Yann LeCun

Facebook AI Research
New York University

Yann LeCun is Vice President and Chief AI Scientist at Facebook and Silver Professor at New York University affiliated with the Courant Institute and the Center for Data Science. He was the Founding Director of Facebook AI Research and of the NYU Center for Data Science. He received an EE diploma from ESIEE in Paris in 1983, a Ph.D. in computer science from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris in 1987. After a postdoc at the University of Toronto, he joined AT&T Bell Laboratories. He became head of the Image Processing Research Department at AT&T Labs-Research in 1996 and joined NYU in 2003 after a short tenure at the NEC Research Institute. In late 2013, LeCun became Director of AI Research at Facebook, while remaining on the NYU Faculty part-time. He was a visiting professor at Collège de France in 2016. His research interests include machine learning and artificial intelligence, with applications to computer vision, natural language understanding, robotics, and computational neuroscience. He is best known for his work in deep learning and the invention of the convolutional network method which is widely used for image, video and speech recognition. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Neural Network Pioneer Award, the 2015 IEEE Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence Distinguished Researcher Award, the 2016 Lovie Award for Lifetime Achievement, the University of Pennsylvania Pender Award, and honorary doctorates from IPN, Mexico and EPFL.

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