I am an Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Software/Computer/Electrical Engineering at Université Laval (Québec City, Canada). I am also affiliated with Mila — Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute (Montreal, Canada) through a Canada CIFAR AI Chair.

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Audrey Durand
Canada CIFAR AI Chair
Assistant Professor

Computer Science and Software Engineering Department
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Université Laval
Québec (QC) G1V 0A6

Email: audrey.durand@ift.ulaval.ca

Research interests

My research is mostly focused on:

  • Reinforcement Learning (RL)
  • Bandits
  • Applied RL and bandits
  • Applications related to healthcare

See my recent publications for examples of my research.


I currently (co-)supervise these students:

  • Mathieu Godbout (PhD candidate)
  • Alexandre Larouche (MSc candidate, co-supervised by Richard Khoury)
  • Rupali Bhati (MSc candidate)
  • Antoine Gariépy (MSc candidate)
  • Frédéric Dulude-de-Broin (PhD candidate, co-supervised with Pierre Legagneux)
  • François-Alexandre Tremblay (MSc candidate, co-supervised with Jonathan Gaudreault)
  • Benoît Turcotte (MSc candidate, co-supervised by Flavie Lavoie-Cardinal)
  • Renaud Bernatchez (MSc candidate, co-supervised with Flavie Lavoie-Cardinal)
  • Albert Michaud-Gagnon (MSc candidate, co-supervised with Flavie Lavoie-Cardinal)
  • Seyed Moustafa Mousavi (MSc candidate, co-supervised with Holly Witteman)
  • Anthony Bilodeau (PhD candidate, co-supervised with Flavie Lavoie-Cardinal)
  • Yasmeen Hitti (PhD candidate, co-supervised with Mark Lefsrud at McGill)


I previously (co-)supervised the following students:

  • Mathieu Godbout, MSc (2019-2020, co-supervised with Luc Lamontagne), now PhD at U. Laval
  • Louis-Émile Robitaille, MSc (2019-2020, co-supervised with Christian Gagné and Flavie Lavoie-Cardinal)

Suggested readings

Here are nice readings to get into RL and bandits: