Yoshua Bengio (computer science PhD, 1991, McGill U; post-docs at MIT and Bell Labs, computer science professor at U. Montréal since 1993)
He authored three books, over 500 publications (h-index 117, more than 120,000 citations), mostly in deep learning, holds a Canada Research Chair in Statistical Learning Algorithms, is Officer of the Order of Canada, recipient of the Marie-Victorin Quebec Prize 2017, Fellow of the Roual Society of Canada, and he is a CIFAR Senior Fellow and co-directs its Learning in Machines and Brains program. He is scientific director of the Mila, currently the largest academic research group on deep learning. He is on the NIPS foundation board (previously program chair and general chair), co-created the ICLR conference (specialized in deep learning) and is scientific co-director of IVADO. He pioneered deep learning and his goal is to contribute to uncover the principles giving rise to intelligence through learning, as well as favour the development of AI for the benefit of all.