Yann André LeCun is a French-American computer scientist working primarily in the fields of machine learning, computer vision, mobile robotics, and computational neuroscience. He is the Silver Professor of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, and Vice President, Chief AI Scientist at Facebook.
As a professor, researcher, and R&D manager with academic and industry experience in AI, machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, intelligent data analysis, data mining, data compression, digital library systems, and robotics, Yann is known for being a founding father of convolutional nets as well as his work on optical character recognition and computer vision using convolutional neural networks. Yann is also a co-creator of the DjVu image compression technology and co-developed the Lush programming language.
He was the Founding Director of the NYU Center for Data Science where he revolutionized unsupervised learning, and in 2018, Yann was a co-recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award along with Geoffrey Hinton and Yoshua Bengio for their work in deep learning.