Olivier Pietquin obtained an Electrical Engineering degree from the Faculty of Engineering, Mons (FPMs, Belgium) in June 1999 and a PhD degree in April 2004. In 2011, he received the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (French Tenure) from the University Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France). He joined the FPMs Signal Processing department (TCTS Lab.) in September 1999. In 2001, he has been a visiting researcher at the Speech and Hearing lab of the University of Sheffield (UK). Between 2004 and 2005, he was a Marie-Curie Fellow at the Philips Research lab in Aachen (Germany). From 2005 to 2013 he was a professor at the Metz campus of the Ecole Superieure d'Electricite (Supelec, France), and headed the "Information, Multimodality & Signal" (IMS) research group from 2006 to 2010 when the group joined the UMI 2958 (GeorgiaTech - CNRS). In 2012, he headed the Machine Learning and Interactive Systems group (MaLIS). From 2007 to 2010, he was also a member of the IADI INSERM research team (in biomedical signal processing). He was a full member of the UMI 2958 (GeorgiaTech - CNRS) from 2010 to 2013 and coordinated the computer science department of this international lab. After that, he joined the University Lille ! as a Full Professor at University Lille 1, affiliated to the CRIStAL (UMR CNRS 9189) lab's SequeL Team (also INRIA team-project). In 2014, he has been appointed at the Institut Universitaire de France as a junior fellow. He is now on leave with Google DeepMind in London. Olivier Pietquin sat on the IEEE Speech and Language Technical Committee from 2009 to 2012 and he is a Senior IEEE member since 2011. His research interests include spoken dialog systems evaluation, simulation and automatic optimisation, machine learning (especially direct and inverse reinforcement learning), speech and signal processing. He authored or co-authored over 100 publications in these domains.
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