Machines that can mimic human intelligence, known as “artificial intelligence,” are expected to dramatically change the way humans live. The technology is expected to boost a number of emerging technologies, from cars that drive themselves, to the internet of things, in which an endless number of devices are connected via the cloud. 

Artificial intelligence still has a long way to go. For example, researchers are just beginning to make breakthroughs in the many branches of artificial intelligence, including machine learning, deep learning, and neural networks. You can think of these as subsets of artificial intelligence in which engineers figure out ways to program machines to learn on their own, just like you do. Here are a few well-known researchers around the world who are working on these very solutions. 

The name Andrew Ng is practically synonymous with machine learning. A co-founder of Coursera and, Ng is considered one of the foremost researchers in both machine and deep learning. An adjunct professor of computer science at Stanford University, Ng co-founded the Google Brain project, a deep learning artificial intelligence research group at Google.

Veronique Ventos, founding CTO of NukkAI, is well known as one of France’s top artificial intelligence researchers. An associate professor at Paris Saclay University, she performs important research with the machine learning team at the university’s Laboratory of Computer Science.

Jürgen Schmidhuber is perhaps most famous for his research into artificial intelligence, deep learning, and neural networks. The Swedish researcher has been dubbed “the father of modern artificial intelligence.” Along with his students, he’s done leading research on a number of deep-learning techniques that have allowed machine learning to evolve in new ways. 

Miku Hirano is the founder of Cinnamon, a Japanese startup that works with disruptive AI technology to expand human potential. She was chosen by Nikkei Newspaper as one of the 40 young leaders who will influence Japan’s future.

Geoffrey Hinton, dubbed “the godfather of deep learning,” is an Emeritus Distinguished Professor at the University of Toronto and a Google Brain researcher well known for his work on artificial neural networks.

Latifa Al-Abdulkarim is an assistant professor of artificial intelligence and researcher in artificial intelligence and law at the University of Liverpool-UK & Saudi Arabia. Not only is she instructing the next generation of AI experts, she’s also guided the Saudi government as an advisor on the technology. In doing so, she’s helped pave the way for Saudi Arabia’s strategic direction around AI and AI governance. 

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