal behavior) in order to handle multiple tasks. One powerful technique for discovering intelligent agent behavior is neuroevolution, which is the simulated evolution of artificial neural network brains. The complex domains I am interested in often involve multiple objectives, sometimes because separate tasks have separate objectives, so I am also interested in multiobjective optimization. Sometimes, focusing on multiple objectives is not enough, and a diverse range of agents and/or artefacts are needed, which I address using Quality Diversity algorithms. Domains requiring larger, more complex brains have sparked an interest in indirect encodings and deep learning. I also use these methods for Procedural Content Generation via Machine Learning in video game domains.

My dissertation advisor was Risto Miikkulainen of the Neural Networks Research Group (NNRG). Information about my research activities at the University of Texas is available on my Personal Page within the larger NNRG website.

My research has led to the development of several software packages:
  • The EvoCraft SCOPE repo allows for interactive evolution of interesting and novel shapes in Minecraft using the EvoCraft API. Work in Minecraft has also been conducted in MM-NEAT to evolve flying machines using Quality Diversity.
  • UT^2 is a software agent for Unreal Tournament 2004 that won the 2012 BotPrize competition, a Turing Test for video game bots. The agent depends on the Pogamut platform, which is Java middleware that interfaces with Unreal Tournament 2004 via the included GameBots mod. Information about my past BotPrize research is compiled on this page. Note that this code and other code associated with Unreal Tournament 2004 is now included in MM-NEAT as well.
  • The Infinite Art Gallery is a video game in which players interactively evolve art similar to that of Picbreeder and Endless Forms, but by interacting with the art in an immersive 3D world. The code for this project is available on GitHub. It was developed in C# and Unity by undergraduate student Bryan Hollingsworth.
  • Multi-Brain HyperNEAT is an extension of HyperNEAT, an approach for evolving indirectly encoded neural networks. Multi-Brain HyperNEAT allows individual agents to have multiple separate brains to use in different circumstances. The code is an extension of the Multiagent Simulator for HyperSharpNEAT, which is a C# implementation of HyperNEAT available on this page.
  • BREVE Monsters is a 3D Artificial Life environment with several domains in which I evolved multimodal behavior. This code relies on the Breve simulation environment, which has unfortunately been discontinued.
I have also become increasingly involved in undergraduate research during my time at Southwestern University, thanks in part to the SCOPE program, which is a Summer research program for undergraduates at Southwestern University.


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Peer-Reviewed Conference Publications

Invited Book Chapters/Articles

Extended Abstracts

Technical Reports

Dagstuhl Reports

Undergraduate Poster Presentations Supervised


Last Updated: 3/21/2023