Professor Whiteson's research focuses on artificial intelligence. His goal is to design, analyse, and evaluate the algorithms that enable computational systems to acquire and execute intelligent behaviour. He is particularly interested in machine learning, with which computers can learn from experience, and decision-theoretic planning, with which they can reason about their goals and deduce behavioural strategies that maximise their utility. In addition to theoretical work on these topics, he has in recent years also focused on applying them to practical problems in robotics and search engine optimisation.
He is an adviser to industry and government agencies on matters related to artificial intelligence and machine learning.