Simon Lacoste-Julien received the B.Sc. degree in mathematics, physics and computer science from McGill University, and the PhD degree in computer science from University of California, Berkeley, in 2009. He is currently an associate professor in the department of computer science and operations research at Université de Montréal, a co-founding member of Mila, and heads part-time the SAIT AI Lab Montreal from Samsung. Before that, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at University of Cambridge as well as at Inria Paris, and was an Inria researcher in the Department of Computer Science at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris. His research interests are in machine learning, optimization and statistics with applications to computer vision and natural language processing. He has published more than 45 scientific publications in machine learning and has served as an area chair for all the major machine learning or vision conferences. He received a Google Focused Research Award in 2016 and a CIFAR AI Chair in 2018.