Joëlle Pineau

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Joelle Pineau
Alma mater
Scientific career
Thesis Tractable Planning Under Uncertainty: Exploiting Structure (2004)
Academic advisors Sebastian Thrun
Geoffrey J. Gordon

Joëlle Pineau (born 1974) is a Canadian Computer Scientist and Associate Professor at McGill University. She is the lead of Facebook's Artificial Intelligence Research lab (FAIR) in Montreal, Canada.

Early life and education[edit]

Pineau was born in Ottawa, Ontario.[1] She played violin in the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.[1][2] She eventually studied engineering at the University of Waterloo.[3] She completed her postgraduate education in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University in 2004.[3][4] A chapter of Pineau's Masters thesis, Point-based value iteration: An anytime algorithm for POMDPs, has been published and cited almost 1,000 times.[5] Her doctoral thesis, Tractable Planning Under Uncertainty: Exploiting Structure, was supervised by Sebastian Thrun and Geoff Gordon.[6]


Pineau develops models for algorithms and models that allow learning in partially complex domains.[3] She is co-director of McGill University's Reasoning and Learning Lab.[7] She founded two start-ups that develop robotic assistants for the elderly; the SmartWheeler initiative and the Nursebot platform.[8][9] SmartWheeler is a multi-modal wheelchair that combines artificial intelligence and robotics.[10]

She is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.[3] In 2016 she was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.[11] Pineau investigates approaches to personal medicine, using data from medical charts, X-ray images, clinical notes and lab reports to generate new treatment strategies.[12] She teaches Artificial intelligence how to analyse medical scans.[13] Her team have used Deep learning for detecting seizures.[14] She is an editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research and the Journal of Machine Learning Research.[15][16] She has given lectures for the Artificial Intelligence Channel.[17]

In 2017 Pineau was appointed the head of the Facebook AI Research Lab in Montreal.[18] She won a Facebook Research Award.[19] She spoke at the third annual Canada 2020 conference.[20] Here she focuses on reinforcement learning, deep learning, computer vision and video understanding.[18] In 2018 she won the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship.[12] She challenges Artificial intelligence research that is not reproducible.[21] She is President of the International Machine Learning Society.[22][23]


  1. ^ a b Castonguay, Alec. "Le CV : Joëlle Pineau". L’actualité (in French). Retrieved 2018-07-28. 
  2. ^ "Facebook: Qui est Joëlle Pineau, la femme qui pèse dans le milieu de l'intelligence artificielle?". (in French). Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Joelle Pineau's Home". Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Bio - Joelle Pineau". CIFAR. Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  5. ^ Krause, Alex. "Point-based value iteration: An anytime algorithm for POMDPs". The Robotics Institute Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved 2018-07-28. 
  6. ^ "Joelle Pineau - The Robotics Institute Carnegie Mellon University". Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  7. ^ "Joëlle Pineau to head new Facebook AI (FAIR) lab in Montreal : McGill Reporter". Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  8. ^ "Towards Personal Service Robots for the Elderly". Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  9. ^ "Nursebot : Towards Personal Service Robots for the Elderly". Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  10. ^ "Smart wheelchair gives users more autonomy : McGill Reporter". Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  11. ^ "The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists | The Royal Society of Canada". Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  12. ^ a b Division, Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Communications. "NSERC - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships". Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  13. ^ BRUEL, Benjamin (2018-06-29). ""Les machines peuvent être créatives", assure Joëlle Pineau, à la tête du laboratoire FAIR de Facebook à Montréal". Mashable avec France 24 (in French). Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  14. ^ Talathi, S.S. (2017-06-05). "Deep Recurrent Neural Networks for seizure detection and early seizure detection systems". 
  15. ^ "Editorial Team | Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research". Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  16. ^ "JMLR Editorial Board". Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  17. ^ The Artificial Intelligence Channel (2017-11-11), Canada’s Artificial Intelligence Revolution - Dr. Joelle Pineau, retrieved 2018-07-27 
  18. ^ a b "A conversation with Dr. Joëlle Pineau, head of new FAIR lab in Montreal". Facebook Research. Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  19. ^ "Research Award Recipients". Facebook Research. Retrieved 2018-07-28. 
  20. ^ Canada 2020 (2016-11-11), Artificial Intelligence, Made in Canada, retrieved 2018-07-27 
  21. ^ Gershgorn, Dave. "The titans of AI are getting their work double-checked by students". Quartz. Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  22. ^ "RE•WORK | Joelle Pineau". Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  23. ^ "Dr. Joëlle Pineau | The mentor of machines". C2 Montréal. Retrieved 2018-07-27. 

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