Montreal Robotics and Machine Learning Summit 2019

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The Montreal Robotics and Machine Learning Summit brings together a small number of internationally-leading researchers in robotics and machine learning in order to propose and debate strategic challenges at the intersection of these two disciplines. We aim to provide an environment and atmosphere in which big ideas can spring to life and grow into strategic initiatives for the robotics and machine learning communities, without the pressures and distractions usually associated with professional meetings.

The summit follows in the steps of the 2011 Berlin Summit and the 2013 Oxford Summit on Robotic. The theme of the summit this year is: “The difference between embodied intelligence and the current forms of machine intelligence, which so far have had little embodiment”.

Acknowledgement

The summit will be co-chaired by Ingmar Posner (Oxford), Nick Roy (MIT), Philippe Beaudoin (Element AI) and Denis Thérien (Element AI). It will happen in the Montreal office of Element AI from July 16th to July 18th, 2019. The Montreal Robotics and Machine Learning Summit is being generously funded by Element AI.

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Program

The scientific program of the Montreal Robotics and Machine Learning Summit will be concerned with a number of questions determined prior to the meeting by the participants. These will form the basis for interactive and interwoven discussion threads. The intention is to let discussions evolve, including a change in emphasis or initiation of other threads in response to the discussions at the meeting.

Each day will consist of three types of sessions: workshop sessions, speaker’s corner and open debate. The workshop sessions will be articulated around a specific question and proceedings will be led by a team of individuals. Speaker’s corner provides a space for short visionary, provocative or risky statements regarding ideas, topics, views or approaches that would normally not be presented at a conference or workshop. Open debate sessions are scheduled with increasing frequency to provide space for previous discussions to overrun and evolve.

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Questions

Embodied intelligence vs artificial intelligence
Leads: Nick Roy, Blake Richards
What technical challenges are created by embodiment?
What can cognitive science tell us about learning to act in the real world?
Do we have the right tools (network types?) to enable embodied intelligence?

Robots Thinking Fast and Slow
Leads: Ingmar Posner, Vikash Mansinghka
Are these terms a distinction between “reflexive” and “deliberative” modes of cognition?
Do we need deliberative modes? And what role does learning play in
deliberative mode?

Nature vs Nurture: what are the inductive biases for robotics?
Leads: Gaurav Sukhatme, Chris Pal
Are there specific inductive biases useful for robotics?
Or are we holding ourselves back by injecting structure in how robots learn?

Logic and Learning: war of the worlds or divine symbiosis?
Leads: Marc Toussaint, Dorsa Sadigh
Is logic inherently in tension with learning?
Can logic help us say anything formal about learning?

How will the capabilities (or lack thereof) of learning-based approaches affect hardware design?

Leads: Michiel van de Panne, Stefan Schaal
How do our senses affect our learning, and what senses are we missing?
How much can morphological computation actually relieve computation?

Learning in field robotics (and how we know it's working)
Leads: Tim Barfoot, Jeannette Bohg
How can we benchmark progress at the intersection of learning and robotics?

Tuesday, July 16th


Time

What

Location

8:30

Registration & Check In

Element AI - Reception Area
6500 St-Urbain, #500, Montreal, QC, H2S 2G9

9:00

Breakfast

Element AI - Summit HQ

9:45

Workshop 1: Embodied intelligence vs artificial intelligence

Element AI - Summit HQ

11:45

Lunch

Element AI - Cafeteria

13:00

Workshop 2: Robots Thinking Fast and Slow

Element AI - Summit HQ

15:00

Break

Element AI - Summit HQ

15:30

Workshop 3: Nature vs Nurture: what are the inductive biases for robotics?

Element AI - Summit HQ

17:30

Speaker's Corner

Element AI - Summit HQ

19:00

Welcome Dinner

Manitoba Restaurant
271 St-Zotique O, Montreal, QC, H2V1A4



Wednesday, July 17th


Time

What

Location

9:00

Breakfast

Element AI - Summit HQ

9:45

Workshop 4: Logic and Learning: war of the worlds or divine symbiosis?

Element AI - Summit HQ

11:45

Lunch

Element AI - Cafeteria

13:00

Speaker's corner

Element AI - Summit HQ

13:30

Workshop 5: How will the capabilities (or lack thereof) of learning-based approaches affect hardware design?

Element AI - Summit HQ

15:30

Break

Element AI - Summit HQ

16:00

Open debate

Element AI - Summit HQ

17:30

Free time (self-organized group dinners)

Element AI - Summit HQ

21:00

Drinks & Firework (plan time for transit, see below)*

La Ronde, VIP area



Thursday, July 18th

Time

What

Location

9:00

Breakfast

Element AI - Summit HQ

9:45

Workshop 6: Learning in field robotics (and how we know it's working)

Element AI - Summit HQ

11:45

Lunch

Element AI - Cafeteria

13:00

Digest / Closing

Element AI - Summit HQ

14:00

End of summit

Element AI - Summit HQ

* Details on Drinks & Fireworks

  • We'll go see the fireworks from the VIP tribune at La Ronde.
  • There is open bar from 21h to 22h, fireworks are from 22h to 23h.
  • Best way to get to the VIP tribune is using the subway as the bridge closes early. (Taxis are not an option.)
  • Transit from the hotel can take up to 45mins, plan accordingly.
  • We will be organizing groups, but if you're on your own, get out at subway station Jean-Drapeau and take bus 767, get out at La Ronde (there's only one direction on this bus and everybody gets out at that stop). If you have time, it's a nice walk from station Jean-Drapeau.

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Participants

Tim Barfoot, University of Toronto, Canada

Philippe Beaudoin, Element AI, Canada

Yoshua Bengio, Université de Montréal - Element AI, Canada

Jeannette Bohg, Stanford University, USA

Oliver Brock, TU Berlin, Germany

Isabelle Dépatie, Element AI, Canada

Dieter Fox, University of Washington, USA

Dan Koditschek, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Tomas Lozano-Perez, MIT, USA

Vikash Mansinghka, MIT, USA

Christopher Pal, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada

Ingmar Posner, University of Oxford, UK

Blake Richards, University of Toronto, Canada

Nick Roy, MIT, USA

Dorsa Sadigh, Stanford University, USA

Stefan Schaal, Google

Gaurav Sukhatme, University of Southern California, USA

Denis Thérien, Element AI, Canada

Marc Toussaint, TU Stuttgart

Michiel Van de Panne, University of British Columbia, Canada

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    Contact

    General Enquiries

    For general requests, please contact events@elementai.com

    Accommodation and Facilities

    For requests and bookings regarding accommodation and facilities, please contact:

    Genevieve Merat

    genevieve.merat@elementai.com

    Tel: +1 514 963 4279

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