Léon Bottou received the Diplôme d’Ingénieur de l’École Polytechnique (X84) in 1987, the Magistère de Mathématiques Fondamentales et Appliquées et d’Informatique from École Normale Superieure in 1988, and a Ph.D. In Computer Science from Université de Paris-Sud in 1991. Léon went to AT&T Bell Laboratories, AT&T Labs, NEC Labs America, and Microsoft Research. He joined the Facebook AI Research in March 2015.

The long term goal of Léon’s research is to understand how to build human-level intelligence. Although reaching this goal requires conceptual advances that cannot be anticipated at this point, it certainly entails clarifying how to learn and how to reason. Leon Bottou best known contributions are his work on “deep” neural networks in the 1990s, his work on large scale learning in the 2000’s, and possibly his recent work on causal inference in learning systems. Léon is also know for the DjVu document compression technology.


AI, Machine Learning, Optimization, Computer Vision, Signal Processing, Natural Language Processing, Data Compression