28 MAR 2019

Yann LeCun, scientific director of artificial intelligence (IA) at Facebook, Silver professor at New York University, received the prestigious Turing Award, considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for computer science. Awarded on Wednesday, March 27, he won the award with two other researchers, Geoffrey Hinton and Yoshua Bengio.

An alumnus of Sorbonne University, Yann LeCun obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1987 from the Robotics Laboratory of Paris (today Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics1). Specialized in artificial intelligence, he is considered one of the inventors of deep learning.

After being a member of the NEC Research Institute at Princeton, in 2003 he became a professor at New York University where he founded the Center for Data Sciences, which he headed for a few years. He works in particular on the technological development of autonomous cars.

In 2013, he joined Facebook to create and run the artificial intelligence laboratory FAIR (Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research) in New York, Menlo Park and, since 2015, in Paris. His work includes the recognition of images and videos.

He was the Chair of "Computer Science and Digital Sciences" at the College de France in 2016, and was appointed scientific director of the Facebook AI in 2018.

Recognized as one of the pioneers of artificial neural networks, he received the "IEEE Neural Network Pioneer Award" in 2014 and the "IEEE PAMI Distinguished Researcher Award" in 2015.

Sorbonne University would like to congratulate Yann LeCun for obtaining the Turing Prize.


1 Sorbonne University - CNRS