There are a number of prizes dedicated for personalities who excel in a specific field. Turing Award is also a such an award. It is an annual prize given by the Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) to an individual selected for contributions “of lasting and major technical importance to the computer field”. The Turing Award is well-known as the highest distinction in Computer Science. Therefore it’s known as the Nobel Prize of Computing. This award brings along with it a $1 million prize which will be split between the winners.

Winners of the Turing award for the year 2018 were declared a few days back. Accordingly, this time the winners were three pioneers in Artificial Intelligence, Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun.  

Yoshua Bengio

He has been a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Operational Research at the Université de Montréal since 2003. Yoshua Benigo is the founder and scientific director of Mila, the Quebec Institute of Artificial Intelligence, the world’s largest university-based research group in deep learning, and he is also the Canada Research Chair in Statistical Learning Algorithms. Dr. Bengio is now working on linked deals with IBM and Microsoft. He is a person who actively contributed to the development of the Montreal Declaration for Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence.

Geoffrey Hinton

He had designed a number of machine learning algorithms. His aim is to discover a learning procedure that is efficient at finding complex structure in large and high-dimensional data sets. Through that he’s trying to show that this is how the brain learns to see. He was one of the researchers who introduced the back-propagation algorithm and the first to use backpropagation for learning word embeddings. Furthermore, Hinton’s other contributions to neural network research include Boltzmann machines, distributed representations, time-delay neural nets, mixtures of experts, variational learning, products of experts and deep belief nets. Dr. Hinton now works as VP and engineering fellow at Google.

Yann LeCun

He is popular for his work on optical character recognition and computer vision using convolutional neural networks (CNN). And also he is a founding father of convolutional nets. YannLeCun is also one of the main creators of the DjVu image compression technology. He co-developed the Lush programming language with Léon Bottou. Dr. LeCun now works as the Chief AI Scientist for Facebook

Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun are also considered as the ‘godfathers of AI’, because they have worked independently and together to develop conceptual foundations for the field. Their work had been mainly based on developing the AI subfield of deep learning. These deep learning methods have paved the way to many breakthroughs in the fields of computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing, and robotics among others. From self-driving cars to automated medical diagnoses, all those innovations are based on their concepts.

This article contains only few key points about them. But the service they have done to this world in terms of technology is truly impressive. They have received a great number of awards in recognition of their service so far. Therefore if you are interested to know more about them and their services, just surf the internet and see… You’ll definitely be inspired by them!