February 12, 2021
This week in The History of AI at AIWS.net – the ACM named Yoshua Bengio, Geofrrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun recipients of the Turing Award in 2018
This week in The History of AI at AIWS.net – the ACM named Yoshua Bengio, Geofrrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun recipients of the Turing Award in 2018 for breakthroughs that made deep neural networks critical in computing. The Turing Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the field, as it is often considered the Nobel Prize of Computer Science. Other winners include Marvin Minsky and Judea Pearl, both of whom made enormous contributions to Artificial Intelligence.
Yoshua Bengio is a Canadian computer scientist, most notable for his works on neural networks and deep learning. He is an influential scholar, being one of the most cited computer scientists. In the 1990s and 2000s, he helped make deep advancements in the field of deep learning. Bengio is also a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Yann LeCun is a French computer scientist, renowned for his work on deep learning and artificial intelligence. He is also notable for contributions to robotics and computational neuroscience. He is the Silver Professor of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU. In addition, LeCun is the Chief AI Scientist for Facebook.
Geoffrey Hinton is an English-Canadian cognitive psychologist and computer scientist. He is most notable for his work on neural networks. He co-authored the seminal paper on backpropagation, “Learning representations by back-propagating errors”, in 1986. He is also known for his work into Deep Learning. Hinton, along with Yoshua Bengio and Yann LeCun (who was a postdoctorate student of Hinton), are considered the “Fathers of Deep Learning”.
The History of AI Initiative considers this award and the recipients important because they play an important role in Deep Learning, which is a field of Machine Learning, part of Artificial Intelligence. It is an acknowledgement of how far AI has developed, and thus, is a part of the History of AI.