Professor University of Montreal | Mila - Quebec AI Institute
59 YEARS OLD
Yoshua Bengio is a globally recognized expert in the field of artificial intelligence, renowned for his significant contributions to artificial neural networks and deep learning. He currently holds the position of Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research at the Université de Montréal. As the Founder and Scientific Director of Mila – Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute, he leads one of Canada's largest academic institutes in deep learning and is one of the three federally-funded centers of excellence in AI research and innovation in the country.
Dr. Bengio earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from McGill University in 1991 and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Since 1993, he has been a faculty member at UdeM. Dr. Bengio's passion for the social impact of AI is evident in his role as a co-chair of Canada's Advisory Council on AI and his contribution to the Montreal Declaration for the Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence.
In 2018, Dr. Bengio received the prestigious A.M. Turing Award, alongside Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun, for their vital contributions and advances in deep learning. His exceptional scientific contributions have garnered him many awards, including the 2019 Killam Prize for Natural Sciences, the 2017 Government of Québec Marie-Victorin Award, and the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian AI Association. He was also named Radio-Canada's Scientist of the Year in 2017 and inducted into the Royal Society of London in 2020.
Bengio was born in France but moved to Canada when he was just six years old.
He signed an open letter to slow down development of AI systems passing the Turing test
With the arrival of ChatGPT, we have witnessed a shift in the attitudes of companies, for whom the challenge of commercial competition has increased tenfold. There is a real risk that they will rush into developing these giant AI systems, leaving behind good habits of transparency and open science they have developed over the past decade of AI research.
We must all apply self-attention mechanisms to achieve world peace