The IEEE Board of Directors has selected Professor Geoffrey Hinton
to receive the 2016 IEEE/RSE James Clerk Maxwell Medal
, which is given for groundbreaking contributions that have had an exceptional impact on the development of electronics and electrical engineering or related fields.
The award comes with the following citation:
"For pioneering and sustained contributions to machine learning, including developments in deep neural networks."
Professor Hinton is widely recognized as the "Godfather of Deep Learning".
The IEEE Medals are the highest awards that are presented by IEEE. IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association, is dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Learn more about IEEE Awards at www.ieee.org/awards.
Read more about Professor Hinton’s groundbreaking work in U of T Magazine.