Vadim Bulitko received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999 and is currently an Associate Professor at the department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta. His interests are in strong Artificial Intelligence, creativity and cognition. Vadim's primary contributions are in the area of real-time heuristic search. He has also worked in emotion and culture modeling in virtual trainers, player modeling for adaptive story telling in role-playing video games, enemy prediction in tactical first-person shooters, hiding and seeking spatial patterns in human behavior and other areas. In doing so, Vadim has collaborated with Bioware Corp., Reykjavik University, Queensland University of Technology, Canadian Forestry Service, Syncrude Research and other institutions. He co-chaired an IJCAI'05 workshop on decision-making in uncertain environments, was a workshop and tutorial chair for ICML'06 and is a co-chair of the SARA'09 international symposium. In his free time Vadim enjoys photography, painting and sketching, hiking, martial arts, jogging, writing poetry, reading philosophy and playing video games.