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Montreal's AI Scene Most Exciting Week

DEC. 01— 08 2018 | MONTREAL, CANADA

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About Montreal AI Week

Montreal will host for the first time the world’s largest conference in AI, the NeurIPS. Dozens of independent events, meetups, hackathons, panels, and parties will coincide with this global happening. This platform is here to help you get to know what’s going on to make the most of this special week! 

Montreal AI Week 2018 Timeline

01/12

Data Viz Special Edition

Data Viz Jam Sessions Montreal proposes a new formula for their last Jam Session of the year 2018: the creation of a collaborative visualization. Inspired by Makeover Monday, the participants will take this session to revisit a visualization and share tips and tricks! A dataset will be available on Meetup one week before the event.

Date: December 1st, 2018
Hour: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Organized by: Data Viz Jam Sessions Montreal
Address: 51 Sherbrooke Ouest (Maison Notman House, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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02/12

NVIDIA AI Tech Summit at NeurIPS

NVIDIA will host the NVIDIA AI Tech Summit, a half-day workshop about how GPU-accelerated computing is transforming the landscape of computational science and AI. We’ll explore the future of GPU computing, give you the latest analysis of NVIDIA’s AI platforms, and demo our software.

Date: December 2nd, 2018
Hour: 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Organized by: NVIDIA
Address: 1001 Jean Paul Riopelle Pl, room 511C (Palais des congrès, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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02/12

1st Symposium on Advances in Approximate Bayesian Inference

In this symposium, besides recent advances in approximate inference, the impact of Bayesian inference, connecting approximate inference methods with other fields will be discussed. In particular, the symposium will draw connections between Bayesian inference and the fields of reinforcement learning, causal inference, decision processes, Bayesian compression, or differential privacy, among others.

Date: December 2nd, 2018
Hour: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Organized by: Advances in Approximate Bayesian Inference (AABI)
Address: 1000 Rue de la Gauchetière Ouest (Le 1000 Conference Center, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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02/12

NeurIPS 2018 Expo

NeurIPS Expo is a one day event taking place Sunday December 2 prior to the NeurIPS conference to give sponsors a forum to showcase technologies, make announcements, or a hold press conference.  NeurIPS Expo is free, however registration is required. See the full schedule here.

Date: December 2nd, 2018
Hour: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Organized by: NeurIPS
Address: 1001 Jean Paul Riopelle Pl, room 517C and 517D (Palais des congrès, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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02/12

The Montréal Declaration Responsible AI approach

The proposed activity aims to highlight the approach that has structured the work of the Montréal Declaration Responsible AI, which has mobilized the scientific community, civil society, and the industry community. The form would be a presentation by the professors and doctoral students who worked on the co-construction, followed by interactions with the public.

Date: December 2nd, 2018
Hour: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Organized by: IVADO
Address: 1001 Jean Paul Riopelle Pl, room 517C and 517D (Palais des congrès, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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02/12

Intel AI DevCamp at NeurIPS

A 4-hour, workshop style, training session where you can take your research and knowledge to the next level. Join other industry developers to see how the AI community is advancing and solving complex problems. Participate in a developer workshop to explore AI technologies ranging from the Intel® AI DevCloud to popular frameworks and tools.

Date: December 2nd, 2018
Hour: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Organized by: Intel
Address: 265 St Jacques St (St. James Theatre, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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02/12

Intel AI DevJam at NeurIPS

Immediately following the DevCamp, doors will open for the DevJam. This is a chance to visit and meet the AI developers from the community showcasing their projects using a variety of AI frameworks and tools including Intel®RealSense, Tensorflow*, Caffe*, OpenVino, Movidius, and FPGAs. Over a dozen poster sessions will be on display from our worldwide Intel® AI Student Ambassador community.

Date: December 2nd, 2018
Hour: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Organized by: Intel
Address: 265 St Jacques St (St. James Theatre, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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03/12

13th Women in Machine Learning Workshop

The Workshop for Women in Machine Learning is a one day event with invited speakers, oral presentations, and posters. The event brings together faculty, graduate students, and research scientists for an opportunity to connect, exchange ideas, and learn from each other. Underrepresented minorities and undergraduates interested in pursuing machine learning research are encouraged to attend.

Date: December 3rd, 2018
Hour: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Organized by: WiML
Address: 1001 Jean Paul Riopelle Pl (Palais des congrès, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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03/12

L’IA au service de la géomatique

This event will be in french. Découvrez comment l’intelligence artificielle contribue à des projets concrets d’analyses géographiques.

Date: December 3rd, 2018
Hour: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Organized by: Geo MTL
Address: 51 Sherbrooke Ouest (Maison Notman House, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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03/12

Amazon Women in Science Wine Mixer

Join Amazon Scientists for a night of networking! The event will be at Rosewood, located 400 meters (a 4 minute walk) from NeurIPS conference venue. This two story venue will have music, cocktails, appetizers, and activities celebrating women in science and engineering!

Date: December 3rd, 2018
Hour: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Organized by: Geo MTL
Address: 60 St Jacques St (Rosewood Montreal Pub & Restaurant, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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04/12

WiMLDS Montreal Launch Edition & NeurIPS Special


This will be first edition of the WiMLDS Montreal meetups. Whether you’re a data professional or simply curious, you are welcome regardless of your technical level or your gender. The event will feature four talks from impressive speakers, who will arrive from San Francisco, Nairobi, New York and London to share their knowledge. If you want to discover the creative applications of AI, how misconception about AI can cause human harm or how to bring analytics into a startup, we’re waiting for you!

Date: December 4th, 2018
Hour: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Organized by: Women in Machine Learning and Data Science Montreal
Address: 51 Sherbrooke Ouest (490 rue De La Gauchetière Ouest, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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04/12

AI Ethics: Final G7 Feedback Session

The Montreal AI Ethics Institute and Microsoft are joining forces to discuss the future of work and the skills that will be necessary for the modern economy.

Date: December 4th, 2018
Hour: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Organized by: Montreal AI Ethics Institute
Address: Microsoft Canada, 2000 Avenue McGill College, 5th Floor Montréal, QC H3A 3H3
Cost: Free

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04/12

NVIDIA Private Reception at NeurIPS

You’re invited to join NVIDIA at NeurIPS 2018 for an early evening of food, drink, entertainment, and surprises. We will be celebrating leading researchers and their advancements.

Date: December 4th, 2018
Hour: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Organized by: NVIDIA
Address: 417 Berri Street Montreal (Cirque Éloize, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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04/12

Launching of the Montreal Declaration for Responsible AI


The Forum Responsible AI launched the preliminary version of the Declaration, aiming to spark public debate and encourage an inclusive orientation to the development of AI. A year later, we are unveiling the new Declaration, enriched by the citizen experience and the expert perspectives.

Date: December 4th, 2018
Hour: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Organized by: Université de Montréal
Address: 1201 Boul St-Laurent (Société des arts technologiques, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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04/12

Mat'Inno : Les percées de l'innovation en santé


The event will be in French. Faites la rencontre du professeur Jacques de Guise, titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en imagerie 3D et en ingénierie biomédicale, et de l’entreprise EOS Imaging, grande entreprise étrangère d’imagerie médicale implantée à Montréal. Un duo chercheur/ entrepreneur qui vous exposera les clés de la réussite de la collaboration entre le milieu académique et entrepreneurial, pour l’amélioration des dispositifs de soins en santé.

Date: December 4th, 2018
Hour: 7:10 AM
Organized by: Quartier de l’innovation et la Jeune chambre de commerce de Montréal
Address: 1361 rue William (Hangar du Quartier de l’innovation, Griffintown)
Cost: 10$

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05/12

Techstars Montreal AI Accelerator

Join the inaugural Demo Day for the 2018 class of Techstars Montreal AI accelerator! 10 companies will take the stage to tell their stories and pitch their businesses. To learn more about the companies presenting, read this blog post.

Date: December 5th, 2018
Hour: 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Organized by: Techstars Montréal AI
Address: 1594 Rue Saint-Denis (Théâtre St-Denis, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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05/12

AI XPRIZE Milestone Competition and Cocktail

The IBM AI XPRIZE and District 3 would like to invite you to witness the top 10 teams worldwide compete for the Milestone Competition. The AI XPRIZE, an international 4-year, multimillion dollar competition, has gone from 160 teams to 30 who are all looking to be part of the top 3 teams which will be presenting at TED in 2020 for 4.5 million dollars.

Date: December 5th, 2018
Hour: 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Organized by: District 3 Innovation Centre
Address: 1400 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, room J.A. de Sève (Concordia University, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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05/12

TechNoël Montréal 2018

The Holiday Season party for Montreal’s tech community: startups, entrepreneurs, investors… everyone is welcome! Plan your team’s holiday dinner this evening and come join us after to celebrate milestones, successes, small and large. All proceeds go to MTLinTECH.

Date: December 5th, 2018
Hour: 8:00 PM – 3:00 AM
Organized by: Alistair Croll, Conor Clark, David Dufresne, Gabriel Sundaram, Ian Jeffrey and Phil Telio
Address: 3616 St Laurent Blvd (Don B Comber, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: 20$

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05/12

Borealis AI NeurIPS Pub Nite

Join us after a day of conferencing to unwind with old friends, meet new friends, and feel the buzz of the year’s biggest AI event in one of Montreal’s authentic, old world style pubs. We’ll serve drinks and appetizers from 8:00pm.  RSVP and, in true holiday spirit, bring a friend

Date: December 5th, 2018
Hour: 8:00 PM – 11:00pm
Organized by: Borealis AI
Address: L’Assommoir Notre-Dame, 211 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T4
Cost: Free

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05/12

Element AI @ NeurIPS Party

Element AI is happy to invite you to its official NeurIPS party. Expect a night of engaging conversation with the intelligence community, views of Montreal’s beautiful Old Port, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and true Montreal delicacies… We’ll let you guess what that entails.

Date: December 5th, 2018
Hour: 8:00 PM – 11:00pm
Organized by: Element AI
Address: Belvedere Centre Des Sciences 2 de la Commune W. Montreal, QC H2Y 4B2
Cost: Free

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06/12

Networking lunch - Study AI in Montréal

Are you a student coming from abroad? Would you be interested to study in artificial intelligence (AI) or are you already studying in the field? Did you know that Greater Montréal is one of the main hubs in AI in the world? Come meet top universities of  Montréal, research centers and renowned professors to know everything about the studies in AI in Greater Montréal!

Date: December 6th, 2018
Hour: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Organized by: Je choisis Montréal
Address: Palais des congrès, Downtown Montreal
Cost: Free

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06/12

Data Viz Pop-up

Enjoy an afternoon exploration of Dash best practices, time-saving tips and shortcuts, and practical use cases in business and industry.

At Data VizPop-up, find out how teams of data scientists, business analysts, and researchers use Dash to solve “last mile” issues of communicating data to management, create self-documenting and future-friendly apps and widgets, and streamline your workflow.

Date: December 6th, 2018
Hour: 1:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Organized by: Plot.ly
Address: Plotly HQ, 5555 Avenue de Gaspe, Suite #118, Montreal, QC H2T 2A3
Cost: Free

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06/12

ProductTank MTL #26 - NeuroTech

The emergence of neurotechnology creates a profound opportunity to advance human well being and surpass cognitive limitations that were previously taken for granted. Decades of research have converged with social and economic forces to push neuroscience to the forefront of healthcare, business, and technology. For product builders, the rise of neurotech presents a unique set of challenges spanning hardware, software, and data analysis. In this edition of Product Tank MTL, we’ll hear from leading practitioners in the space who are pushing the boundaries of this nascent but fast-growing industry.


Date:
December 6th, 2018
Hour: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Organized by: Product Tank Montréal
Address: OSMO Cafe @ Notman, 51 Rue Sherbrooke O · Montréal, QC
Cost: Free

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07/12

Visually Grounded Interaction and Language

The dominant paradigm in modern natural language understanding is learning statistical language models from text-only corpora. This approach is founded on a distributional notion of semantics, i.e. that the “meaning” of a word is based only on its relationship to other words. While effective for many applications, methods in this family suffer from limited semantic understanding, as they miss learning from the multimodal and interactive environment in which communication often takes place – the symbols of language thus are not grounded in anything concrete. The symbol grounding problem first highlighted this limitation, that “meaningless symbols (i.e.) words cannot be grounded in anything but other meaningless symbols”

Date: December 7th, 2018
Hour: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Organized by:
Address: Palais des congrès, Downtown Montreal
Cost: Free

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07/12

Montreal AI Week 2018 Closing Cocktail

Description:You’ve heard that this week is “AI Week” AND we have some amazing researchers, entrepreneurs, community builders and AI enthusiasts in town!!  At last count, more than 8000 of them are getting together in our lovely Montreal for #NeurIPS2018! Do the math, let’s Learn, Share, & Network. Eat, Drink & Party! In a nutshell, whether you’re participating in NeurIPS or the countless side events happening throughout the week, it’s a great opportunity to come learn and share with some veterans of the AI

Date: December 7th, 2018
Hour: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Organized by: Montreal NewTech, Gradiant.AI, Desjardins Lab, Women in Machine Learning
Address: Desjardins Lab, 175 René Levesque West, Montreal, Quebec
Cost: $0 – $45

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07/12

2nd Black in AI Workshop at NeurIPS

The workshop will feature invited talks from prominent researchers and practitioners, oral presentations, and a poster session. There will also be socials to facilitate networking, discussion of different career opportunities in AI, and sharing of ideas to increase participation of Black researchers in the field. We invite all members of the AI community to attend the workshop.

Date: December 7th, 2018
Hour: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Organized by: Black in AI
Address: 1001 Jean Paul Riopelle Pl (Palais des congrès, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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08/12

AI Safety Unconference 2018

The AI Safety Unconference brings together people interested in AI safety for an afternoon of participant-driven moderated discussions. The focus of the event being to maximize valuable social time, supported by a minimal structure. Discussion groups will self-assemble to cover multiple topics and intersections of the field — from specific technical AI safety problems to longer-term governance issues.

Date: December 8th, 2018
Hour: 12:00 PM – 17:30 PM
Organized by: Orpheus Lummis (Effective Altruism Québec), Vaughn DiMarco (MTLDATA) and David Krueger (Mila)
Address: 175 René-Lévesque Blvd W (Desjardins Lab, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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08/12

AI for Social Good NIPS2018 Workshop

The AI for Social Good workshop will focus on social problems for which artificial intelligence has the potential to offer meaningful solutions. The problems we chose to focus on are inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of seventeen objectives that must be addressed in order to bring the world to a more equitable, prosperous, and sustainable path.

Date: December 8th, 2018
Hour: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Organized by:
Address: Room 517C Palais des congrès, Downtown Montreal.
Cost: Free

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08/12

LatinX in AI Research at NeurIPS

First ever gathering on LatinX in AI, engineering, and research co-located with NeurIPS. The workshop is a one-day event with invited speakers, oral presentations, and posters. The event brings together faculty, graduate students, research scientists, and engineers for an opportunity to connect and exchange ideas.

Date: December 8th, 2018
Hour: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Organized by: Accel.AI
Address: 1001 Jean Paul Riopelle Pl (Palais des congrès, Downtown Montreal)
Cost: Free

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08/12

AI & Climate Change lunch @ NeurIPS

At this informal lunch, we will hear about ways in which ML is starting to be applied to problems in climate change, and discuss opportunities for doing more. This meetup is intended as a catalyst for future, more in-depth discussion within the ML community.

Date: December 8th, 2018
Hour: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Organized by: MILA
Address: Bier Markt, 1221 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, Montréal, QC H3G 1T1
Cost: Free

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