Montreal AI Symposium 2019

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.



Suchi Saria
John C. Malone Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University
Keynote talk 1: Safety Challenges with Deep Learning and Novel Approaches for Failure Proofing.
Shiri Azenkot
Assistant Professor of Information Science at Cornell Tech
Keynote talk 2: AI-Powered Access: Intelligent Interactive Systems to Support People with Visual Impairments


Doina Precup
McGill University/DeepMind
Pablo Samuel Castro
Google Research (Brain team)
Fenwick McKelvey
Concordia University

Title: Artificial Intelligence at the Interface with Other Disciplines

Abstract: Artificial intelligence has begun to impact research and development in a variety of disciplines–including the social sciences and humanities–and domains–including health care and education.  While AI has contributed to a variety of areas, there are opportunities to broaden the impact to new disciplines or to incorporate insights from other disciplines.  The focus of this panel is to more deeply understand how AI influences the disciplines it interacts with and how researchers can learn from and work with stakeholders those outside of the AI community.  This panel will be a conversation between individuals from diverse disciplines.


  • Suchi Saria (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Pablo Samuel Castro (Google)
  • Fenwick McKelvey (Concordia University)
  • Doina Precup (McGill University/DeepMind)



The Symposium will be held on September 6th, 2019, and is hosted at the University of Montreal. The event is free of charge for participants with mandatory registration. It is easily accessible from the public transit system (Station Université-de-Montréal / Éd.-Montpetit, blue line).

The day program (8am-5pm) will be held in the room K-500 of the Roger-Gaudry Building at the 2900 Boulevard Edouard-Montpetit, Montréal, QC H3T 1J4 (see the red star on the map below).

The poster session + reception (5-8pm) is held in the Hall L-400 of the same building.

Where will the posters be presented?
Main Hall - Posters 1 - 70
Hall of Medicine - Posters 71 - 80
M-425 - Posters 81 - 100


Daycare will be offered for free during the symposium. However, registration will be mandatory.


To prevent the event from being full immediately, an unlimited number of pre-registrations will be open from August 12th to August 21st. Applicants can pre-register by following this link.

By August 23rd, participants will be chosen at random among those who pre-registered, based on the capacity of the venue. For every accepted paper, one of its authors will have a guaranteed participation. The random draw will not be uniform as the organizers will try to get as representative an attendance as possible. To that end, we encourage you to fill in the demographics questionnaire which, with your approval, will be used for the random draw.*

Once the participations have been chosen, each participant will need to confirm their attendance. If they do not, the registration will be relinquished. Participants who cannot attend can also choose to voluntarily relinquish their registration until 2 days prior to the event. Participants who are registered but do not come to the symposium might be barred from next year’s event. This is to ensure as many people as possible will attend this event.

*We are concerned about barriers faced by people with particular identity profiles which may limit their participation in the field. As an early step of any coordinated effort to reduce these barriers and hopefully increase the participation of underrepresented groups, we wanted to characterize our community according to various dimensions of identity. It is important for us to do this in a way that allows people to voluntarily and accurately self-identify but is also standardized and easy to analyze in an anonymized way. These data can be used to better understand the specific needs of our community members, track our efforts to increase diversity over time, compare the makeup of different communities/conferences and establish base-rates for certain identities. For MAIS 2019, following the successful experience of MAIS 2018, we use the voluntarily self-identified demographic information to have a fair representation of participants.

Organizing Committee

Senior Program

  • Negar Rostamzadeh, Element AI

Program Chairs:

  • Laurent Charlin, MILA, Université de Montréal/ HEC
  • Adriana Romero, Facebook AI Research/ McGill
  • Fernando Diaz, Microsoft Research

Diversity and inclusion chairs:

  • Laurent Dinh, Google Brain
  • Hana Nagel, Element AI

Local Chair:

  • Émélie Brunet, MILA, Université de Montréal


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Land acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge that the University of Montreal is located on unceded Indigenous lands.
The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather for this event.
Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations.
Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples.
We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

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.





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