Simon Lacoste-Julien is an associate professor in the department of computer science and operations research at Université de Montréal, a co-founding member and associate scientific director of Mila, and the part-time director of the SAIT AI Lab Montreal from Samsung. He 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. Before joining Université de Montréal, 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 60 scientific publications in machine learning, has served as an area chair for all the major machine learning conferences and is an associate editor for TPAMI, JMLR and TMLR. He received a Google Focused Research Award in 2016 and a CIFAR AI Chair in 2018.