Joelle Pineau is a William Dawson Scholar and Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science at McGill University in Montreal. She holds a PhD and MSc from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A.Sc. from the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on the development and analysis of algorithms for Artificial Intelligence, in particular in machine learning and reinforcement learning, with application of these methods to problems in health-care and robotics. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Machine Learning Research and the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. She was the Program Chair (2012) and General Chair (2015) of the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), and is the President-Elect of the International Machine Learning Society.
Industry Expertise (4)
Health Care - Services
Areas of Expertise (7)
Reinforcement learning and probabilistic inference
Natural Language Processing
Adaptive treatment design
Planning, learning, and decision making
Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The Royal Society of Canada (professional)
The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. It will comprise a fourth entity (along with the current three Academies) within the Royal Society of Canada.
Senior Fellow at CIFAR program in Learning in Machines & Brains (professional)
CIFAR fellows take on tough questions that span disciplines. The answers they require can only be reached by international, interdisciplinary teams working together over a sustained period of time. Our 14 programs tackle questions across four broad areas: improving human health, creating successful societies, using technology to make life better, and sustaining life on Earth.
William Dawson Scholar at McGill University (professional)
The William Dawson Scholar award recognizes a scholar developing into an outstanding and original researcher of world-class caliber who is poised to become a leader in his or her field, similar to that of a CRC Tier 2 chair holder.
David Thompson Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Supervision (professional)
This award acknowledges outstanding contributions to promoting graduate student excellence through supervision and teaching by a faculty member who has been supervising for 10 years or more at McGill University.
Principal's Prize for Outstanding Emerging Researchers at McGill University (professional)
McGill's University-wide prize for outstanding emerging researchers, created in order to encourage and celebrate the most outstanding early-career researchers at McGill, as well as to provide them with an advantage for external awards with a prestigious internal distinction.
Tomlinson Scientist Award, Associate Professor Category (professional)
The intention of the award is: 1) to recognize and support excellence 2) to recognize and support scientific leadership particularly the collaborative leadership of a research agenda 3) to provide seed money for emerging research directions, including those of an interdisciplinary nature.
Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University: Ph.D, Robotics/Machine Learning 2004
Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University: M.Sc, Robotics/Machine Learning 2001
University of Waterloo: B.A.Sc, Systems Design Engineering 1998
- Member of the Centre for Intelligent Machines (CIM) at McGill
Media Appearances (7)
Montréal: star de l'intelligence artificielle
La Presse online
Microsoft to grow Monteral AI ecosystem
McGill Reporter online
Comment une machine devient-elle intelligente?
Le Devoir online
Montréal, prochaine Silicon Valley de l'intelligence artificielle
Seven emerging researchers given national honour
Joelle Pineau named CIFAR Fellow
Experts: Google AI against GO Champion
Research Grants (6)
Google Focused Research Award
National Centre of Excellence (AGE-WELL)
National Centre of Excellence
NSERC / CIHR Collaborative Health Research Projects
NSERC / CIHR
NSERC Strategic network (Canadian Field Robotics Network)
NSERC Discovery Grant (Individual)
CIHR Operating Grant / Collaborative Health Research Development Grant