Goldman Sachs has named Tuomas Sandholm, the Angel Jordan University Professor of Computer Science, one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2020.
Sandholm was cited for his role as founder, president and CEO of Strategy Robot Inc., a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff that applies game theory, artificial intelligence and optimization to military, war gaming, force design, portfolio planning, course-of-action creation, security, intelligence, cybersecurity, world stability and policy challenges.
"For over 150 years, Goldman Sachs has supported entrepreneurs as they launch and grow their businesses," said David M. Solomon, chief executive officer of the financial services company. "That's why we are pleased to recognize Tuomas Sandholm as one of the most intriguing entrepreneurs of 2020."
Sandholm has been pioneering computational game theory in his CMU laboratory for two decades. With his students, he has developed the leading solvers for many classes of game. They have created, for example, the first superhuman AIs for No-Limit Texas Hold'em, both for the two-player and multiplayer setting. The latter is the first superhuman gaming milestone in any game beyond two-player zero-sum games. He directs the Electronic Marketplaces Laboratory in the School of Computer Science and is co-director of CMU AI. He has launched a number of companies related to his research.
Goldman Sachs announced Sandholm's selection during its Builders + Innovators Summit. The event, which this year takes place virtually, includes general sessions and clinics led by seasoned entrepreneurs, academics and business leaders as well as resident scholars.