Joelle Pineau

Associate Professor, School of Computer Science; Co-director, Reasoning and Learning Lab, McGill University

Machine Learning Researcher; Professor of Computer Science and William Dawson Scholar at McGill University; Senior Fellow at CIFAR


Artificial Intelligence, Made in Canada

Artificial Intelligence researcher Joelle Pineau from McGill University, gives an engaging talk on cognitive robotics at the Third Annual Canada 2020 Conferencce on Nov. 3, 2016.

Microsoft to grow Monteral AI ecosystem

Montréal, prochaine Silicon Valley de l'intelligence artificielle

Joelle Pineau named CIFAR Fellow

Experts: Google AI against GO Champion

Comment une machine devient-elle intelligente?


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Additional Titles and Affiliations

Member of the Centre for Intelligent Machines (CIM) at McGill

Research Grants

National Centre of Excellence (AGE-WELL)

Organization: National Centre of Excellence
Date: January 1, 2015
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NSERC / CIHR Collaborative Health Research Projects

Organization: NSERC / CIHR
Date: January 1, 2015
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NSERC Discovery Grant (Individual)

Organization: NSERC
Date: January 1, 2005
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NSERC Strategic network (Canadian Field Robotics Network)

Organization: NSERC
Date: January 1, 2012
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Google Focused Research Award

Organization: Google
Date: November 1, 2016
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CIHR Operating Grant / Collaborative Health Research Development Grant

Organization: CIHR
Date: January 1, 2006
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  • Robotics
  • Reinforcement learning and probabilistic inference
  • Planning, learning, and decision making
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Machine Learning
  • Adaptive treatment design


  • University of Waterloo
    Systems Design Engineering
    B.A.Sc, 1998

  • Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
    Robotics/Machine Learning
    Ph.D, 2004

  • Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
    Robotics/Machine Learning
    M.Sc, 2001