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Scientific Director, Swiss AI Lab, IDSIA (USI & SUPSI); Chief Scientist, NNAISENSE; and the Father of Modern AI
Since age 15 or so, the main goal of professor Jürgen Schmidhuber has been to build a self-improving Artificial Intelligence (AI) smarter than himself, then retire. The media have called him the father of modern AI. His lab's deep learning methods (developed since the early 1990s) have revolutionised Machine Learning, and are now (2017) available to billions of users through the world's most valuable public companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, etc.
His team was the first to win official computer vision contests through deep neural nets, with superhuman performance. His research group also established the field of mathematically rigorous universal AI and recursive self-improvement in optimal universal problem solvers that learn to learn. His formal theory of creativity & curiosity & fun explains art, science, music, and humor. He also generalized algorithmic information theory and the many-worlds theory of physics, and introduced the concept of Low-Complexity Art, the information age's extreme form of minimal art. He is recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award "for pioneering contributions to deep learning and neural networks," and Chief Scientist of the company NNAISENSE, which aims at building the first practical general purpose AI.