Few people have influenced theoretical and empirical progress on deep learning as much as Yoshua Bengio. From the earliest days of his career, he pursued an interest in the broad area of machine learning, then still a marginal discipline whose potential had not yet been demonstrated, in which he has become a pioneer since the start of the century. Deep learning is now the most active field in the sphere of artificial intelligence. Since then, his contributions have had a structuring impact on information technology throughout the world. His research has led to major breakthroughs in the field of artificial intelligence, particularly in speech recognition, computer vision and natural-language modelling.
As founder and scientific director of Mila – Quebec AI Institute, Professor Bengio has assembled over 1,000 researchers into what is now the world's largest centre for university research on deep learning. The advances that he has overseen have generated scientific-discovery tools that will be useful both in artificial intelligence and in other fields and that are raising great hopes for the creation of new applications that will be useful to society as a whole, especially in the fields of health and the environment. They are also helping to answer some essential questions in the search for an understanding of human intelligence.
From Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
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