Inaugural Raj Reddy Artificial Intelligence Lecture

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 – 10:00am to 11:30am


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50 Years at CMU https://www.cs.cmu.edu/events/raj-reddy-50

Join the School of Computer Science as we mark the 50th anniversary of Raj Reddy’s arrival at Carnegie Mellon University with the inaugural Raj Reddy Artificial Intelligence Lecture. During this landmark event, you’ll hear from 2018 Turing Award winners Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun.  Former Executive Vice President of Artificial Intelligence and Research at Microsoft Harry Shum, CMU President Farnam Jahanian, and SCS Dean Martial Hebert will also offer remarks.


Featured Speakers

Yoshua BengioProfessor, Department of Computer Science and Operational Research, Université de Montréal
  —  One of the world’s artificial intelligence leaders and a pioneer of deep learning, Bengio has been a professor since 1993 at the Université de Montréal. He is the program director of the CIFAR program on Learning in Machines and Brains, and is the founder and scientific director of Mila — the Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute — which is the world’s largest university-based deep learning research group. In 2018, he collected the largest number of new citations in the world for a computer scientist. He earned the prestigious Killam Prize, and is a fellow of both the Royal Society of London and Canada. Concerned about the social impact of AI, he actively contributed to the Montreal Declaration for the Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence.

Geoffrey HintonEmeritus Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Toronto
  —  Hinton received his Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from Edinburgh University in 1978. After five years as a faculty member at CMU, he became a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and moved to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, where he is now an emeritus professor. Hinton was one of the researchers who introduced the backpropagation algorithm and the first to use backpropagation for learning word embeddings. His other contributions to neural network research include Boltzmann machines, distributed representations, time-delay neural nets, mixtures of experts, variational learning and deep learning. His research group in Toronto made major breakthroughs in deep learning that revolutionized speech recognition and object classification. Hinton is a fellow of the UK Royal Society and a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His awards include the David E. Rumelhart prize, the IJCAI award for research excellence, the Killam prize for Engineering, the IEEE Frank Rosenblatt medal, the NSERC Herzberg Gold Medal, the IEEE James Clerk Maxwell Gold medal, the NEC C&C award, the BBVA award, the Honda Prize and the Turing Award.

Yann LeCunVP and Chief AI Scientist, Facebook AI
  —  LeCun received an engineering diploma from ESIEE Paris and a Ph.D. from Sorbonne Université. After completing a postdoc in Toronto, he joined AT&T Bell Labs in 1988 and became head of image processing research at AT&T Labs in 1996. He joined NYU as a professor in 2003 and Facebook in 2013. His interests include AI machine learning, computer perception, robotics and computational neuroscience. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

Harry ShumFormer Executive Vice President, Artificial Intelligence and Research, Microsoft
  —  Shum is a world-renowned business executive, computer scientist and educator.  As the executive vice president of Artificial Intelligence and Research at Microsoft, he led Microsoft Research — one of the world’s premier computer science research organizations — and was responsible for driving the company’s overall AI strategy and forward-looking research and development efforts spanning infrastructure, services, and apps and agents such as Bing, Xiaoice and Cortana. He left Microsoft in February 2020 after 23 years to pursue new opportunities in education, business and technology. Shum was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2017, and the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK in 2018. He was named both an IEEE and ACM fellow for his contributions to computer vision and computer graphics. He received his Ph.D. in robotics from the School of Computer Science at CMU.

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