Francis Bach

Research Director

Francis Bach is a researcher at Inria and since 2011 leads the machine learning statistical team of the Computer Science Department of the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) which is shared between the CNRS, the ENS and Inria. He has been an associate professor at the ENS since 2016. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique (1997) and obtained his thesis in Computer Science from the University of Berkeley in 2005, under the supervision of Professor Michael Jordan. After two years at the Center for Mathematical Morphology at the Ecole des Mines de Paris, he joined the CNRS / ENS / Inria artificial vision team from 2007 to 2010.
He is mainly interested in the algorithmic and theoretical aspects of machine learning, and more specifically in parsimonious methods, kernel-based methods, large-scale optimization, artificial vision and signal processing.
Francis Bach received a “Starting Grant” in 2009 and a “Consolidator Grant” in 2016 from the European Research Council. He received the Inria Young Researcher Prize in 2012, the “test-of-time ICML” prize in 2014, as well as the Lagrange Prize in continuous optimization in 2018 and the Jean-Jacques Moreau Prize in 2019. In 2015, he was co-president of the program committee of the International Conference in Machine Learning (ICML) and its president in 2018. He is currently co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR).