GG06-2019-0122-016 29/05/2019 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, present the Governor General’s Innovation Awards to Dr. Joelle Pineau - Montréal, Québec during a ceremony held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa,Ont. on May 29, 2019. *** Son Excellence la très honorable Julie Payette, gouverneure générale du Canada, présente le prix du Gouverneur général pour l’innovation au Dr. Joelle Pineau - Montréal, Québec pendant une cérémonie tenue à Rideau Hall, Ottawa,Ont. le 29 mai 2019. Credit/Mention de source : Mcpl / Cplc Mathieu Gaudreault, Rideau Hall, OSGG-BSGG, 2019
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.
For a deeper understanding of Dr. Pineau’s work, please see the introductory video presented during the 2019 Governor General’s Innovation Awards ceremony: