Frontiers of Knowledge Award for Bernhard Schölkopf
BBVA Foundation hosted ceremony in Bilbao
The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Information and Communications Technology category has gone in this twelfth edition to Bernhard Schölkopf as well as to Isabelle Guyon and Vladimir Vapnik for their “fundamental contributions to machine learning,” in the words of the committee.
The methods they developed in artificial intelligence are “transforming the everyday world, improving fields as diverse as medical diagnosis, computer vision, natural language processing and the monitoring of climate change. Vapnik, Guyon and Schölkopf,” the citation continues, “have collectively performed ground-breaking research that transcends traditional boundaries in computer science, and deservedly rank among the world’s leading innovators.”
The ceremony of the 12th and 13th editions of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards, which was held at the Euskalduna Conference Centre in Bilbao, highlighted the value of science and culture in tackling the great global challenges facing humanity, above and beyond the pandemic; among them, the environmental emergency, a profound technological transformation, and the risk of new economic crises.