Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun have been awarded the tech world’s highest honour for their pioneering work in artificial intelligence, the Association for Computing Machinery recently announced.
The computer scientists, working both independently and together, helped advance the thinking and application of neural networks, the technology that allows computers to recognise patterns, interpret language and glean insights from complex data.
“Artificial intelligence is now one of the fastest-growing areas in all of science and one of the most talked-about topics in society,” said Cherri Pancake, president of the computer society. “The growth of and interest in AI is due, in no small part, to the recent advances in deep learning for which Bengio, Hinton and LeCun laid the foundation.”
The trio’s efforts to popularise algorithms that extract patterns in data was initially met with scepticism, the association said, but their commitment to artificial intelligence research has led to breakthroughs in many areas of computer science.