Joelle Pineau is a renowned professor, researcher, and AI expert, splitting her time between McGill University and Meta. At McGill, she is a Professor and William Dawson Scholar at the School of Computer Science, where she co-directs the Reasoning and Learning Lab. She is also a core academic member of Mila and a Canada CIFAR AI chairholder.
In addition to her academic roles, Dr. Pineau is a VP of AI research at Meta (previously Facebook), where she leads the Fundamental AI Research (FAIR) team. She has a solid educational background, with a BASc in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MSc and Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Pineau's research is focused on developing innovative models and algorithms for planning and learning in complex, partially-observable domains. She applies these algorithms to address challenging problems in robotics, healthcare, games, and conversational agents. Her work has contributed significantly to advancing AI research, and she has published extensively in top-tier conferences and journals.
Dr. Pineau is an editorial board member of the Journal of Machine Learning Research and has served as the Past-President of the International Machine Learning Society. Her contributions to the field have been recognized with several prestigious awards and honors, including the NSERC's E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship in 2018, a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), and a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists by the Royal Society of Canada. She is also a 2019 recipient of the Governor General's Innovation Awards.