Ilya Sutskever

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Ilya Sutskever
ResidenceMountain View, California, United States
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
Scientific career
Computer Science
InstitutionsUniversity of Toronto
Doctoral advisorGeoffrey Hinton

Ilya Sutskever is a computer scientist working in machine learning and currently serving as the Chief scientist of OpenAI.[1]

He has made several major contributions to the field of deep learning. He is the co-inventor of AlexNet, a convolutional neural network. He invented Sequence to Sequence Learning, together with Oriol Vinyals and Quoc Le. Sutskever is also co-inventor of AlphaGo, and TensorFlow.[2]


Sutskever obtained his B.Sc, M.Sc, and Ph.D in Computer Science from University of Toronto's Department of Computer Science under the supervision of Geoffrey Hinton.

After graduation in 2012, Sutskever spent two months as a postdoc with Andrew Ng at Stanford University. He then returned to University of Toronto and joined Hinton's new research company DNNResearch, a spinoff of Hinton's research group. Four months later, in March 2013, Google acquired DNNResearch and hired Sutskever as a research scientist at Google Brain.[3]

At Google Brain, Sutskever worked with Oriol Vinyals and Quoc Le to create the sequence to sequence learning algorithm.

In 2015, Sutskever was named in MIT Technology Review's 35 Innovators Under 35.[4]

At the end of 2015 he left Google to become the director of newly founded OpenAI institute.[5][6][7]

Sutskever was the keynote speaker at NVIDIA NTECH 2018 and AI Frontiers Conference 2018.


  1. ^ Metz, Cade (April 19, 2018). "A.I. Researchers Are Making More Than $1 Million, Even at a Nonprofit". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  2. ^ Knight, Will (2016-01-27). "Google's AI Masters the Game of Go a Decade Earlier Than Expected". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  3. ^ McMillan, Robert (2013-03-13). "Google Hires Brains that Helped Supercharge Machine Learning". Wired. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  4. ^ "35 Innovators Under 35: Ilya Sutskever".
  5. ^ "OpenAI Blog".
  6. ^ "Ilya Sutskever's Homepage at University of Toronto".
  7. ^ Metz, Cade (2016-04-27). "Inside OpenAI, Elon Musk's Wild Plan to Set Artificial Intelligence Free". Wired. Retrieved 2019-11-09.