Montreal, QC

Dr. Joelle Pineau - a leader in innovative, personalized, robot-assisted health care.

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Year: 2019

About the Innovation

Dr. Pineau is a leader in the innovative application of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to personalized and robot-assisted health care. She pioneered the development of algorithms to handle a special set of mathematical problems known as partially observable Markov decision processes. These problems involve decision-making techniques where multiple choices are made available over a period of time to a decision maker lacking full knowledge of the context. The ability to handle these decision processes is at the core of machine learning; her work stands as a foundation for several AI advances seen today.

About the Innovator

Dr. Pineau is an associate professor and William Dawson Scholar at McGill University and a member of Mila, the Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute. She also leads the Facebook AI Research lab in Montreal. She holds a B.A.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Pineau’s research focuses on developing and applying new models and algorithms to complex problems in robotics, health care, games and conversational agents. She is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and a senior fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Dr. Joelle Pineau

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