Université de Montréal / Mila


Recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in artificial intelligence and a pioneer in deep learning, Yoshua Bengio studied in Montreal, earned his Ph.D. in computer science from McGill University in 1991, and did post-doctoral studies at MIT.

Since 1993, he has been a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research at the Université de Montréal, and he holds the Canada Research Chair in Statistical Learning Algorithms. In addition, he is Scientific Director of IVADO and Mila, the Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute, the world’s largest deep learning academic research group.

An Officer of the Order of Canada, he is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the recipient of the Marie-Victorin Prize in 2017, and was named Radio-Canada’s Scientist of the Year for 2017. In 2018, he was awarded the 50th anniversary medal of Quebec’s Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie.

Yoshua Bengio is one of the world’s most cited computer scientists, thanks to his three books and more than 500 publications. His h-index stands at 135, with more than 165,500 Google Scholar citations. His ambition is to understand the principles that lead to intelligence through learning, as well as promote the development of artificial intelligence for the benefit of all.

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