The promoters of artificial intelligence win the Princess of Asturias Award for Research

Scientists who are experts in artificial intelligence Geoffrey Hinton, Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio and Demis Hassabis have been awarded this Wednesday in Oviedo with the Princess of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research 2022, which was chosen by 47 candidates from sixteen nationalities.

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These four experts have managed to promote neural networks in recent years, tools based on complex mathematical models that aim to reproduce the functioning of the human brain in a computer and that are applied in robotics, vehicle security systems, voice assistants or translation of Languages.

Hinton (British), LeCun (French-American) and Bengio (Canadian) are considered the fathers of an essential technique of artificial intelligence, deep learning or deep learning, which is based on the use of neural networks for the recognition of voice, computer vision and natural language processing, while Hassabis (British) is the CEO and co-founder of DeepMind, one of the largest artificial intelligence research companies in the world.

The Princess of Asturias Award jury, chaired by the physicist Pedro Manuel Echenique, has highlighted the "extraordinary" impact of this scientific branch for the progress of society.

“Its current and future impact can be described as extraordinary”

His contributions to the development of deep learning represent for the jury a great advance in techniques as diverse as speech recognition, natural language processing, object perception, machine translation, strategy optimization, analysis of the structure of proteins or medical diagnosis, among many others.

"Its current and future impact on the progress of society can be described as extraordinary", concluded the minutes read by Echenique this afternoon in Oviedo.

The candidacy of these four scientists was proposed by the president of the Association for the Development of Artificial Intelligence at Cornell University (United States), Bart Selman.

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