Pascal Poupart
  • Professor, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo

    Faculty Member, Vector Institute

    Canada CIFAR Artificial Intelligence Chair

    Member, Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute

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Research Interests

  • Machine Learning and Probabilistic Models
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Material Design


Pascal is a Professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. He served as Research Director and Principal Research Scientist at the Waterloo Borealis AI Research Lab funded by the Royal Bank of Canada (2018-2020). His research focuses on reinforcement learning and machine learning more generally  with application to natural language processing, sports analytics and material design. He is most well known for his contributions to the development of Reinforcement Learning algorithms. Notable projects that his research team are currently working on include probabilistic deep learning, robust machine learning, data efficient reinforcement learning, conversational agents, automated document editing, adaptive satisfiability and knowledge graphs. Pascal completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Toronto, his Master’s degree at the University of British Columbia and undergraduate degree at McGill University. Pascal served as scientific advisor for ElementAI, DialPad, ProNavigator, Scribendi and his research collaborators also include Google, Microsoft, Intel, Ford, Manulife, Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, Kik Interactive, In the Chat, Slyce, HockeyTech, the Alzheimer Association, the UW-Schlegel Research Institute for Aging, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.


  • David R. Cheriton Faculty Fellowship (2015-2018)
  • Runner up best student paper award (SAT-2017)
  • Best main track solver and best application solver (SAT-2016 Competition)
  • Best paper award runner-up (UAI-2008)
  • Ontario Early Researcher Award (2008-2013)

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