A pioneer of deep learning and founder of Mila, the Université de Montréal professor is near the pinnacle of the world's best computer scientists, according to the online research portal.
On May 10, the Guide2Research online research portal unveiled the 2021 edition of its prestigious ranking of the world’s best researchers in computer science and electronics – and Université de Montréal’s Yoshua Bengio placed second.
Earning the top spot in Canada, Bengio scored 182 on the h-index, a measure of a scientist's scientific productivity, cumulative impact and research influence. In first place was Michigan State University biometrics expert Anil Jain, with a score of 196.
Recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on artificial intelligence, Bengio has played a pioneering role in deep learning that has earned him the 2018 A.M. Turing Award, the “Nobel Prize of computer science,” along with Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun.
In addition to supervising a group of students at UdeM, Bengio serves as scientific director of the UdeM-affiliated Mila - Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute and of IVADO.
Guide2Research is an online research portal widely used by the computer-science community. It bases its rankings on the h-index provided by Google Scholar and by DBLP, a German-based computer science bibliography website.
Now in its seventh edition, the annual Guide2Research ranking includes only top scientists with an h-index of at least 40. An h-index value of 60 or more is considered exceptional.