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The Montreal AI Symposium aims at gathering experts and professionals interested in fundamental advances and applications of artificial intelligence, with an emphasis on machine learning, deep learning and related approaches. The Symposium welcomes both academic and industrial participants; it seeks to build strong connections between researchers within the Greater Montreal area. We will feature a day-long event, filled with keynote addresses, contributed talks and posters, and time for networking and socializing.

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Call for Contributions

We invite you to submit a contribution to the fourth Montreal AI symposium. In order to promote research conducted in and around Montreal, at least one of the authors must be affiliated with an institution based in the province of Quebec.

We encourage submission of abstracts from both academic and industrial researchers, which can describe a technical or practical contribution, an open problem, an application or a position statement. Previously published material is acceptable. Do not include any confidential material.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Fundamental research in deep learning, reinforcement learning, kernel machines, Bayesian modeling, ensemble methods, optimization for machine learning;
  • Implementation issues, parallelization, software platforms, hardware;
  • Applications, including vision, audio, speech, natural language processing, robotics, healthcare, bioinformatics.

All selected works will be presented as a short video prepared by the poster submitters. Additionally a virtual poster session will be held on GatherTown the day of the event, where a representative per poster can present their work to participants.

Collaborative review

For each abstract submitted, the principal contact associated with the submission is asked to evaluate three contributions. This collaborative evaluation process is designed to accommodate the growing size of the AI community.

Instructions for abstract submission

Submissions will be handled electronically via the symposium’s CMT website: You will be asked to create a CMT account if you do not already have one. All abstracts must be written in English. At least one author on the submission must be from an institution within the province of Quebec.

To create a new submission, click on ‘Create new submission’ and respond to the few questions.  Abstracts should be at most one page text in 10pt font, with one extra page for figures and references.

Reviews are double-blind: submissions revealing the authors’ identities will be automatically rejected. When citing your previous work, refrain from using ‘we’ or ‘our’. We accept previously published material (including pre-prints) but we ask you not to cite this material to maintain anonymity during the reviewing period. We also ask you to omit acknowledgments in your submission.

Submission deadline: July 1, 2020 5PM EST

Notification of acceptance: July 18, 2020

Submit video and poster: August 12, 2020


The Symposium will be held virtually on September 11th, 2020. The event is free of charge for participants. Register now!

Code of conduct

This symposium aims at facilitating discussions and the exchange of ideas. We ask all participants to be respectful of others and to be aware of their own behaviour. Registration for the symposium will require signing the code of conduct available here.

Call for Sponsors

The organization of this event is entirely supported by sponsors, as registration is free of charge for attendees.

If you are interested in learning about our sponsorship offers for the Montreal AI Symposium, please contact the Symposium organizers.

Organizing Committee

Senior Program Chair:

  • Audrey Durand, Université Laval

Program Chairs:

  • Pablo Samuel Castro, Google
  • Erdem Ozcan, Automat
  • Amy Zhang, Facebook and McGill University

Local Chair:

  • Nadine Kairallah, MILA

Inclusion and diversity chairs:

  • Tess Berthier, Imagia
  • Prudencio Tossou, InVivo AI

Special thanks to Nicolas Lazri (MILA) for helping us setting up the symposium online!

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