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Yoshua Bengio

Yoshua Bengio

Credit: Maryse Boyce

Professor Yoshua Bengio OC FRS


Elected: 2020





Yoshua Bengio is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in artificial intelligence and a pioneer in deep learning notably for its neural networks rebirth.

Professor at the Université de Montréal since 1993, he is also the founder and scientific director of Mila – Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute, the world’s largest university-based research group in deep learning. Along with holding the Canada Research Chair in Statistical Learning Algorithms, he co-directs the Learning in Machines and Brains program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research as a Senior Fellow.

His contributions to research are undeniable. In 2018, Yoshua Bengio ranked as the most cited computer scientist worldwide, thanks to numerous publications. Then, he earned the prestigious Killam Prize. At the same period, he received the ACM A.M. Turing Award, ’the Nobel Prize of Computing’, jointly with Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made deep neural networks a critical component of computing. Concerned about the social impact of AI, Yoshua Bengio actively contributed to the Montreal Declaration for the Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence.

Professional positions

Full Professor, Department of Computer Science and Operations Research, University of Montreal

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Computer sciences
    • Artificial intelligence, machine learning, vision
  • Mathematics
    • Statistics and Operational Research
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