[ See also: an exclusive Interview with Yann LuCun on Radio4Brainport.org about Artifical Intelligence in a Brainport context]
Yann LeCun (Silver Professor New York University and CP and Chief Artificial Intelligence Scientist at Facebook) received the Holst Memorial Lecture Award 2018 “For his important contributions to Computational Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence Research”.
This year's Holst Lecture was the 42nd since 1977. The Holst Lecturer will join the ranks of eminent scientists and/or Nobel laureates like Philippe de Gennes, Hendrik Casimir, Ilya Prigogine, Arno Penzias, Nicholas Negroponte, Alan Heeger, J. Craig Venter and Shuji Nakamura.
The first Holst Memorial Lecture was given in 1977 to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. With support from Philips Research, the Holst Lecture given by a most eminent scientist in a selected research domain to an audience consisting of university staff, students, representatives from industry and other guests with a general interest in science and technology became an annual tradition. Candidates for the Award are selected by an committee under the chairmanship of the Rector Magnificus of the TU/e, the CTO of Royal Philips and the CEO of Signify.
The medalist, Prof Yann LeCun is Silver Professor at NYU affiliated with the Courant Institute and the Center for Data Science and CP/Chief Artificial Intelligence Scientist at Facebook. He was the founding Director of Facebook AI Research and of the NYU Center for Data Science.
He received an EE Diploma from ESIEE (Paris) in 1983, a PhD in Computer Science from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) in 1987. After a postdoc at the University of Toronto, he joined AT&T Bell Laboratories. He became head of the Image Processing Research Department at AT&T Labs-Research in 1996, and joined NYU in 2003 after a short tenure at the NEC Research Institute.
In late 2013, LeCun became Director of AI Research at Facebook, while remaining on the NYU Faculty part-time. He was visiting professor at Collège de France in 2016. His research interests include machine learning and artificial intelligence, with applications to computer vision, natural language understanding, robotics, and computational neuroscience. He is best known for his work in deep learning and the invention of the convolutional network method which is widely used for image, video and speech recognition. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Neural Network Pioneer Award, the 2015 IEEE Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence Distinguished Researcher Award, the 2016 Lovie Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a honorary doctorate from IPN, Mexico.