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During the mid-80s, Yoshua Bengio began his research in neural networks. This became the gateway to his career in artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning (DL). In his presentation, Yoshua takes us through the evolution of DL: How it started in supervised learning, its progression from speech recognition to computer vision, till it reached human level processing and where we can expect it to go from here. At its core, of AI needs knowledge. Early models of AI failed as human knowledge, such as intuition, is implicit. DL was born as a way to let machines help intelligent decisions on its own. Empowered by increasing computational power and improved algorithms, DL and deep neural networks has advanced rapidly speech recognition, computer vision and natural language processing and visual question answering.

Yoshua Bengio (PhD in CS, McGill University, 1991), post-docs at M.I.T. (Michael Jordan) and AT&T Bell Labs (Yann LeCun), CS professor at Université de Montréal, Canada Research Chair in Statistical Learning Algorithms, NSERC Chair, CIFAR Fellow, member of NIPS foundation board and former program/general chair, co-created ICLR conference, authored two books and over 300 publications, the most cited being in the areas of deep learning, recurrent networks, probabilistic learning, natural language and manifold learning. He is among the most cited Canadian computer scientists and is or has been associate editor of the top journals in machine learning and neural networks.

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