18 Facts About Yann LeCun


Yann Andre LeCun is a French computer scientist working primarily in the fields of machine learning, computer vision, mobile robotics and computational neuroscience.


Yann LeCun is the Silver Professor of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University and Vice-President, Chief AI Scientist at Meta.


Yann LeCun is well known for his work on optical character recognition and computer vision using convolutional neural networks, and is a founding father of convolutional nets.


Yann LeCun is one of the main creators of the DjVu image compression technology.


Yann LeCun co-developed the Lush programming language with Leon Bottou.


Yann LeCun was born at Soisy-sous-Montmorency in the suburbs of Paris.


Yann LeCun's name was originally spelled Le Cun from the old Breton form Le Cunff and was from the region of Guingamp in northern Brittany.


Yann LeCun received a Diplome d'Ingenieur from the ESIEE Paris in 1983 and a PhD in Computer Science from Universite Pierre et Marie Curie in 1987 during which he proposed an early form of the back-propagation learning algorithm for neural networks.


Yann LeCun is a professor at the Tandon School of Engineering.


On 9 December 2013, Yann LeCun became the first director of Meta AI Research in New York City, and stepped down from the NYU-CDS directorship in early 2014.


Yann LeCun was the chair and organiser of the "Learning Workshop" held every year between 1986 and 2012 in Snowbird, Utah.


Yann LeCun is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA.


Yann LeCun is the Co-Director of the Learning in Machines and Brain research program of CIFAR.


Yann LeCun is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the French Academie des Sciences.


Yann LeCun has received honorary doctorates from IPN in Mexico City in 2016, from EPFL in 2018 and from Universite Cote d'Azur in 2021.


In 2017, Yann LeCun declined an invitation to lecture at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia because he believed he would be considered a terrorist in the country in view of his atheism.


In 2018 Yann LeCun was awarded the IRI Medal, established by the Industrial Research Institute.


In March 2019, Yann LeCun won the Turing award, sharing it with Yoshua Bengio and Geoffrey Hinton.