Montreal AI Symposium 2021

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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.

General Information

When: Saturday, October 30 from 8:30 am – 17:30 pm 

Where: both online and in-person (limited capacity). The in-person event will take place at Mila in the Agora Cafe. (see below for details about the in-person and the online event)

Who: Anyone interested in machine learning and artificial intelligence

Please register for the event here (Eventbrite) for both the in-person and the online. We will notify those a week before the event who wanted to attend in-person if there is room availability. Everyone should register with the same link regardless of whether you want to attend in-person or online. You must indicate in the Eventbrite form if you want to attend in-person otherwise we will assume you want to attend online.

Submit your CV here if you would like it shared with our sponsors.

In-person: The in-person event will take place at the Mila-Quebec AI Institute in the Agora. We are limited to 100 person capacity. Due to health guidelines, you must wear a mask and show a Quebec vaccine passport to attend the in-person events. We will be unable to provide any food/drink; however, there is a long break for lunch. We hope that most of the speakers will give live talks at the in-person event. Those not giving in-person talks will be live streamed to the in-person audience. Note that all the sponsors and poster session booths will only be available on (no live booths). 

If you are interested in attending the in-person MAIS 2021, please make sure to indicate this when filling out the Eventbrite form here. One week before the event, we will inform you if we have space.

Online: All the talks will be live streamed via Zoom. Poster sessions and sponsor booths will be in An email with the links to the Zoom and will be sent out a week before the conference.

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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.

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: September 14, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Notification of acceptance: October 13, 2021

Submit poster: October 23, 2021

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 behavior. 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:

  • Courtney Paquette, McGill University

Program Chairs:

  • Anna Huang, Google
  • David Rolnick, McGill University
  • Gauthier Gidel, Université de Montréal

Diversity and inclusion chairs:

  • Bahare Fatemi, University of British Columbia
  • RC Woodmass, Queerit

Contact the organizers:

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