March 29, 2019

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) awarded Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun the A.M. Turing Award 2018 for making breakthroughs in deep neural networks.


  • Name: The A.M. Turing Award is often referred to as the "Nobel Prize of Computing". 

  • Criteria: It is awarded to an individual making contributions of lasting and major technical importance to the computer science. 

  • Presented by: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). ACM is a non-profit professional membership group, headquartered in New York City. 

  • Cash prize: $1 million prize, with financial support provided by Google, Inc. 

  • History: It was first awarded in 1966. 

  • Recipients for 2018: Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun. 
    • They have won it making deep neural networks a critical component of computing. 

    • In recent years, deep learning methods have been responsible for astonishing breakthroughs in computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing, and robotics—among other applications.