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Yoshua Bengio

Scientific Director, Mila, Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute

Yoshua Bengio (computer science PhD, 1991, McGill U; post-doc at MIT and Bell Labs,
computer science professor at U. Montréal since 1993): he authored three books, over
500 publications (h-index 121, over 129,000 citations), mostly in deep learning, holds a
Canada Research Chair in Statistical Learning Algorithms, is Officer of the Order of
Canada, recipient of the Marie-Victorin Quebec Prize 2017, Fellow of the Royal Society
of Canada, and he is a CIFAR Senior Fellow and co-directs its Learning in Machines and
Brains program. He is scientific director of the Mila, Quebec Artificial Intelligence
Institute, currently the largest academic research group on deep learning. He is on the
NIPS foundation board (previously program chair and general chair), co-created the
ICLR conference (specialized in deep learning) and is scientific co-director of IVADO. He
pioneered deep learning and his goal is to contribute to uncover the principles giving rise
to intelligence through learning, as well as favour the development of AI for the benefit of