EP13 – Data Scientist : Yoshua Bengio

Hello People,

Here is the third article of my series concerning famous Data Scientists. Today we will speak about the outstanding Yoshua Bengio; one of the leading figures behind the rise of deep learning.

So we will follow the following steps.
(1) Who is this Data Scientist?
(2) What is his work about?
(3) How can I benefit of such learning insights in my career path & theme selection?

Who is this Data Scientist?

Being a French-born (March 5, 1964), Yoshua Bengio is a Canadian computer scientist, well known for his groundbreaking work in artificial intelligence and specifically for his discoveries in deep learning. Author of publications dating as from 1995, the latter focuses on understanding principles of learning that yield intelligence.

In 1993, he became a faculty member at the Université de Montréal and  is a fellow of the Learning in Machines & Brains project of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He is also a full professor of the department of computer science & operations research, head of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA), co-director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) program on Learning in machines & brains and Canada research chair in statistical learning algorithms.

What is his work about?

As he says “AI will allow for much more personalized medicine.” Bengio is mainly focused on understanding the mechanisms giving rise to intelligence; understanding the underlying principles would deliver artificial intelligence, and believes that learning algorithms are essential in this quest.

How can I benefit of such learning insights in my career path & theme selection?

Bengio is an outstanding Data Scientist. However, I really don’t think that I will study neural science or related fields. Although getting insights about intelligence should be interesting. Again, being data driven; I look forward to have deeper knowledge about deep thinking orientated to data analysis.

Conclusion : Bengio’s work is to be noted as an important reference in the Intelligence field. On top of that, the latter do carry forward insights over algorithm thinking which is indeed fantastic. However, Bengio is an Engineer and is inclined to do research work related to neural science and artificial intelligence. Thus, Bengio, could not be considered as a role model for me, again, due to my future scope being more statistically orientated and data mining focused rather than intelligence research focus.

-L-

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